Dr. Bennett has held academic, industry, and research positions for over 29 years. These positions include Senior VP for Strategic and Research Initiatives and Professor at Florida Tech, numerous positions at Georgia Tech and founding member of startups. At Georgia Tech, she held the positions of Regents’ Researcher, an Associate Vice President for Research, Faculty Integration, and Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and was responsible for increasing research collaboration between academic and applied research. At the Georgia Tech Research Institute, she held the Glenn Robinson Chair in Electro-Optics, founded the Logistics and Maintenance Applied Research Center and as the Director for the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory grew the research portfolio from industry and DoD sponsored research in the areas of optical imaging systems, EO modeling, and simulation, LIDAR development for sensing, Active-EO Systems development, and IoT sensor system development.
Her research interests are broad and include coherence theory applications to optical imaging systems, superresolution imaging systems, atmospheric turbulence, wave propagation, RFID, and related tagging technologies. She holds patents on RFID and Container Security devices and a copyright on a computer model for Wave Propagation through the atmosphere. Dr. Bennett is a member of the Army Science Board. She is a Fellow with OSA and SPIE, and a Senior Member of the IEEE. Her OSA volunteer roles both past and current include: OSA Board of Directors; Division Chair for Information Acquisition, Processing and Display for OSA Board of Meetings; Topical Editor and Features Editor for Applied Optics; Chair, Strategic Committee for Imaging Congress; OSA Traveling Lecturer; Chair and member of Forman Engineering Excellence Awards Committee; Chair and member of Ester Hoffman Beller Award Committee; and Chair and member of the technical committee for IS and COSI Topical Meetings. In addition to other professional recognitions, she has received the Superior Civilian Service Medal, and the Commander’s Award for Public Service from the Department of the Army.