Wesley Smith Digital Transformation Leader, Lockheed Martin Fellow Lockheed Martin Corporation



Wesley L. Smith is a Lockheed Martin Fellow and Digital Transformation Leader who directs company-wide Artificial Intelligent (AI) enabled software solutions. In this position he is responsible for leading teams of data scientists and software engineers building solutions that reshape business operations. Wes also provides executive leadership for the Factory Operations Research AI business. He serves as the principal representative to Lockheed programs and functional groups on technical matters, and provides management oversight to all engineering activities and requirements in this field.

Wes joined Lockheed in 2003, and since that time has held roles of increasing responsibility in Engineering, Programs, Innovations and Strategy. He developed and managed software engineering teams through 2009 delivering embedded software systems spanning robotic sensors, weapon system communication systems, and missile navigation software. In 2009, Wes joined production operations as the enterprise systems architect establishing executive technology roadmaps and leading cross functional teams for reshaping operations by establishing common enterprise processes, systems, and data interfaces.

In 2010, Wes founded the Factory Operations Research Engineering team focused on deploying end to end AI software. Wes served as the executive leader and chief engineer helping to grow technology into the company’s most used AI & Analytics platform in operations, which was awarded trade secrets and the company’s prestigious NOVA award for technical innovation.

In 2019, Wes moved to a corporate AI team as the principal architect of company-wide digital transformation and AI software systems in manufacturing.

A native of Texas, Wes is a graduate of Texas A&M, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering. He holds a Masters of Science in Systems Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.