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National engineers WeekWe are proud of the nearly 3,000 engineers that work hard every day at ATK locations from coast to coast. National Engineers Week celebrates the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professions. ATK locations and staff support the STEM Foundation by participating in local events that help the our youth become familiar with the many possibilities available in engineering fields.

ATK-sponsored Girls Science and Math EventPink t-shirts and inspired smiles filled classrooms at the Northern Utah Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) in Science and Mathematics conference this past November.  The conference was sponsored by ATK Aerospace Group, continuing a valuable tradition and reaching more than 5,000 young women over the past 12 years.  EYH’s goal is to excite young women in grades six through nine about science, math and technical careers. Attendees selected from 28 different workshops that included learning about what it takes to be a veterinarian, a rocket scientist, a chemist, an engineer and a physical therapist. “We hope the conference will interest the girls in these professions and motivate them to become creative thinkers,” said EYH conference chair, and ATK mechanical engineer, Mai Nield.

Joy de Lisser, the vice president and general manager of ATK’s Aerospace Structures Division, received the Leadership Excellence Award at the Fifth Annual Women Tech Awards. She was recognized for her leadership, business management and vision to transform workforce cultures.

“This is a remarkable honor for me, not because I am being recognized but because I am among such an inspiring group of women,” de Lisser said. “Recognizing the contributions of women in the technology field is critically important in order to continue to recruit young, bright minds into these challenging and exciting areas.”

Committed to the effort of engaging young women interested in the fields of science and mathematics, de Lisser is involved with “Expanding Your Horizons.” EYH is a nationwide program, and ATK sponsors conferences throughout Utah where de Lisser was highlighted as the keynote speaker in 2011 to groups of young women in grades 6-9.

De Lisser became the first female vice president and general manager of the Aerospace Structures Division in June 2010. She has spent 30 years in the aerospace industry.

“Joy is a strong leader with a deep knowledge of the aerospace industry,” said Blake Larson, the president of ATK Aerospace. “ATK joins the Women’s Tech Council in recognizing Joy for all her achievements.”