Vishakapatnam, Dec. 13, 2017: Supporting the Government of India’s Skills India initiative and with a vision to encourage girls to take an interest in STEM subjects and careers, global technology leader Lockheed Martin teamed with the India Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WAI) to stage a Girls in Aviation Day, showcasing to opportunities in the aviation and aerospace sectors.

Approximately 50 girls from two schools explored the exciting world of aviation and engineering during a visit to Vishakapatnam airport, where they had the opportunity to learn from employees and discuss airport operations with members of the senior management team.

 The girls also met with representatives from industry and local government to discuss the relevance of careers in engineering and aviation to today’s young women. The girls heard that engineering should no longer be viewed as suitable only for males as the diversity of thinking in gender diverse teams often created the most productive and successful work environments.

During the day, the girls also had the opportunity to learn about Lockheed Martin’s belief that there can be no boundaries on innovation and to finding ways to encourage girls and boys to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). This day is specifically geared to making sure girls feel confident in pursuing STEM careers.

Speaking about Lockheed Martin’s vision of  encouraging young women to explore careers in aviation and aerospace, Phil Shaw, chief executive Lockheed Martin India said, “ Lockheed Martin has a diverse workforce in every sense and is proud to partner with organisations which have a similar mindset and a mutual interest in developing the next generation of engineers, technologists, aviators and scientists. These skills can power the national economy for decades to come but it is critical to be inclusive in every sense and to encourage girls as well as boys to take an interest from an early age. In this way we can unlock the full national potential, underpinning the Government of India’s Skills India initiative”.

 Radha Bhatia Chairperson Bird Group and President WAI (India Chapter) said, “We aim to empower more and more girls with the requisite skill sets to take aviation as a viable career option. “

The WAI India Chapter comprises of a group of women professionals from various sectors of aviation. The aim of Girls in Aviation is to further expand the professional curve of girls into hitherto ‘unknown’ sectors of occupations in aviation and aerospace. It promotes forays out of the age-old ‘glamour’ quotient that may encompass air hostesses and pilots.

About Lockheed Martin Corporation

 Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

About Women In Aviation:

Women in Aviation International (WAI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. The 13,000+ worldwide member includes astronauts, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers and many others. WAI provides year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career. WAI also offers educational outreach programs to educators, aviation industry members and young people nationally and internationally.

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