Julian Lewis

EnCorps Board of Directors

Retired EnCorps STEM Teaching Fellow – 2015 Cohort

Former Director, U-2 Operations
Aerospace Engineering Teacher, STEM Academy of Hollywood

Now retired from teaching, Lewis, a former Lockheed Martin aerospace engineer of 34 years, used his industry experience to inspire students.  Lewis’ classroom walls were always filled with posters and photos of aircraft, drones sat in a corner, while model airplanes and a wind tunnel were center-stage. He began his class with a technique he used with his team in industry called “plain talk” where students discussed current events. Lewis taught both theory and practice.

Lewis inspired an interest in engineering and aerospace in his students. One student shared, “I never really knew what was out there, in terms of the field. He told us about how he got there and I can see myself doing that a few years from now.”

Lewis grew up in the South Bronx and was inspired by an eighth grade teacher who was a pilot. He says that the satisfaction of working on amazing aircraft equals the satisfaction he gets from watching his students become engaged in aerospace. In 2022, Lewis joined EnCorps’ Board of Directors. 

“At the end of the day, what’s going to be your legacy? What have you impacted? As I share my experience, my students are realizing I too can do that. They will be better individuals because I am here.”