Herbert Stanton Bennett, PhD

Title: President
Company: AltaTech Strategies LLC
Location: Kensington, Maryland, United States

Herbert Bennett, President of AltaTech Strategies LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in technology research and business administration.

Dr. Bennett is a National Institute of Standards and Technology (formerly, the National Bureau of Standards) fellow and executive advisor emeritus with more than 60 years of excellence in his field. Inspired by the mentorship of his high school physics teacher, Edward North, he attended Harvard College, where he graduated in 1958, magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts. He continued his education at the University of Maryland, where he earned in 1960 his Master of Science (physics and mathematics), and returned to Harvard University, where he graduated in 1964, high honors, with a Doctor of Philosophy (physics).

Dr. Bennett was a postdoctoral research fellow from 1964 to 1965 at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell near Didcot, England and from 1965 to 1966 at the University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois. He began his career as a theoretical solid-state physicist with the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) in 1966. Dr. Bennett was designated from 1971 to 1972 as a commerce science and technology fellow by the Department of Commerce (DoC) in Washington, DC, where he served as the special assistant to the DoC assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary for science and technology. He was from 1972 to 1977 the chief of the NBS solid-state materials section. He then served from 1977 to 1980 as the director of the materials research division at the National Science Foundation (NSF). While at the NSF, he became in 1979 a charter member of the United States Senior Executive Service. As part of his assignment at NSF, he collaborated with the materials research community and testified before Congressional hearings that led to the passage of the National Materials and Minerals Policy Research and Development Act of 1980.

Dr. Bennett returned to the NBS in 1980 as a senior scientist and served as leader for the device modeling group and the materials technology group. He became in 1989 a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) senior scientist and an executive advisor in 1989 and in 1998 a NIST fellow and executive advisor. He retired in 2015 from NIST and established AltaTech Strategies, LLC – a sole-proprietor consulting company in the areas of emerging technologies, international standards, and technology roadmaps (i.e., consensus-based research planning).

Providing his professional expertise to numerous international conferences and industrial consensus-based research plans for emerging technologies, he published over 200 refereed-archival publications and gave over 170 invited presentations in North America, Europe, and Asia. These publications and presentations were on many diverse topics such as magnetic phase transitions in semiconductors and insulators, the Faraday effect, color centers in ionic crystals, damage mechanisms in laser materials, semiconductor device physics, optoelectronics, digital video technologies, technology roadmaps for semiconducting materials, quantitative medical imaging for obtaining more accurate critical health parameters, international standards and associated measurements, and materials research policy, program planning, and budgets.

Some of Dr. Bennett’s awards and recognition include:

• Maryland’s Outstanding Young Scientist Award from the Maryland Academy of Sciences for his extensive and innovative theoretical work on ferromagnetic materials near their Curie temperatures, on analyses of temperatures and stresses induced in laser materials subjected to high power, and on original calculations of electronic states and lattice vibrations in the vicinity of defects in materials [1970].
• U. S. Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow [1971-1972].
• Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his pioneering work on applying solid-state theories and quantum mechanics to model the effects of high concentrations of carriers and dopants in advanced semiconductor materials and devices [1997]; and Life Fellow of the IEEE [2005].
• IEEE Electron Devices Society (EDS) Distinguished Lecturer for the areas of electronic materials, computer simulations for predicting the behavior of materials and devices, and international technology roadmaps [2002 – 2015].
• Fellow of the American Physical Society for his insights into advanced solid-state materials and the development of unique physical models that led to improved performance of electronic, magnetic, and optical materials and that suggested new design strategies for devices based on such materials [2004].
• Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award for superior contributions to the first ever quantitative assessment of the U.S. Measurement System [2007].
• Fellow of the Materials Research Society for seminal contributions to computational materials science, theory of materials, and international standards [2012].
• Elected twice as voting member-at-large of the IEEE EDS Administrative Committee. [1995 – 1996 and 1997 – 1999].
• Elected twice as voting member-at-large of Board of Governors for the IEEE-Standards Association [2012 – 2013 and 2014 – 2015].
• Received the 2014 IEEE-SA Emerging Technology Award for the rapid development of MEMS standard sensor parameter performance definitions that address a critical need in the industry for accelerating innovation and commercialization (IEEE Standard 2700-2014) [2014].

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