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Three Finish First Fellows begin their careers in clean energy thanks to Lockheed Martin and ACORE.

For Immediate Release - August 18, 2015

Washington, D.C. -
Three students accepted into Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] and the American Council On Renewable Energy’s (ACORE) USA Finish First Fellowship (F3) are examining the future of clean energy under the guidance of Lockheed Martin’s engineers and scientists.

The USA Finish First Fellowship is an important effort undertaken by ACORE and Lockheed Martin to foster the professional development of the next generation of energy leaders by exposing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students to career opportunities in clean energy.

“If the U.S. is to take full advantage of the economic, national security, and environmental benefits offered by all of the renewable resources at its disposal, we’re going to need to invest in the best and brightest college students the U.S has to offer. The Finish First Fellowship will provide this next generation of innovators with the experience, guidance, and development necessary to launch their careers and accelerate their contributions to the burgeoning U.S. clean energy industry,” said ACORE’s Chief Operating Officer Tom Weirich.

The three fellows are spending the summer gaining valuable experience working on Lockheed Martin’s projects in advanced energy, renewable energy, and energy efficiency. Their day-to-day tasks include completing project reviews and inspections, performing statistical analyses, and recommending energy efficiency solutions for industrial buildings – all under the tutelage of Lockheed Martin’s engineers.

Finish First Fellow Nicole Rapaport is working on advanced statistical analysis of engineering relationships in industrial energy projects in Nashville, Tennessee; Finish First Fellow Andrew Small is working on Light Emitting Diode efficiency for high-rise commercial buildings in New York City, New York; and Finish First Fellow Sammy Nabahani is working on electric energy savings estimates in lighting, heating, ventilating, and air conditioning in St. Louis, Missouri.

“Lockheed Martin is on the cutting edge of clean energy development. These fellows will gain invaluable experience by making meaningful contributions to some of Lockheed Martin’s most important projects in advanced energy and energy efficiency,” said Roger Flanagan, director of Utility & Smart Grid Solutions for Lockheed Martin Energy.  “We have no doubt that this experience will pay dividends as they develop into the energy leaders of the future.”

In the future, the Finish First Fellows’ work could be utilized by NASCAR through NASCAR Green. NASCAR Green has been collaborating with key stakeholders that care deeply about sustainability, including its teams, tracks, partners, employees and fans. Through strategic partnerships, NASCAR and its stakeholders are reducing the sport’s environmental impact, validating green technologies and educating fans. For additional information on NASCAR Green, visit

Lockheed Martin’s technology developments have long helped move the clean energy industry forward, and ACORE is excited to have connected some of the brightest students in the U.S. with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Both organizations are excited to see how these students will contribute to the crucial renewable energy and energy efficiency industries moving forward.

About ACORE:
ACORE, a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization, is dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. ACORE seeks to advance renewable energy through finance, policy, technology, and market development and is concentrating its member focus in 2015 on National Defense & Security, Power Generation & Infrastructure, and Transportation. Additional information is available at

About Lockheed Martin:
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Inc. (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States. NASCAR consists of three national series (the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series™, NASCAR XFINITY Series ™, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™), four regional series, one local grassroots series and three international series. The International Motor Sports Association® (IMSA®) governs the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. Based in Daytona Beach, Fla., with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races in more than 30 U.S. states, Canada, Mexico and Europe. For more information visit and follow NASCAR at and Twitter: @NASCAR

ACORE Media Contacts:
Kevin Haley, ACORE, (202) 777-7584

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