STEM Professional of the week

Mark Evilsizer      
Northrop Grumman Corporation

Mark Evilsizer was born in Los Angeles, California, the eldest of two boys. He married his high school sweetheart soon after she graduated, and they started a family right away. After their daughter was born, he worked during the day to support his young family and studied long hours at night and weekends to complete a degree in business administration, becoming the first in his family to graduate from college in the process.

After working at a variety of part time hobs, a referral from a family member led to his first full-time position at Northrop Aircraft. Years later he left Northrop Grumman and pursued aerospace consulting opportunities, but he returned in 2005. Now a Senior Engineering Planning Analyst with the Northrop Grumman Corporation, he leads a group that supports the Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS). Mr. Evilsizer is responsible for tracking costs associated with program performance and providing guidance and recommendations to ensure the program remains within budget. In 2013, UCAS is set to make history as the firs unmanned tailless jet to land aboard an aircraft carrier.

In 1997, Mr. Evilsizer became an adjunct faculty member at Palomar Community College in northern San Diego County where he taught business and vocational education classes. In 2002 he was elected to the Palomar Community College District Governing Board, where he continues to serve today. He was instrumental in leading the college to achieve many milestones, including recognition as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education.

His success at Northrop Grumman and his experience teaching community college students inspired Mr. Evilsizer to become a founding board member of Encuentros Leadership in San Diego County, in 2003. Encuentros Leadership was established to address the alarmingly high school dropout rates of Latino males. The group creates culturally relevant programs aimed at getting more Latino boys engaged with school and learning. Encuentros has held 8 annual summer Leadership Academies at Cal State University San Marcos to teach leadership competencies. With the support of industry sponsors like Northrop Grumman, Encuentros puts together annual education and career conferences. These events pull as many as 900 middle school students from Northern San Diego County to participate in hands-on workshops around careers in STEM.

When Mr. Evilsizer rejoined Northrop Grumman in 2005, he did so with a full plate of service activities. But rather than wind down, he expanded his efforts to provide much needed programming in his community. He was instrumental in brokering a relationship between Northrop Grumman engineers and the Vista Magnet Middle School for Math and Science to benefit an after school engineering club. With the help of Northrop Grumman volunteers, middle school students have access to professional role models, STEM projects and career awareness. In 2011, Mark was one of five people selected by the Northrop Grumman Aerospace Sector to receive the Excellence in Volunteerism award.

Mark and his wife Alicia live in Vista, California and are celebrating their 39th wedding anniversary this year. They have a son and daughter, both of whom are teachers and they are expecting their fourth grandchild. Mr. Evilsizer has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Redlands, and a master's degree in business management from the Claremont Graduate University's Drucker School of Management. He was honored with the HENAAC Community Service Award in 2012.

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