November 4, 2008

From Soccer Defender to Defense Contractor

Caitlin Uff ’08 works on classified projects at Lockheed Martin

Only two weeks after graduation, Caitlin Uff ’08 found her dream job working at Lockheed Martin Technology Services‎ in Cherry Hill, N.J.

“As a mathematics-economics major, I knew I would want to work at a top corporation,” she says, “but I never thought I would find such a great finance program at a company known for making F-16’s, satellites, and radar systems.”

Uff began work in the company’s three-year Finance Leadership Development Program (FLDP), which features rotational assignments in financial services, estimating and cost control, master data, program finance, contracts, auditing, cash analysis, and financial planning and analysis. In her current assignment for the internal auditing department, she is working with Lockheed’s Finance and Business Operations College on curriculum development and planning processes specifically designed for internal audit courses.

“I like that my position with Lockheed allows me to work on classified projects, learn government accounting, and travel for business,” she says. “My study-abroad semester in Madrid and Morocco was not only a highlight of my college years, it has also been useful at work because I am able to share experiences with colleagues who travel to Dubai and the Republic of Djibouti for audit reviews.”

In addition to her regular duties, Uff is on Lockheed’s Community Services and Professional Development Committee and is an ambassador for university relations, having the responsibility of recruiting high-potential college seniors into the FLDP.

Uff says there were many factors that drew her to Lafayette. “I appreciated the high academic standards and a curriculum with built-in preparation for graduate school, as well as the low student-to-teacher ratio, beautiful small-town campus, and of course, the Division I women’s soccer team,” she says.

Uff played in 40 games for the Leopards, starting in 36. A four-year letter-winner, she was a mainstay in a well respected Lafayette defense throughout her career.

Some of her most memorable experiences at Lafayette include providing peer tutoring in calculus, serving on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, playing in her team’s victory over Army, watching the men’s soccer team during its conference championship season, and cheering on the football team as it defeated Lehigh four straight years.

Uff says the Office of Career Services was extremely helpful with the transition from classroom to workplace, and as a recent graduate, she appreciates all the Alumni Association events and networking opportunities.

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