Dr. Barry Behnken

Dr. Barry Behnken

Co-Founder & SVP of Engineering

Dr. Barry Behnken is a 25-year defense/aerospace executive with deep expertise in LiDAR and electro-optics, and extensive experience developing, managing and deploying disruptive imaging technologies for various applications throughout the world. Prior to AEye, he was Engineering Fellow for Emerging Laser Technologies at Raytheon Space and Airborne‌ Systems, where he led the development and fielding of new DARPA LiDAR technologies. He served twenty years as a senior physicist and program manager in the US Air Force, including as Director of a $1.6B+ space satellite division, before retiring from active duty at the rank of lieutenant colonel. He holds BS, MS and PhD degrees in applied physics, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.

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