LARSM-AL Mechanical Analysis Lead
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Until he was 15, Luis F. Salvatico wanted to be a lawyer. However, after watching the launch of the space shuttle Challenger, and its horrifying destruction shortly thereafter, he channelled his passion towards science and today acts as the Mechanical Analysis Lead on the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile Program for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, coordinating the efforts of a team of eight engineers in the areas of structural, dynamic and thermal analysis and testing.
It is a challenging assignment, but Mr. Salvatico’s status as a recognized Subject Matter Expert in the static and dynamic testing of composite structures, earned through his 21 years of experience in the field, has led to many technological and scientific advances benefitting Lockheed Martin and its customers.
Born in New Jersey to Uruguayan immigrant parents, Mr. Salvatico moved back with his parents to Uruguay as a 16-year-old and, within a year, realised that he wanted to return to the land of his birth. His parents allowed him to complete his last two years of high school in the U.S. by moving in with an aunt and uncle in New Jersey and paying for his own expenses through part time jobs.
After high school, he moved to Florida to attend the Florida Institute of Technology to study Earth and Space Science. Then, after switching majors to Mechanical Engineering, he transferred to the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where he earned his B.S., Mechanical Engineering degree while supporting both himself and his 17-year-old brother, who by this time had also decided to return to the U.S.
Initially joining Lockheed Martin as a student contractor, he also worked at Harris Corporation on antenna design and analysis, before returning to Lockheed Martin and eventually landing a full-time Mechanical Engineer position. With a wife and two daughters who want to pursue careers in STEM-related fields, Mr. Salvatico seems to have fulfilled the American dream.
-By Vinnie Longobardo