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The Remarkable People of AURA

Douglas Bennett

Douglas Bennett


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…

Anna Bennett

Anna Bennett


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…

Leadership Team
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Robert (Robb) Pinkerton

EVP Technology Programs

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

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…

Dr. Eric Strong

Dr. Eric Strong

EVP, AI Programs

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

Karen Naylor

Vice President of Operations

Karen Naylor, Vice President of Operations for AURA, oversees operations, human resources, contracting,…

Dr. Alex Blate

Chief Innovator

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

AURA Technical Advisors
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Frank Culbertson, Jr.

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

Dave Kasik

Dave Kasik

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

Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott

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


Stephen Cunnion

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

AURA Advisory Board Members
Igor Jablokov

Igor Jablokov

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


Thomas R. Kurfess

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

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Phillip Lacombe

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

Alton D. Romig, Jr.

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