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The Remarkable People of AURA

Anna Bennett

Anna Bennett

Co-CEO

Anna Bennett focuses on the commercial, product development, and all core operations of AURA, including developing and implementing strategies for scaling the ongoing exponential growth of the company. She also…

Douglas Bennett

Douglas Bennett

Co-CEO

Douglas Bennett focuses on the technology development, financial and legal aspects of AURA. He also leads AURA’s defense technology. Mr. Bennett started his career being assigned to the advanced R&D…

Leadership Team

Dr. Alex Blate

Chief Innovator

Dr. Alex Blate has over 20 years of experience in Software, Hardware, and…

William Harvey

William Harvey

EVP of Software Programs

William Harvey manages all software development lifecycle activities at AURA. Mr. Harvey has…

Greg Houlgate

EVP of Commercialization

Greg Houlgate is an innovator of new technologies in medical, automotive, commercial and…

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Mark Maxwell

EVP Defense Programs

Captain Mark Maxwell retired from the US Navy in 2016 as the military…

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Robert (Robb) Pinkerton

EVP Technology Programs

Throughout his career, Robb Pinkerton has held leadership positions with Northrup Grumman (NGC),…

Dr. Eric Strong

Dr. Eric Strong

EVP, AI Programs

Dr. Eric Strong is leading AURA’s efforts in the field of applied AI research.…

AURA Technical Advisors
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Stephen Cunnion

Steve Cunnion, Ph.D., M.D. is a retired Navy Captain, a Senior Fellow at the Potomac…

Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott is a leader, educator, and innovator in multiple technology fields. He…

Dave Kasik

Dave Kasik

Dave Kasik was formerly Boeing’s Senior Technical Fellow in visualization and interactive techniques…

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Frank Culbertson, Jr.

Frank Lee Culbertson Jr. (Capt. USN, Ret.) is a former American naval officer…

AURA Advisory Board Members

Alton D. Romig, Jr.

Dr. Romig is the Executive Officer of the National Academy of Engineering. Under…

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Phillip Lacombe

Phillip Lacombe has extensive experience developing and managing security services businesses as a…

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Thomas R. Kurfess

Dr. Thomas Kurfess received his S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical and…

Igor Jablokov

Igor Jablokov

Igor Jablokov is the Founder and CEO of start-up Pryon Inc., an advanced…