Dr. Sheryl Ehrman — Welcoming Ceremony
Dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering
at San Jose State University
Dr. Sheryl Ehrman is the Don Beall Dean of the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering at San Jose State University. She previously served as Keystone professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, at the University of Maryland, College Park, having worked at that university since 1998 as a faculty member. As chair, she oversaw an expansion of tenure-track faculty, development of two new BS/MS programs, the growth of the transfer student pathway, initiation of a multidisciplinary research center for advanced battery technology, and development and implementation of strategies to engage alumni and industrial partners.
Quency L. Phillips — Opening Keynote
Executive Director at Building Back Better
Maria E. Hartin-Swart — Closing Keynote
Contracts Director at Lockheed Martin Space
Maria E. Hartin-Swart is the Contracts Director at Lockheed Martin Space with specific responsibilities supporting Special Programs (SP) Line of Business and responsible for ~$2 billion annually.
She provides executive leadership and guidance to senior staff on contracts and business management complexities, strategies for proactive contracting, drives resolution of business issues with key customers, develops and executes training programs, process improvements, and staff development within the Contracts, Estimating and Independent Cost Evaluations teams.
Prior to coming to Lockheed Martin, Maria worked in the legal industry for 12 years supporting various civil litigations, construction, intellectual property and tort law. Maria’s experiences at Lockheed Martin over the past 17 years range from Program Management, Global Supply Chain Management, Estimating and currently as Director of Contracts with Lockheed Martin Space in Sunnyvale, CA.
Maria is a native Californian from the San Francisco Bay Area. She married her high school sweetheart and is a mom of two, which keep her busy and on the go. She holds advance degrees from San Francisco State University and California State University of Hayward. Maria is a certified Control Account Manager, a Six Sigma Green Belt, and a graduate of the LM Executive Development and Growth Enhancement (EDGE) program.
Maria is the Corporate Co-Chair of Hispanic Organization for Leadership & Awareness (HOLA) BRG, and an advocate in supporting key STEM initiatives within Space. In this role, Maria works to lead and coordinate HOLA initiatives and objectives in support of Hispanics and Latinx throughout the corporation. Throughout her career at Lockheed Martin, Maria has been intimately involved with promoting Hispanic cultural heritage, STEM in public schools and community volunteerism in Sunnyvale, Denver, Valley Forge, and Florida Cape locations. As a result, Maria was the 2020 Award recipient of the YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Silicon Valley and the 2020 National Award recipient of Great Minds in Stem (GMiS) Luminary Honoree.
Featuring speakers from all across the Silicon Valley.
Colleen Nowell — Rock Your Interview
Project Engineer at Blach Construction
Colleen Nowell joined Blach Construction as a Project Engineer, in February of 2022. She has worked in the construction industry since graduating from SJSU in 2017. In her free time, she enjoys binge watching a good TV show (she recently started Game of Thrones), traveling (she’s been to 9 different countries) and spending time with her friends and family. Her favorite aspect of working in the construction industry is learning something new every day.
Justin Nelson — Rock Your Interview
Project Engineer at Blach Construction
Justin Nelson joined Blach Construction as a Project Engineer, in January of 2022. He has worked in the construction industry since graduating from SJSU in 2021. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and spending time outdoors. Justin’s favorite aspect of working in the construction industry is working in a team environment. He also enjoys the opportunity to work both in the office and to be on a jobsite.