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Robert H. Hodges, SSE PHD Student Passes Away

Robert H. Hodges, a Lockheed Martin PhD student with the School of Systems & Enterprises passed away on March 26, 2011.
Robert was admitted into the PhD program for Systems Engineering at SSE in 2009 and was currently enrolled in a Systems Engineering course.   He had many years of experience in industry holding several senior-level positions.  He most recently worked as Architect Principal at the Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) office in San Jose, CA.   In this role, he designed large enterprise computer systems for military missions and developed online curriculum courses in engineering software systems for employees; he was recognized as an expert in his field.
While Robert loved the field of engineering, he was equally passionate about mentoring students.   In his 2009 PhD admissions personal statement, Robert shared how his low-income upbringing created a drive to succeed in him that he would later share with other young people.   In spite of various adversities Robert, supported himself through college by working various part-time jobs, and became the first in his family’s history to graduate from college with an engineering degree.
In his personal statement Robert wrote, “Getting my PhD will enable me to enrich my work, prepare for a second career of teaching, and more competently mentor those around me.”  He additionally says, “Stevens Institute of Technology offers a valued PhD program in system engineering that I can use to advance research today and to mentor young minds in new ways.”
Robert graduated from San Jose University in 1979, with a BS in Electrical Engineering; and from Golden State University in 1983, with an MBA.   He was three-years into his PhD program at the School of Systems & Engineering.
Robert leaves behind his wife Tanya Hodges, three sons and host of family, friends and colleagues who were inspired by his life and work.   Poignantly the final paragraph of Robert’s personal statement says, “Down the road, ten to fifteen years from now, after retiring from Lockheed I hope to embark on a second career of teaching at a local university…helping students to be motivated to learn better.”
The School of Systems & Engineering sends their deepest condolences to Hodges family.

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