Maria has over 20 years of professional experience, focused on technology driven businesses internationally. Her experience includes a successful corporate career at international corporations including General Dynamics and Hughes Electronics (now Boeing Satellites and Raytheon) where she spent 16 years in Top Secret Clearance engineering positions. She was responsible for leading technical programs for the defense industry and responsible for a new product launch overseas for the US military, where she led the international team that built out Laser Guided Systems and created production and test facilities; developing new markets for a $300+ million product line.Ms. Fischer has managed international multicultural engineering and technical teams in R&D, UAV, military aircraft, telecommunications satellites, human space flight and launch systems.
Her experience includes working in Latin America, Mexico and Spain with government organizations, industry and regulatory agencies, the World Bank and the Inter American Development Bank financed technology projects.
Mrs. Fischer background also includes academia where she has taught engineering, project management and technology management to over 1,300graduate international students at San Diego State University -as well as executive training in technology fields at Universities in Latin America. At UCSD she provides support to the international expansion and technology cooperative agreements with Latin America, particularly to the Rady School.
Since 2006 she has evaluated existing and developing communications technologies for Defense Applications for CCAT (San Diego’s Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technologies). She also Serves on the Advisory Board of Directors of San Diego State University College of Engineering and mentors Hispanic engineers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD)’s Jacobs School of engineering - wireless and communications engineering departments.
She serves in the Board of Directors (along with SPAWAR)of the Security Network and the Center for Maritime Systems &Security. There mission is to advance security technologies by “Fostering Innovation through Collaboration Worldwide.” It is a public private partnership of academia, government and Industry in support security technologies including communications technologies and systems for national security –Internationally.
She is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International, National Defense Industry Association and NDIA, where she was elected last year as chair of the Legislative Committee for Women in The Defense Industry and Women Owned Small Business. Maria is a member of American Association of Women in Academia, Hispanic professional engineers and USANDIA National-Small Business Committee in DC.
Maria funded and leads BienTech International a small engineering, science and technology management services firm, strategically focused on supplying advanced technology skills, and expertise to government, academia and commercial sectors, in the USA and internationally. The firm has already been recognized by the San Diego Business Journal and awarded distinction of the Multi-Cultural Heritage Technology firm in 2006 and2007
Maria is bicultural and bilingual in Spanish, originally from Colombia;she is a US citizen and a resident of La Jolla, California.