March 28, 2014, 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Frank Walk Room

the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series

The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series invites prominent engineering professionals, corporate executives, and public servants to illuminate public policy and societal STEM issues, promoting dialogue and sustainable solutions. The lecture series will be held in conjunction with LSU Space Day to highlight the College of Engineering’s partnerships with NASA and other industry leaders, and the presence of space research in the state.

Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series Agenda

  • Dean’s Welcome by Dr. Rick Koubek, LSU College of Engineering
  • Introduction by Patrick Scheuermann, Director, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA
  • Keynote Address by Wanda Sigur, Vice President & Deputy, Civil Space, Space Systems, Lockheed Martin 

Keynote Speaker: Wanda A. Sigur

Wanda Sigur is Vice President & Deputy, Civil Space, Space Systems, for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity, she has executive responsibility for national space programs relating to human space flight and space science missions; including planetary, solar, astrophysical, and Earth remote sensing for civil government agencies. These major programs include the Orion Multi-purpose Crew Vehicle, Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes, GOES-R weather satellites, Juno, GRAIL, MAVEN, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Odyssey, and OSIRIS-REx planetary missions, and the company’s nuclear space power programs.

Previously, Ms. Sigur was Vice President, Engineering, Space Systems, for Lockheed Martin Corporation, as well as the Vice President and Program Manager of the Space Shuttle External Tank (ET) program for Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems, at NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, LA prior to that. Throughout her career, Ms. Sigur has led several critical initiatives for Lockheed Martin, including Model-Based Enterprise efforts, Technical Knowledge Management and friction welded cryogenic aluminum lithium welded hardware implementation. She also served as the Lockheed Martin ET Columbia Accident Investigation lead. The resulting redesign and verification plan was recognized by NASA as critical to a technical basis that allowed the program’s return to flight.

Ms. Sigur graduated from Rice University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering & Materials Sciences. She is also a Beta Gamma Sigma honors graduate with an MBA from Tulane University. Ms. Sigur also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Defense Industrial Association.

Directions to the Frank Walk Room

The Frank H. Walk Design Room is located inside the Engineering Annex at the corner of Nicholson Extension and Ceba Lane on LSU’s campus. The building is directly across from Patrick F. Taylor Hall. See the map below for more details. 

From I-10 East: Take Exit 155A: LA-30/Nicholson Drive, Keep left toward LSU, Turn right onto Terrace Street, Take the 1st left onto Nicholson Drive, Turn left onto Nicholson Extension (If you reach Burbank, you’ve gone too far) 

From I-10 West: Take Exit 157B: Acadian Thruway, Turn left onto South Acadian Thruway, Stay straight on Stanford Avenue, Take slight right onto LSU Avenue, Turn right onto Highland Road, Take slight left onto Nicholson Extension

Frank Walk Room Map