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ITEEA DC Keynoter to Address “ Building Innovators Today to Better Serve Tomorrow"


September 23, 2015

Reston, Virginia, USA, September 23, 2015 —

The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) is pleased to announce Andre W. Thornton as its 2016 DC Conference Teacher Excellence General Session keynote speaker. Thornton is Senior Manager for Technical Leadership Programs, Information Systems and Global Services at Lockheed Martin.

STEM innovations continue to evolve at an accelerated pace and impact the world in which we live. In addition to the technical ability, having the business and social skills needed to lead the evolution is increasing in importance. Mr. Thornton will focus on inspiring and preparing the next generation of innovators that businesses require today and will need even more tomorrow.

In his role at Lockheed Martin, Mr. Thornton is responsible for creating and leading the strategy to develop the next generation of technical leaders. Since joining Lockheed Martin in 1998, he has served as an Independent Research and Development Project Manager, where he implemented a new Computer-Aided Design technology that resulted in savings of more than $2 million, and as a New Business Lead, where he led international capture efforts resulting in over $1 billion of orders for Lockheed Martin. Most recently he was the Mission Operations Capability Director and provided leadership and strategic direction for more than 2,000 employees worldwide.

Mr. Thornton has received numerous awards for technical and leadership excellence including the LM Aero Star Award (three-time recipient), LM Eagle Award, and the national Black Engineering of the Year Special Recognition Award.

He also serves as a mentor and is an active member of his community. He is a staunch supporter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters and has served as a board member for The Bridge Emergency Youth and Family Services Organization. He is currently Chair of the Board for the nonprofit Excel to Excellence, Inc. and recently cofounded U.N.C.L.E.—Unified Need for Courageous Leadership and Empowerment, which focuses on mentoring at-risk youth.

Mr. Thornton holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Georgia State University Robinson School of Business.

ITEEA's 78th Annual Conference will take place at Washington, DC’s National Harbor, March 2-4, 2016. The Teacher Excellence General Session is scheduled for Thursday, March 3 at 9:00am.



ITEEA is the professional organization for technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators. Its mission is to promote technological literacy for all by supporting the teaching of technology and promoting the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits. ITEEA strengthens the profession through leadership, professional development, membership services, publications, and classroom activities.