Young A&D Professional: Christy Roof

Systems Engineer
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company
B.S., University of Texas at Arlington, Aerospace Engineering
M.S., Southern Methodist University, Systems Engineering

When did you first decide to take STEM courses and/or pursue a career in engineering?

I began my college studies with plans to be a math teacher, but when I was taking Calculus, my professor identified my desire to apply the concepts and suggested I should consider engineering. From there, I took an Introduction to Engineering course and loved it!

Who was most influential in your decision making?

My dad worked as an HVAC mechanic after leaving the air force as a B-52 aircraft mechanic, and he fixed everything. As a child I was amazed at his ability to trouble shoot and understand the cause of the problem.

What do you do in your job?

I support the modernization of the F-22 mission system design as a Systems Engineer.

Why do you like your job?

I get to problem solve every day and work in teams of diverse groups of people that do more together than I could ever do alone.  My contributions will ensure our country’s ability to protect our people and defeat any foes.

Any advice to young students wanting to pursue a career in engineering and enter the aerospace industry?

Perseverance is the key to success.  When you want something – don’t quit, and if you set a goal to become an engineer, then do it.  Don’t let anything stand in your way. At some point you will fail, but get back up and keep going.