STEM Professional of the week

Adriana Ocampo      
The Boeing Company

Born and raised in Colombia, Adriana Ocampo was introduced to science at an early age by her engineer father and marine biologist mother, who instilled in her the value of giving back to those around her. Adriana is very much aware of the sacrifices that individuals in her family made on her behalf, and she is now in a position to give back to the community.

Currently, Adriana is a Program Manager, BDS Mentor Protégé Program Small Business Liaison Officer (SBLO) for The Boeing Company, where she leads the strategic planning and execution of Supplier Diversity program initiatives to ensure strategic work placement opportunities are aligned with business unit strategy and maximize diverse business utilization as a competitive differentiator. She is also responsible for partnering with the Electronic & Information Solutions (E&IS) Intelligence Systems Group (ISG) division and multifunctional organizations leaders in the effort to maximize opportunities as well as collaboration with external industry Affiliate Organizations, Customer Agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, and the Office of Small Business Programs.

In her most recent prior position as a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR) Program Manager for Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS) Adriana scouted-out the power of innovation by identifying strategic qualified potential small/diverse businesses that provide emerging technologies and/or unique capabilities.

Adriana drove execution to the U.S. President’s call of action to prime contractors to lower barriers for small businesses to enter the defense acquisition stream, and served as Boeing’s focal for interactions with the Department of Defense, NASA, National Science Foundation, other government agencies and the aerospace industry in matters related to small business programs including Mentor Protégé and Small Business Innovation Research.

She was responsible for maintaining and improving relationships with Hispanic members of U.S. House and Senate on matters related to small-business subcontracting and engagement opportunities. Adriana also had the responsibility for developing strategies and integrating plans to enhance Boeing’s relationship with research-driven Hispanic/Minority Serving Institutions and Small Businesses, specifically focusing on innovative research partnerships key to the acceleration of Boeing’s technology solutions.

Adriana is an exceptional leader, mentor and role model. A promoter of STEM education, she mentors participants in local St. Louis, Missouri robotics competitions, travels to underserved schools to speak to groups of students about STEM, and supports multiple U.S. and international professional outreach activities. Not only is Adriana a strong advocate for STEM education, but she is involved in various community activities. Adriana volunteers with the Sathya Sai Medical Camp as a bilingual translator during health fairs and she frequently garners participation from other Spanish-speaking employees at Boeing to support the events. Adriana also served on the National Board of Directors of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and with the South Florida SHPE Professional Chapter.

Since beginning her career with The Boeing Company in 1997, Adriana has shown great leadership not only in the St. Louis Community but within the Boeing organization. She was selected for the Boeing Operations Leadership Experiences Program, a three-year program to ensure Boeing maintains its operational effectiveness by cultivating leaders and planning for the next generation of leadership. And a few years later was also chosen to participate in the Boeing Enterprise Senior Executive Mentoring Program, which pairs senior executives throughout the enterprise with current and future Boeing leaders to develop and enhance their leadership capabilities. Adriana is one of the founding members Boeing Hispanic Employee Network Affinity group in St. Louis.

This incredible role model was honored with a Great Minds in STEM Luminary Award in 2011. Adriana earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Maryville University in St. Louis, Missouri.

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