DeMatteis Executive Speaker Series: Life after College - A Panel Discussion with Lockheed Martin engineers

Transitioning from Undergrad to Engineer: Three early-career engineers and an engineering manager at Lockheed Martin discuss the inevitable shift from college coursework into fulltime engineer.  Topics include preparation, internships, day-to-day life, and advanced degrees.  Panel will field questions from the audience, as well.



Christopher Guagliano: Christopher Guagliano is an Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Senior Software Engineer for Lockheed Martin, working on computer vision and cognitive electronic warfare systems.  Chris graduated from Hofstra University in 2016, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. He joined Lockheed Martin immediately after graduation and has since worked in various roles of increasing responsibility within the software engineering and systems engineering departments on various projects, including cloud-based GPS algorithms, electronic warfare/electronic attack systems, inertial navigation, and program management. Additionally, he participated in Lockheed Martin’s Engineering Leadership Development Program and recently completed his M.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning from Johns Hopkins University. He also serves as the co-chair of Hofstra’s Engineering Industry Advisory Board.


Sara Morehead: Sara Morehead is a Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin Mitchel Field, working on the US NAVY Trident Submarine Program. She has over five years of experience with Lockheed Martin, starting with an internship in 2015, and then transitioning to full-time upon graduating with her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering in June 2016. Her current role includes being the GPS Integrated Product Team (IPT) Lead for the program, understanding both hardware and software subsystems of the GPS network. Prior to her role as the IPT Lead, she has worked on both electrical circuit design and integration and test for both GPS systems and inertial navigation subsystems. Sara completed her M.Eng. in Systems Engineering from Cornell University in 2019 and continues to utilize her systems engineering skills in her current role.


Jonah Schachner: Jonah Schachner has over 25 years’ experience working on Aerospace and Defense projects. He currently serves as the Advanced Systems & Analysis Manager for LM Rotary and Mission Systems in Mitchel Field, NY, primarily supporting the navigation system for the Trident Submarine Strategic Weapon System. Prior to Mitchel Field, he spent 19 years with LM Space Systems Company supporting a variety of satellite, interplanetary, and manned spacecraft programs as well as directed energy weapons and kinetic interceptor projects for missile defense. Mr. Schachner specializes in Guidance, Navigation & Controls, and Systems Engineering and earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Brown University and an M.S. in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from Stanford University.



Mikaela Stiklickas: Mikaela Stiklickas has over 3 years’ experience and currently serves as a Systems Engineer for the Lockheed Matin Rotary and Missions Systems in Mitchel Field, NY, supporting the navigation systems for the Trident Submarine Strategic Weapons System. Ms. Stiklickas has worked on training simulation systems and firmware while also building a customer repour with the US Navy. She is currently the STEM and Outreach lead at Mitchel Filed, conducting over 20 events while in this role. Ms. Stiklickas has also been the internship coordinator for the Mitchel Field site. Prior to her full time engineering role, she was an intern at Lockheed Martin Mitchel Field for two months in 2017. Ms. Stiklickas has earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from SUNY New Paltz and an M.Eng. in Systems Engineering from Cornell University.


Date: May 12, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:25 p.m.

Location: Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 919 6057 9923

Passcode: 954119


Open to the Hofstra community.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021



Hofstra University Virtual Event
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