In 1992, Lockheed Martin CEO Norm Augustine was appointed founding chair of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. Since that time, Lockheed Martin has remained an active partner through employee volunteer involvement and board engagement. Stephanie Hill, Vice President and General Manager of Cyber, Ships & Advanced Technologies, and most recently, Deon Viergutz, Vice President of Cyber Solutions, have represented Lockheed Martin on the MBRT board of directors. Mr. Viergutz serves as the immediate past president of the Fort Meade Alliance and president of the Fort Meade Alliance Foundation. He also serves as the Lockheed Martin liaison for the National Security Scholarship Program.
As a long-time member of MBRT, Lockheed Martin is committed to advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
“Students progressing through school today are presented with incredible opportunities and innumerable choices. The proverbial needle in a haystack in terms of career possibilities,” shares Mr. Viergutz. “In my case, since I was a young teenager, someone in the business community and later in the Army was there for mentoring, inspiration and igniting that spark. I think each of us has a responsibility to help students identify the art of the possible in terms of their capabilities, interests and aspirations. For over 100 years, Lockheed Martin has been doing the impossible. The innovation and can-do spirit inspires millions around the world.”
Lockheed Martin works to support programs that focus on student achievement, teacher development and gender and ethnic diversity. “To me … MBRT is a perfect example of what can happen when you bring together people who genuinely care about our children’s future, companies who are vested in doing business in Maryland and creating jobs,” Mr. Viergutz notes. “And lastly, whose focus is on helping students achieve their maximum abilities in having an immeasurable impact on tomorrow.”