2019 Lockheed Martin Ethics in Engineering Case Competition

Lockheed Martin, in partnership with the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society in the Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois, is organizing its second annual Ethics in Engineering Case Competition. The event will take place at the Lockheed Martin Headquarters in Bethesda, Maryland, and feature a tour of their state of the art Global Vision Center in Arlington, Virginia.

The competition aims to prepare undergraduate students from technical disciplines to face the ethical challenges of the 21st century. To this end, Lockheed Martin will prepare a case with engineering, ethical and business implications. Each team will receive a brief summary of the case before the competition and be asked to analyze it from a variety of different perspectives and present their recommendations during the competition.

Each of the invited schools can bring one team of two undergraduate students and a faculty advisor. Because the case will address an engineering issue, we recommend that at least one of the students be studying engineering. Students of all nationalities are welcome.

Register to participate in the competition

Lockheed Martin Ethics in Engineering Case Competition

Key Dates

Thursday, November 1 – Deadline to register school and pay $450 registration fee.

Friday, December 7 – Deadline to register students.

Monday, January 21 – Student teams receive Lockheed Martin case via email and can immediately begin analyzing the facts of the case and creating a presentation outlining their recommendations.

Thursday, February 7 – Deadline for student teams to send their presentation decks (PowerPoint or PDF preferred) to event organizers via email.

Thursday, February 14 – Participants visit the Global Vision Center in Arlington,Virginia and compete in rounds 1 and 2 at Lockheed Martin Headquarters.

Friday, February 15 – Student teams compete in final 2 rounds of competition at Lockheed Martin Headquarters.


Round 1 (Thursday): Each team will define the engineering, ethical and business dilemmas of the case and present their solution in a 90-second “elevator pitch.”

Round 2 (Thursday): Each team will have 10 minutes (with no slides) to identify and address only the ethical issues of the case. Why is this an ethical problem, and how should we view the ethics of the case? A 5-minute Q&A will follow.

Round 3 (Friday): Teams will be seeded in groups based on their scores from Rounds 1 and 2. Each team will have 25 minutes to identify and clearly explain the ethical, business, and engineering aspects of the case, and then present their recommendations. A 5-minute Q&A period will follow.

Round 4 (Friday): The winning teams from each Round 3 group advance to the final round. The teams may be given additional information for them to consider. Each team will have 25 minutes to present to a panel of judges their understanding of the issues and their recommendations. Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams.


All rounds of the competition will be judged by Lockheed Martin leaders and academic experts familiar with the facts of the case.

Cost to Participate

The cost to participate is $450 per team. Participants are responsible for their travel to/from Bethesda and for their 2-3 night hotel stay. All meals during the event, as well as transportation during the competition, are covered as part of the registration fee.


For any questions about the 2019 Lockheed Martin Ethics in Engineering Case Competition, please contact David Gebler, Lockheed Martin Corporate Ethics Office, at david.m.gebler@lmco.com or Gretchen Winter, University of Illinois Gies College of Business Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society, at gwinter@illinois.edu.