Nelson Pedreiro Vice President, Advanced Technology Center Lockheed Martin Space


Dr. Nelson Pedreiro is the Vice President of the Advanced Technology Center (ATC) at Lockheed Martin Space. In this role, he is responsible for leading an organization of approximately 500 scientists and engineers in advancing space science and technology. The ATC mission is to create novel capabilities for our nation and customers and technology discriminators for Lockheed Martin. Pursuing that goal, Dr. Pedreiro
leads the ATC’s world-class team across its rich technical portfolio to deliver impactful innovation and growing the organization's capabilities and reputation as a R&D center of excellence. The ATC has broad areas of expertise, including: Space sciences and instrumentation; phenomenology and sensors; optics and electro-optics; telecommunications and photonics; guidance, navigation and control; modeling, simulation and information sciences; thermal sciences; and materials and nanotechnology.

Since joining Lockheed Martin in 1996 as a Research Scientist, Dr. Pedreiro progressed through technical and organizational leadership roles. Prior to his current role, Dr. Pedreiro was the Chief Engineer for the Strategic and Missile Defense (SMD) line of business, leading a collaborative team of cross-functional engineers across all programs focused on designing, developing, integrating and delivering flight missile systems across the SMD suite of programs. In that role, Dr. Pedreiro engaged in architecture definition, technology development and technical trades for systems that include strategic missiles, advanced interceptors, directed energy and hypersonic systems. Prior to that role, Dr. Pedreiro was the Science and Technology Director at the ATC, with responsibilities for technology development and transition into space

Dr. Pedreiro completed post-doctoral studies at Stanford University and has a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.