Lockheed Martin conducts fifth annual Information Technology Day

March 18, 2013 in Top Stories

Company to host educational talks, hands-on expo, STEM bowl and local job fair

The Mississippi Link Newswire

JACKSON, Miss – Lockheed Martin is hosting the fifth annual Information Technology (IT) Day on Friday, March 22 at the Jackson Convention Complex to increase IT education and awareness, as well as to encourage networking and collaboration in industry, academia and the community. The day-long event is free of charge and is open to the public. Lockheed Martin will also be on-site recruiting for jobs in the Mississippi area at the event.

Lockheed Martin has hosted this event for the past four years in Jackson. Attendees are invited to participate in an array of educational sessions that target both students and professionals.  The agenda highlights include a panel discussion of cyber security experts, as well as two distinctive track sessions to offer attendees the opportunity to hone their skills and information technology knowledge during break-out educational sessions.

The IT Day luncheon will feature a keynote address by Carla Harris, managing director and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, where she is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm’s securities and wealth management businesses. Ms. Harris, recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America,” is an award-winning author, a community activist and an accomplished singer.

More than 500 high school and college students will participate in the day’s hands-on activities. The students will also have the opportunity to compete in the annual Science, Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Bowl Challenge. These events are designed to increase the students’ knowledge and skill sets in STEM subjects for future employment, as well as provide them with an upfront look at current trends in the IT industry.

A vendor expo will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., showcasing technology and services from more than 50 local and national IT vendors. The expo provides a unique opportunity to network and exchange information in

a more relaxed setting. Attendees will be able to interact with a number of Lockheed Martin’s innovations such as its Human Immersive Laboratory, and a variety of touch-screen interactives. 

Lockheed Martin has a significant presence throughout Mississippi, with locations in Clinton, Biloxi, Stennis, Vicksburg, Meridian and Pascagoula that employ nearly 850 people. Lockheed Martin’s Clinton Mission Support Services Center, Army Corps of Engineers Information Technology Program headquartered in Vicksburg, and High Performance Computing Modernization Program located at Stennis Space Center and Vicksburg will be among the event exhibitors.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 120,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services.  The Corporation’s net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.