BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) engineers and scientists received 53 prestigious honors at the 27 th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Global Competitiveness Conference, held in Washington, D.C., Feb. 7-9. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130212/PH58770-a)(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130212/PH58770-b)(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130212/PH58770-c) Lockheed Martin Chief Executive Officer and President Marillyn Hewson delivered welcoming remarks at the Awards Gala event. "We're particularly proud of our long history of supporting this conference because we understand the critical importance of introducing young people to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math," said Hewson. "Through our partnership with BEYA, we're able to broaden our reach and build a stronger pipeline of talent to help maintain our nation's technology leadership." BEYA recognizes STEM professionals and leaders who are committed to increasing the percentage of people from historically underrepresented communities in the technology workforce. The conference has evolved into one of the premier STEM outreach events that showcases talent, as well as provides students with opportunities to network and engage. Shan Cooper, vice president, Aeronautics and general manager of the Marietta, Ga. facility, received a Career Achievement Award honoring her broad social and economic impact in the field of engineering as well as her commitment to serving as a mentor for minorities in technology. Patricia Lewis, Human Resources vice president, Information Systems & Global Solutions, received an Affirmative Action Award acknowledging her efforts to promote advancement in education, job promotion, small-business development and community activities. Anthony Wingate, manager of subsystems and components for Quality Engineering at Sandia National Laboratories, received the Diversity Leadership Award recognizing his commitment to enhancing the opportunities for minorities in technology careers. Other employees were honored with awards including the Science Spectrum Trailblazer award, the 2012 Modern Day Technology Leaders award and other special recognition awards.