Engineering In Real Life (IRL)) Meet Troy Lambert, Systems Engineer, F-35 Integrated Test Force Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. As a recurring feature on Engineering Connect we’re going to take a closer look at the lives and stories of our very own Lockheed Martin engineers: What’s your earliest memory of wanting to be or being excited about engineering? What attracted to Lockheed Martin and what keeps you here? Troy: Lockheed Martin has been the biggest name in defense since I can remember understanding what defense was. As a child, I would see airplanes and wonder how they were made, but never thought that they did software. When Lockheed Martin approached me about a position out of college, I thought I was dreaming. Because I didn’t think they did software, I never formally applied, so I have always said it was meant to be because somehow Lockheed Martin found my resume and brought me onboard. Now that I’m here, I can’t imagine that the things I’ve experienced with Lockheed Martin could be provided by any other company. I’ve traveled the world, I’ve recruited at big name schools, I’ve made people’s dreams come true by bringing them into the company, and I’ve worked hand in hand with customers on domestic and international executive meetings in my first 5 years in the company. Also, the dedication the business has to STEM Outreach is unmatched in industry. What excites you most about the future of Engineering? Troy: I’m most excited about transforming technologies that will make the quality of life better for our society. Whether it is electric cars that are eliminating pollutants in the atmosphere, or advances in medical technology to make hospitals more efficient, the quality of life is making that much better due to advances in Engineering. Troy: Being from inner city Detroit, there were government sponsored after school activities to help keep students actively engaged. There was one program that allowed 6th and 7th graders to build PCs from scratch and the students got to keep them afterwards. This program was my first exposure to any sort of Engineering, and would be the first of many after school programs that continued to gauge my interest in Engineering going forward. Tell me about your Lockheed Career Journey? Troy: My career began in Colorado Springs, CO as a software engineer in 2013. That year, I worked on 3 different programs developing mission planning software for the Missile Defense Agency, Marine Corps, and the Air Force. After a stint in software engineering, I decided to transition to a branch of engineering that leveraged my natural talents, Systems Engineering. My first Systems Engineering role was for a program supporting the United Arab Emirates, working requirements, program plans, systems integration, and lab management. After a couple years in Colorado, I decided to transition to Aeronautics in Fort Worth, TX. As a Systems Engineer in Aeronautics, I had the opportunity work requirements for domestic and international programs, having the opportunity to work programs and travel to South Korea. Currently, I serve as the Technical Assistant to the Vice President of Engineering for Aeronautics, as well as the Flight Test Vice President. What piece of advice would you give to someone in the Engineering Community who is struggling with the transition of becoming an earlycareer engineer? Troy: Don’t be afraid to ask questions and fail. We are so conditioned to be ashamed to not already know something or to fail, but those questions or those lessons will make you have a greater understanding of why things are the way they are, and what not to do as you progress through your career.