Northrop Grumman’s African American Task Group recognized Soror Lori Hickman as a Subject Matter Expert in providing guidance and leadership while supporting implementation of updates and training. In 2017 and again in 2020 Lori won Top Volunteer of the Year for her community service and volunteering over 1,000 hours in her community.
For over 13 years, Lori has been involved in many community outreach organizations to promote STEM… She teaches hands-on STEM learning to at-risk and underserved youth within her community, and in 2018 successfully started her own educational development program; Rising Star Leadership. As a professional in the Aerospace Industry and woman of color, she is setting an example for students to achieve their goals and career aspirations.
Four years ago, Lori launched the Sea Perch program in collaboration with the Melbourne Palm Bay Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. and Northrop Grumman. The SeaPerch program teaches engineering and design skills by providing students with kits and instructions to build their own underwater remotely operated vehicle. The SeaPerch Program has engaged predominately students. In 2019 the middle school team won 1ST Place in the Tidewater SeaPerch Middle School Challenge. In 2020 Lori introduced and facilitated the VEX IQ program at an after school community center. This program, sponsored by the Robotic Education & Competition Foundation (REC) and Northrop Grumman Foundation, to increase student interest and improvement in STEM and STEAM. In response to COVID-19, Lori’s STEM efforts have been modified to use a Virtual Robotics training model.
Go Team Hickman!