• 2019 GMiS Luminary •
Isaac Bravo is the Supplier Quality Engineering Staff / IPT Lead for the THAAD Missile Program in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business. Reentering the workforce after retirement as an Aerospace Quality Executive, he has served in multiple technical and leadership roles, including various product design disciplines, supplier quality, and specialty engineering assignments supporting aerospace projects.
In his current role as a Suppler Quality Engineer, Mr. Bravo is responsible for improving quality processes for Lockheed Martin’s major suppliers. He currently leads THAAD Integrated Process Management teams for three major suppliers, driving quality, cost and schedule to ensure the war fighter receives a defect-free product ahead of schedule.
Mr. Bravo is an active member of Lockheed Martin’s employee resource groups, including MilVets and the Hispanic Organization for Leadership Awareness (HOLA) where he serves on the board. Mentoring employees and college students at the University of Texas at Arlington, he frequently speaks at career days about what it takes to be an engineer and about aerospace dynamics. He also provides STEM activities to K-12 students through his participation in programs like GMiS’s Viva Technology and National Engineer Week.
Inheriting a strong passion for education from his family, Mr. Bravo considers it his duty to educate young minds and share his story – one where he broke away from a gang-ridden community to become a boxer, veteran, engineer, leader, visionary and a recipient of the prestigious Dallas Citizens of Merit certificate. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Mr. Bravo joined the U.S. Air Force right out of high school and obtained his Airframe Repair Specialist certification working on the B52 Bomber and KC135 at Carswell Airforce Base.
After leaving the military, his experience was instrumental to advancing his career path in the Aerospace industry. He held various positions during his 35-year career – from sheet metal inspector (where he was the first Latino hired for that position at his company) to operations supervisor to quality engineer and director (with more than 300 employees under him). While working full-time, he managed to garner both B.A. and M.A. degrees in Management from Dallas Baptist University.