• 2018 HENAAC Luminary •
As Chief Engineer for the Turreted Sensor Systems Program Area at Lockheed Martin, Lisbeth Vogelpohl is responsible for leading a team of approximately 100 engineers in the design, development and technical support tasked with producing three different complex electro-optical and Infrared sensor technologies. These products are used on helicopters and ground vehicles for the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army and constitute a business that generated $100 million for the company in 2018 alone.
Ms. Vogelpohl’s current role comes on the heels of a steady 16-year rise up the ranks at Lockheed Martin. She served as a Chief Engineer in the Tactical Missiles division where she developed sophisticated missiles for the U.S. Military. As a Senior Team Lead for a critical Air Force Missile program, she directed budgeting, scheduling, and technical tasks in addition to her engineering duties. She also designed and developed the Aero Seeker Concept of Operation which was used on three major Lockheed Martin proposals that led to two Excellence Awards.
Ms. Vogelpohl is also the recipient of Lockheed Martin NOVA Award, and LRASM Team Award, a Special Recognition Award CODE Program, and an LM Instant Recognition Award. She is a graduate of Lockheed Martin’s prestigious Advanced Technical Leadership Program, Program Management Institute, and Leadership Institute Program, and she’s been named Technical Operations Engineer of the Quarter by the company.
Born in Puerto Rico, Ms. Vogelpohl moved to the U.S. in the fourth grade without having any command of English. By relying on her enduring love for math and science she soon overcame the language barrier on her way to being named Valedictorian of her high school class. She combined hard work, merit-based scholarships, part-time jobs, and financial assistance programs to supplement her mom’s minimum wage job, and graduated with honors from the University of Notre Dame as an electrical engineer. Later, a teacher’s assistant job at Stanford University allowed her to earn her Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering with honors.
As part of her desire to help children who love STEM subjects as much as she does, Ms. Vogelpohl recently participated on a panel at the First Robotics Regional Competition.