2018 Leadership Award Winners
Technical Area Lead, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Dr. David E. Lee is technical area lead for thermal power development and space tether technologies and systems within Aerospace Systems at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is program manager for multiple technology development and future systems contracts and serves as manager of the sector's Integrated Concept Development Facility for rapid spacecraft design in Redondo Beach, California. As an educator, Dr. Lee has impacted the careers of STEM students over multiple decades teaching classes in computer science, manufacturing engineering, spacecraft design and systems engineering. He is section author for Spacecraft Manufacturing Integration and Test in Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD.
Senior Aerospace Engineer, Air Force Research Laboratory/Space Vehicles Directorate (AFRL/RV)
Dr. Khanh Pham joined the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) in 2004 as an aerospace engineer. His multi-faceted technical activities at the AFRL and its Space Vehicles Directorate have included serving as an in-house researcher, technical lead, contracting officer technical representative, research advisor, mentor and adjunct research professor for basic research in command, control & communications autonomy. He has made pioneering and lasting contributions to statistical optimal control theory and game-theoretic operations research for space situational awareness and military communications, which he has advocated as the key to making space autonomy and assured satellite communications an integral part of tomorrow's airspace.
Program Manager and Technical Fellow, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Mr. Madhavan Komanduri is a program manager and thought leader with Northrop Grumman Corporation. Madhavan has extensive experience in managing and leading programs of high complexity and has deep understanding on how best to apply innovation for the success of programs. Madhavan has extensive experience working on the leading edge of technology through contributions to multiple programs, technical proposals, and white papers. Madhavan is a champion for STEM initiatives and mentoring technical professionals. He completed the Capture Strategy Executive Program from University of Chicago Booth School of Business and holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science from George Mason University.
President, InnoPreneur LLC; Consulting Partner, YourEncore; Former SVP, Global Innovation at Procter and Gamble, Co.
Shekhar is Co-founder and President of the Board of Trustees of SASE. After 29 years at P&G and post retirement, Shekhar works as a board member and strategic adviser to several Fortune 500 companies, few new ventures, and a Private Equity company. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor and is listed in the U.S. Congressional Record for his contributions to touching and improving lives through his impact on consumer meaningful innovations and community service. He is passionate about enabling younger generation of scientists and engineers across all cultures, companies, and businesses to achieve their full potential as professionals.
Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operations, The Boeing Company
Jenette Ramos is senior vice president of Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Operations and a member of the Boeing Executive Council. She has responsibility for manufacturing strategy and execution of the global supply chain and operations, including advanced manufacturing technologies, quality management systems, Environment, Health & Safety and Facilities & Asset Management. Ramos is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. She also earned a master's degree in business from Seattle Pacific University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University. Actively engaged in the community, she is a Board of Trustees member for The Nature Conservancy of Washington, campaign leader for American Heart Association Go Red for Women, and serves as a mentor for the Executive Development Institute.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The 115,000+ employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 18,200 employees in North America, with sales of $17.9 billion in 2017.
The CIA is an integral part of the US national security community and the premier agency responsible for providing global intelligence to senior policymakers on the ever-changing political, social, economic, technological and military environment. The Agency is composed of five directorates—Operations, Analysis, Science and Technology, Support, and Digital Innovation—that carry out “the intelligence cycle,” the process of collecting, analyzing, and disseminating intelligence information to top US government officials. Our mission is that of protecting the nation. For information on career opportunities, visit https://cia.gov/careers.
Vice President, Business Management, Resins & Additives, BASF Corporation
As Vice President – Business Management, Resins & Additives at BASF, Denise Hartmann is responsible for the Transportation, Industrial & Furniture Coatings and the Printing and Packaging businesses for the North American Dispersions and Resins business based in Southfield, Michigan. Denise lives in Northville, Michigan with her husband, Ian Crancer. Together they enjoy most outdoor activities including hiking and boating and both love to travel. Denise also enjoys long distance running. Denise earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA, with emphasis in Finance and Marketing from the University of Michigan.
Configuration Analyst Sr, Lockheed Martin
Victoria Van Conant is a Configuration Analyst Sr, Aeronautics for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She is currently the Configuration Management lead for two Skunk Works programs. Ms. Van Conant currently serves as the Palmdale Lead for the Professional Asian American Network at Lockheed Martin. Ms. Van Conant volunteers in the community supporting: Niamani Knight’s STREAM Expo, Engineers in the Classroom, Thanks for Giving, Science Olympiad, Super Science Saturday and Salute to Youth. One of her passions is speaking to students about STEM to encourage them in this field. Ms. Van Conant graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in English.
Sr Systems Engineer, Raytheon Missile Systems
Ketal Patel is passionate about sharing her technical and leadership experiences with others. Ketal is innovating on what it means to be a leader in modern industry by actively inspiring young generation to get involved in STEM, mentoring engineering Ph.D.’s and MBA’s in professional development, and coaching professionals in career advancement. She co-founded a women’s business resource group at Motorola and her work at Raytheon has shaped customer strategies and acquisition of $2B+. Ketal holds Master’s in Engineering Management and Master’s in Electrical Engineering, is certified as Program Management and Six Sigma Green Belt, and has a patent in innovation.
Senior Computer Engineer, DR-III, Air Force Research Laboratory
Lok received his B.S. in Computer Engineering and M.S. in Electrical Engineering with a concentration in Information Assurance from Polytechnic University in 2004. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Information Science and Engineering from Syracuse University in 2013. Lok has been employed as a Computer Engineer at the United States Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directorate in Rome, NY, since graduating with his Master's. There, he leads research in vulnerability analysis and virtualization and has served in the roles of researcher, program manager, and principal investigator. In addition to AFRL, Lok is also an Adjunct Faculty at New York University where he teaches Computer Security.
Mechanical System Design and Analysis Engineer, The Boeing Company
For the past 30 years, Dr. Son has made tremendous contributions as the lead for the International Space Station and Environmental Control & Life Support Systems Analysis Group at Boeing. He has also demonstrated outstanding leadership as a general chair for the International Conference on Environmental Systems. Dr. Son holds a patent for Centrifugal Air Separators and is published in over 60 technical articles. Dr. Son served as President for the Houston Boeing Asian American Professional Association. He has made significant contributions for the National Association for Korean Schools starting as a volunteer teacher for two decades and then as President. He is the Chair for My Dream International Foundation which awards scholarships for the young generation and organizes dream speech contests throughout the world.
Senior Systems Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Alex has worked on modeling and simulation, spacecraft, and as Northrop Grumman systems engineering manager for a national system safeguarding our country. As a refugee immigrant with no money and only a ninth grade education, compassionate people and education changed his life. Alex is dedicated to spread STEM around the world so others can enjoy the same opportunities and success. He is actively grooming/recruiting STEM leaders and fundraising to provide access for the disadvantaged to have a better future. He is a proud coach of robotics Team Inspiration and board member of Mesa College Foundation. Reach out and change life.