Lawrence W. Stephens, BSAE '72, MSAE '79
Technical Director, Advanced Programs
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control
Past Chairman, Board of Advisors
Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Texas at Arlington, 2006
M.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
B.S. Aerospace Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington
Larry Stephens is Technical Director in the Advanced Programs area and is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating all Engineering & Technology activities within the area. He leads a number of development projects and new business pursuits requiring broad knowledge of innovation, technologies, engineering practices and project management.
Previously, he was Director of Strategic Initiatives and Affordability applying his experience in engineering leadership and program management to achieve organizational excellence through strategic planning and long-term continuous improvement. He strengthened the engineering proposal process by identifying and implementing best practices, and focused the organization on lower cost, high quality customer solutions by promoting a culture of affordability across the enterprise. He further contributed to the success of the company as a participant or advisor to technology development planning and new business efforts.
Larry served for several years as Director of Systems Engineering leading a global department of engineers supporting all major programs, research and development projects and new business pursuits in five business areas. He was responsible for the company’s systems engineering excellence in flight technologies, systems design and analysis, integration and test activities, and field test support operations.
He has more than 30 years of experience in aircraft, space and missile systems development in engineering and project management positions. Beginning his career as a flight technologies engineer, he quickly advanced in responsibility as a designer and analyst, and later served as chief engineer or project engineer for space systems, anti-armor, and air defense weapons programs. He successfully led the technical activities for several aerospace programs, from concept studies to flight demonstrations, and later became a section manager of flight technologies personnel (aerodynamics, guidance and control, and performance analysis) and then Director of Systems Engineering.
In addition to his own leadership duties, he coaches and mentors young professionals, and is actively involved in leadership development initiatives preparing the future business and technical leaders of the company. He has taught engineering and management topics in the Lockheed Martin Leadership Development Program and the Professional Development Program.
An Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Larry was awarded the Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the Institute. He is a member of several professional societies, including the International Council on Systems Engineering and the Project Management Institute. He has held leadership positions in a number of community service organizations and many professional and university advisory boards and committees. Larry currently serves as the Development Committee Chair for the College of Engineering Board of Advisors.