Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month: S.K. Gupta, Engineer

Sudhir K. Gupta is an Indian-American business executive who made key contributions to transportation during his long career. Gupta graduated with a B.S. degree in marine engineering from the Marine Engineering College in India in 1972 and with a B.S.E. degree in naval architecture and marine engineering from the University of Michigan in 1981. He also earned an MBA from Seattle University.

Gupta, whose employment before immigrating to the United States included serving as chief engineer on merchant ships in India, began working at Lockheed Martin in 1982. Four years later, he became manager of technical programs at Lockheed Shipbuilding Company. His wide-ranging leadership roles on behalf of the company included serving as the test director for Sea Shadow, an experimental stealth ship built for the U.S. Navy. Gupta began a new chapter of his career in 2001 when he stepped into the role of vice president of operations for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company in 2001. He held this position until retiring in 2011.

Over the years, Gupta has received a number of awards for his accomplishments. In 1984, for example, he was given Lockheed Martin’s Robert E. Gross Award as engineer/scientist of the year for his work on stability studies on Landing Ship Dock (LSD)-41 class vessels. He received the Asian American Engineer of the Year Award from the Chinese Institute of Engineers/USA in 2004. He was also a 2010 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, which is awarded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations to highlight the immigrant experience and recognize the achievements of both native-born and naturalized U.S. citizens.

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