Georgia Tech Research Leader Joins Florida Tech Team

Gisele Bennett Brings 22 Years of
Research Experience to New Role      

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Gisele Bennett, the associate vice president for research, faculty integration at Georgia Tech, is joining Florida Institute of Technology as senior vice president for research in April. Bennett, an internationally respected optics researcher, has more than 22 years of research experience with 17 years in research administration.

Bennett also serves as a Regents’ Researcher for the University System of Georgia, holds the Glenn Robinson Chair in Electro-Optics, and is a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. She formerly led a research lab with over $45 million in research funding. At Georgia Tech, Bennett specialized in fostering research collaborations for faculty and staff leading to sponsored research projects.

“We are very pleased that Dr. Bennett will be joining us to lead the research office at Florida Tech,” said President Dwayne McCay. “Georgia Tech is an exemplary institution, and Florida Tech is an emerging force for its outstanding research and academic programs. We welcome Dr. Bennett’s experience and expertise as we increase our funded research activities.”

Bennett has a strong research funding record from industry, federal and Department of Defense sources. She has over 130 publications in books or book chapters, refereed journals, technical reports and workshops.

Bennett is a member of the Army Science Board. She is a Fellow in the Optical Society (OSA) and International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). She holds officer positions in OSA and IEEE and serves in a variety of professional activities involving optical engineering research. She has been a topical editor and is currently a feature editor for Applied Optics and is a visiting lecturer for SPIE and OSA.

Bennett has served as a research proposal reviewer for the National Institute of Health and National Science Foundation and a reviewer for numerous referred journals. She is one of the first 10 Fellows chosen for Georgia Tech’s University Leadership program. In 2017, she won the Progress and Service Award for Sustained Impact in Administration from the Georgia Tech Research Corporation.

“I’m looking forward to joining the Florida Tech team to promote research excellence and innovation,” Bennett said.

Bennett holds a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering as well as an M.S.E.E. from the University of Central Florida. She earned her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Certificate in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech.


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