A. Wayne Bennett, PhD 1966
Senior Development Counsel at Clemson University, Board of Directors of the IEC, ECEDHA and the IEEE Foundation
Mr. Bennett returned to Clemson University in 2004 as Senior Development Counsel focusing on corporate development for the International Center of Automotive Research (CU-ICAR). Prior to his current appointment, he was Dean of the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University(MSU) for eight years. Previous experience at Clemson included Senior Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Dean for Research and External Affairs for the College of Engineering, and Head of Clemson's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department. During his appointments as department head and associate dean, he served as Special Assistant to the president of Clemson for six years. Prior academic service includes 15 years at Virginia Tech, where he was a professor of electrical engineering and computer science and Chairman of the Computer Engineering Group.
Industrial experience includes serving as a systems engineer for the Industrial Control Division of General Electric and consulting with GE, IBM, Litton, Babcock and Wilcox, and several other companies. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Mississippi, Virginia and South Carolina.
He is the author of one book and the editor or co-author of four books. He has published more than 50 technical papers. He is the founder of the Effective Technical Communication program at Clemson, and was featured on communication training videotapes distributed by the National Society of Professional Engineers. He has presented seminars on communications and management to the Navy, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Veterans Administration and a number of companies, including Motorola, Xerox, Texas Instruments, Chevron, and AT&T. Research participation includes projects for the Department of Defense, the NSF and several industrial firms, including GE, Litton, and A. H. Robins.
In his role as an academic administrator, he has provided leadership for private and corporate fund raising for endowed scholarships, faculty chairs and professorships, laboratory equipment and facilities, and centers. During his tenure at Clemson and MSU, he worked with state economic development personnel in their efforts to recruit industry from Canada, Japan, Korea and Germany. He has also coordinated international education and research exchanges in England, Japan, Russia, and South Africa.
Mr. Bennett is a Fellow and Life Member of the IEEE and a Life Member of the ASEE. He is also a Fellow of the IEC. He has held several offices in national and international technical societies including two terms as Vice President of the International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation (IMACS). He is a past president of ECEDHA. He also served on the ASEE Board of Directors and the Board of the Professional Engineers in Education for the NSPE. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the IEC, ECEDHA and the IEEE Foundation.