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The Remarkable People of AURA

Douglas Bennett

CEO and Founder

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 at the CIA and was assigned…

Anna Bennett

President and Founder

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

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…

Mark Maxwell

EVP Defense Programs

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

Dr. Eric Strong

Vice President, AI Systems

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

Frank Culbertson, Jr.

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

Dave Kasik

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

Tom McDermott

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

Stephen Cunnion

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

AURA Advisory Board Members

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…

Phillip Lacombe

Phil has extensive experience developing and managing security services businesses as a co-founder…

Alton D. Romig, Jr.

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