Ms. Julia Bennett serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Bennett Aerospace Inc. Ms. Bennett is a a veteran of the U.S. Army, and has over a decade of engineering project management experience. She started her career in the 1990s working for Harding-ESE, an environmental engineering consulting firm and rose rapidly to senior staff engineer. Ms. Bennett was responsible for project management in the areas of hazardous waste management, soil and groundwater remediation, water quality, and wastewater. She also provided technical support for the State of Georgia’s ambient air monitoring network. Ms. Bennett has worked as a civil servant for both local and federal government. At the local level, she worked as an environmental education coordinator where she advised citizens on water conservation and education. She has a passion for the environment and has served as a volunteer environmental leader working at a grass roots level. Ms. Bennett also served as a consultant for NEC Corporation in Japan and has extensive international experience with Europe, India, and Australa. Ms. Bennett holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and engineering from the University of Florida.
Dr. Brandon Conover is Chief Technology Officer and an experienced Business Development professional at Bennett Aerospace, Inc. His current efforts focus on topics such as technology strategy and lifecycle management, systems engineering and integration, scientific and technical support to the Department of Defense, and small business corporate strategy. Dr. Conover’s recent scientific endeavors include advanced manufacturing techniques, mechanical vibration analysis and mitigation, machine vision, optical data transmission, holographic waveguide displays, laser beam steering and combining, kinetic energy harvesting, lidar applications, advanced electronic materials, and phased array radar. At Bennett Aerospace, Dr. Conover is responsible for managing corporate growth in myriad scientific arenas, overseeing business development activities across multiple industry verticals and government agencies, protecting and marketing a broad intellectual property portfolio, and implementing the long-range corporate strategy plan. Dr. Conover has published numerous peer reviewed articles as principle investigator, overseen dozens of technical reports as program manager, and facilitated several scientific panels and events. He is active within several North Carolina organizations, including the North Carolina Defense Business Association (NCDBA), the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, and the Holly Springs Rotary Club. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Dr. Conover, along with his wife and two children, has proudly called North Carolina home for over a decade.