Text by Chessa Birrell/
Photos by Ambria Clark
Ambria Clark, an industrial engineer at Lockheed Martin for the past 16 years, found her love of technology and engineering early in life. She is passionate about inspiring other young women to enter STEM-related fields.
A native of Georgia and from the South Fulton area, Clark received her bachelor’s degree from Mercer University in 2004 where she studied industrial management. She completed a master’s of business administration at Kennesaw State University in 2009. Before starting at Lockheed, she worked with the Georgia Road and Tollway Authority as an operations analyst, where she conducted revenue studies to save money and streamline operations.
At Lockheed, she supports the wire fabrication shop, which includes about 200 electricians and six supervisors who work on the C130 aircraft assembly line.
Clark is the third generation of her family to work at Lockheed, following her grandfather and father. Her parents have always been supportive of her pursuing a career in a STEM field. As a young child, she enjoyed games and activities that were engineering related such as Legos and blocks. Her parents exposed her to STEM-related events early in life, which sparked her interest in the technology field.
Clark now has two kids of her own to share her love of engineering. In her free time, she likes spending time with her husband and sons, bowling, playing baseball, or watching movies.
As a woman, Clark said her career choice hasn’t always been easy. At times, she felt unheard or that others were doubting her knowledge in the field.
She said you must be boisterous if you want to be respected and have your opinion matter. After 16 years, she has earned the respect of her coworkers, as people now come to her for help and ask for her input. She also underscored the importance of getting women interested in the STEM field early.
“There are so many events out there, that if we get them interested at a young age, then they might stick with it,” she said.
Student Biography: Chessa Birrell is a senior at Kennesaw State University studying information systems. She hopes to pursue a career in the data analysis field.
Women’s Leadership through Virtual Exchange: Youth Sharing Digital Stories (WLVE) is a project engaging 100 undergraduate and graduate students from Hassan II University Casablanca with 100 undergraduate students from Kennesaw State University in a unique cross-cultural virtual exchange experience focused on better understanding women’s leadership through research, analysis, and digital storytelling. This virtual classroom-based project will collect biographical stories of successful women leaders in both countries written by the students and publish them online on Bokeh Focus.