Dr. Mark Bennett is currently Program Manager for General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Independent Research & Development (IR&D) Program. Dr. Bennett began his career at Electric Boat (EB) in 1979 and was quickly promoted to Senior Engineer (’82). In 1987, he was promoted to Engineering Specialist and accepted to UConn to pursue his doctorate under a company-sponsored research program. In 1996, he was promoted to his current position and assumed responsibility for evaluating and transitioning technologies of strategic importance to EB and the submarine force. In this position Dr. Bennett has built strong relationships with Navy agencies and laboratories, universities and other industries, and is a recognized leader in the submarine R&D community. For his accomplishments, Dr. Bennett has been honored with several recognition awards and an Extraordinary Achievement Award. He received his B.S. from the University of Massachusetts (’77) and his M.S. from Lehigh University (’79).