Mary Lockhart is a nationally recognized and established leader in both aerospace and atmospheric science communities. Mary is the founder of PEMDAS Technologies & Innovations, a woman- owned, service-disabled veteran- owned small business. The company focus areas are the integration of weather intelligence into C4I systems, sensor technology and engineering for the Department of Defense. Since inception, Mary’s stewardship as CEO has enabled PEMDAS Technologies and Innovations to succeed in developing cutting edge products and services providing enhanced mission success and survivability to Air Force platforms in the combat arena.
Her previous leadership positions includes serving as a Senior Aerospace Meteorologist at NASA/Armstrong Flight Research Facility and as the Acting Director of Air Force Weather, Headquarters, U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.
In her military career, Mary has provided the Office of Secretary of Defense, Air Force, Army, Navy and the national intelligence community with programmatic support, modeling and simulation, and test expertise across a broad range of atmospheric phenomenology for more than 30 years. Her last assignment before retiring as a colonel in the USAF Reserves was as legislative liaison, US House of Representatives. In this capacity she served the senior leadership of the US Air Force, including the Chief of Staff, as an advisor and liaison on governmental matters of importance to Air Force training, staffing and funding.
Mary possesses a B.S. in Meteorology from Penn State University, a B.A. in Mathematics from the College of the Holy Cross and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University. Her technical expertise spans all phases of weather operations to include weather observing and forecasting, Research and Development, Operational Test and Evaluation, mission planning and execution, electro-optical and space environmental analysis. With direct support to mission planning for Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Mary is a recognized expert in environmental impacts to combat operations. She is the recipient of the Air Force Weather’s highest technical award for the most significant technical weather contributions to the warfighter.
As Program Manager for Department of Defense’s most advanced electro-optical weapons mission planning programs, Mary resolved program deficiencies and trained combat personnel of services worldwide for OEF and OIF. Mary has authored numerous technical reports/articles to include the importance of weather in mission planning and execution.