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GMiS Luminary Spotlight: Nathan Apodaca of Leidos

Congratulations Nathan Apodaca, Vice President and Division Manager within the Civil Group at Leidos, a GMiS 2021 Luminary honoree!

GMiS Luminary honorees represent professionals in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who initiate, collaborate, and lead key programs and research within their companies. These individuals have made significant contributions to the Hispanic technical community as leaders and role models.

As we kick off our 33rd Annual GMiS Conference, we will be spotlighting our Class of 2021 Luminaries, comprising of Hispanic innovators who are engineering the future while lighting the way for the next generation of STEM leaders.

Our first honoree is Nathan Apodaca, Vice President and Division Manager within the Civil Group at Leidos, responsible for providing information technology solutions to civilian agencies.

His current role is as Program Manager of the NASA End-User Services and Technology (NEST) program, where he is responsible for providing Enterprise information technology services and solutions, as well as providing hardware, software, mobile devices, and accessories consumed by 60,000 end-users across 18 performance sites within the US.

Prior to this role, Mr. Apodaca managed an information management & technology contract providing support services to more than 37,000 US Army Corps of Engineers customers located across the globe.

He has also served as Senior Program Manager for the Desktop Institutional Computing Environment program at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he oversaw critical IT services, such as email, storage, virtualization, and cloud computing.

Mr. Apocada graduated Cum Laude from National American University, in Colorado Springs, CO, with a B.S. in Information Technology with a concentration in Management Information Systems. He also earned an MBA with an emphasis in Technology Management from Colorado Technical University in Colorado Springs.

He has received multiple awards for his work including several awards from NASA, JPL, and Lockheed Martin, as well as the prestigious Leidos Group Presidents Award.

See Mr. Apocada’s acceptance speech here and congratulations to the Class of 2021 GMiS Luminaries. Stay tuned for more exemplary Hispanic professionals in STEM as Week 1 of the Conference continues!