Lockheed Martin Launches First STEM Program in Singapore
New ‘Girls Take Flight’ initiative aims to launch young aspiring female students to greater heights in the exciting industries of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in Singapore
SINGAPORE, February 15, 2016 – Lockheed Martin today launched a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program, designed to provide an inspiring and more inclusive pathway for young and promising female students in Singapore to the stimulating and rewarding world of STEM.
In partnership with UN Women Singapore, Lockheed Martin held its first STEM event in Singapore today, titled “Girls Take Flight”. The event was held at Biopolis Singapore where over 300 students were in attendance to listen to and interact with three industry-leading women speakers: Lieutenant Colonel Carrie M. Howe, Marine Attaché to the Republic of Singapore, U.S. Marine Corps; Claire Deevy, Head of Economic Growth Initiatives, Asia Pacific, Facebook; and Dr. Guo Huili, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology Scientist, Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).
“Women have contributed a great deal to STEM industries throughout the years. Being a part of this evolving and exciting industry which places innovation at the forefront, we are excited to have the opportunity to encourage more young women to consider this line of work,” said Alina Boey, Head of Communications, Asia, Lockheed Martin. “I look forward to seeing more and more young women realize their potential and have the chance to make their own unique impact to our future.”
The three speakers spoke of their varied roles within the STEM industry, shared experiences and key challenges they face day-to-day and answered questions as part of an open panel session moderated by senior women executives from Lockheed Martin.
Lockheed Martin will continue to work closely with secondary schools in Singapore to launch the next initiative from its series of community involvement and mentoring programs.
“Advancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is an integral part of the Lockheed Martin promise,” said Doug Greenlaw, Vice President and Regional Executive, Asia, Lockheed Martin. “STEM resonates with our business strategy. We know first-hand the importance of educating young leaders as they aspire to develop the next generation of technological innovation. Today’s Girls Take Flight event is the first of many exciting and meaningful community mentorship programs we have planned for Singapore and the rest of Asia.”
About the Speakers
Lieutenant Colonel Carrie M. Howe
Marine Attaché to the Republic of Singapore, U.S. Marine Corps
Lieutenant Colonel Carrie Howe assumed the duties as the Marine Attaché to the Republic of Singapore in January 2014. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in English from the U.S. Naval Academy, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in May 1998. After attending The Basic School and flight training, she was designated a CH-46E Sea Knight Helicopter Pilot. Lieutenant Colonel Howe served in various positions in Marine Medium Helicopter Squadrons to include Training Officer, Schedule Writer, Flight Officer, and Aviation Safety Officer. She also held positions as a Forward Air Controller, Airfield Operations Officer, and Company Commander. She deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom one time and Operation Iraqi Freedom three times. In January 2012, she deployed to Juba, South Sudan to serve in the United Nations Mission South Sudan (UNMISS) Force Headquarters’ Operations Division. She was awarded a Sub-Saharan Africa Foreign Area Officer (FAO) designation in May 2012. She has more than 500-combat flight hours in the CH-46E Sea Knight Helicopter. Her personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Strike / Flight with Numeral “9”, and the United Nations Medal.
Head of Economic Growth Initiatives, APAC, Facebook
Clair constantly looks for opportunities to use technology for positive social change and impact. She is currently working for Facebook and leads the Economic Growth Initiatives for APAC. She has had a love of technology from an early age, tinkering with a Commodore64, a home computer and progressing to Visual Basic and developing websites. She would like to see more women pursue technology. She has more than 15 years' experience with some of the biggest brands in Australia (AMP and Commonwealth Bank) and globally (Microsoft), and is a passionate volunteer and avid mentor to young girls pursuing careers in STEM.
Dr. Guo Huili
Institute of Molecular & Cell Biology Scientist, Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*Star)
Huili studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University and Biology at MIT. For her doctoral thesis research, she used ribosome profiling and RNA-Seq to study microRNA-mediated repression in mammalian systems. This work has been highly-cited and is recommended by the Faculty of 1000, which identifies the most significant articles in biomedical research publications. Huili is a recipient of National Science Scholarships from A*STAR and was awarded an IMCB Independent Fellowship to conduct independent research at the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology.
About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that - with the addition of Sikorsky - employs approximately 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.