|Janet Rochester, BSc., MS, MBA
Retired Lead Member of the Engineering Staff at Lockheed Martin
SSIT President 2008-2009
Janet is a Life Senior Member of the IEEE. She retired in 2004 from Lockheed Martin Maritime Systems and Sensors Moorestown, NJ, from the position of Lead Member of the Engineering Staff in the Radar System Engineering group.
Janet was a member of the Board of Governors of the Society on Social Implications of Technology from 1999 to 2009, and served as the Society President from 2008 to 2009. She also served as coordinator of the Distinguished Lecturer Program, Awards Committee Chair, and Chair of the Publications Committee. She was the Chair of the Philadelphia Section of the IEEE in 2003, the Section’s centenary year, having previously served as Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice-Chair.
She has received company team and personal business excellence awards and an IEEE-USA Divisional Professional Leadership Award.
Since retirement she has participated in community activities as a Master Gardener and as a literacy tutor; learned to kayak, and read more books!
Becoming a Professional
The extensive education undertaken by engineers prepares them for entry into the profession, but it does not make them professionals. Engineers become professionals by exemplifying the attributes of a profession, for example, education, authority, community sanction, ethics, culture, and service orientation. These attributes have been defined with the independent practitioner in mind rather than the engineer working in industry. Janet views the attributes of a profession with the engineer in industry in mind and shows how engineers can demonstrate these attributes appropriately in an industrial setting. In doing so, engineers enhance their professionalism and their profession.