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The Stephanie C. Hill Legacy Award goes to Ronald E. Moore. After becoming part of General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS)  in 2015, he quickly positioned himself as a leader in a cyber initiative with over 75 information technologists.


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More recently, Moore has implemented processes to ensure GDMS stays ahead of the curve of cyber threats and evolve its Zero Trust model of operations.

“A critical component of Ron’s value to our team is his ability to navigate the cyber landscape and translate critical business needs into action,” said Carl Walser of General Dynamics.

As an organizational leader, Moore is responsible for maintaining the enterprise security strategy to ensure technologies are protected and comply with security policies. Before joining GDMS, Moore worked in commercial and federal environments, establishing effective security programs.

Stephanie C. Hill is executive vice president of rotary and mission systems for Lockheed Martin Corporation. During her time with Lockheed, she has held positions of increasing responsibility. Deeply committed to talent pipeline development, she is a champion for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

The Dr. Christopher Jones Legacy Award goes to Elise Morris, an engineer for the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). Her expertise supports the Hypersonic Defense (HD) Component Technology initiative in the Department of Defense.

A key member of MDA and Air Force Research Laboratory collaboration efforts, Morris identified community of interest (COI) activities among the sensor, electronic warfare, and weapons COIs. She successfully teamed with senior engineers to plan and execute numerous HD Engineering Test Infrastructure Roadmap workshops.

“I am proud to have her as a member of my organization and proud to nominate her for her dedication and passion for the advancement of HD technologies in support of the needs of the DOD and the Warfighter,” said Dr. Shari Feth of the Department of Defense.

Before assuming the position of chief of operations at The Leadership Compass, Dr. Christopher Jones was president of technology services at Northrop Grumman. He also served as chief of maintenance at the U.S Air Force. He has been endorsed by his peers for his skills and knowledge in the aerospace, defense, and program management fields.

The Dr. John Tracy Legacy Award goes to Bernard Roberts, an unsung hero of the aviation industry. He invented a lubricant that keeps commercial airplanes in the air running smoothly. He was the first Black engineer in his workgroup in 1991, and the first Black chemical engineer to be named a Boeing designated expert in bearings. As Roberts explains it, his job deals with the movement of machines.

“Whether he is working to reduce friction through the use of lubricants and bearings or helping to smooth the path to success for young and minority engineers, Bernard has dedicated his life to removing obstacles to exceptional performance,” said Pat Cazeau of The Boeing.

John J. Tracy is a retired chief technology officer (CTO) of The Boeing Company. During his tenure as CTO, Tracy led Boeing’s engineering team, which created the first jetliner to feature a composite fuselage; an updated version of Boeing’s largest commercial airplane; and an experimental 30-foot unmanned space plane that’s the first reusable spacecraft since the Space Shuttle.

The Dr. Lydia W. Thomas Legacy Award goes to Kelven O’Dale Satterfield, chief engineer, and operations leader for the Goodyear Akron Test Center. Satterfield began working with Goodyear in 1999 and spent his first 12 years earning promotions and his Six Sigma Black Belt at the Union City, TN plant.

“He takes the safety and well-being of Goodyear associates as his priority but continues to hold each team member accountable to deliver. He also holds each associate accountable to treat others with respect and dignity and understands the role not only in Goodyear but the larger community,” said Matthew List of Goodyear.

Dr. Lydia Thomas retired in 2007, but throughout her professional career in federal contracting, she was recognized for her desire to continually learn new ways to apply STEM to everyday problems. Throughout her career, she held a series of technical and management positions, spanning the areas of energy, environment, health, and communications systems.


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