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GMiS Luminary Spotlight: Frances Gonzalez of Lockheed Martin

Congratulations Frances J. Gonzalez, Senior Project Engineer at Lockheed Martin — Rotary and Mission Systems and GMiS 2021 Luminary Award winner!

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.

Throughout the 33rd Annual GMiS Conference, Great Minds in STEM will be highlighting members of our Class of 2021 Luminary honorees, comprising of Hispanic innovators who are engineering the future while lighting the way for the next generation of STEM leaders.

Our next spotlighted Luminary is Frances Gonzalez, Senior Project Engineer at Lockheed Martin, Rotary and Mission Systems, and a pillar for technical excellence, serving as a role model for Hispanics in STEM throughout his 7+ year career in the aerospace and defense industry.

Currently a Senior Project Engineer on the CH-53K Heavy Lift Replacement Helicopter Program, Mr. Gonzalez leads multiple tiger teams tasked with closing technical issues in support of major program milestones such as initial operational test and evaluation and full operational capability.  

He also coordinates technical interface meetings with the customer, supports flight test and design validation efforts, and helps with part delivery for the build of production aircrafts.

Born in the South Bronx, Mr. Gonzalez graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and is currently pursuing his MBA from Pennsylvania State University online.

With a passion for diversity and inclusion, Mr. Gonzalez currently serves as the co-site lead for the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Awareness business resource group at his worksite and helps organize career development and community outreach events for the Hispanic community and its allies.

He also has mentored countless men and women of color, including those through a program he founded and led at the local Wakeman Boys and Girls Club in Bridgeport, CT.

See Mr. Gonzalez’s acceptance speech here and congratulations to the entire Class of 2021 GMiS Luminary honorees!

Stay tuned for more exemplary Hispanic professionals in STEM as Week 1 of the GMiS Virtual Conference continues.