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Bennett Offers Insights on Winning Grants

Gisele Bennett, senior vice president for research, met with faculty on Oct. 3 for a standing-room-only presentation and discussion focused on winning grants and addressing conceptual and practical concepts particularly useful for new faculty or those new to the research process at Florida Tech.

Attendees were exposed to key elements necessary to assemble a competitive research proposal, including providing adequate background and preliminary data, concise writing for a typical reviewer, and the importance of contacting the program officer prior to submission. Bennett’s comments emphasized the importance of collaboration, working closely with Florida Tech Sponsored Programs to complete the required pre-submission checklist, addressing previous reviewers’ comments, and allowing sufficient time to assemble all the necessary elements for a winning proposal.

Prior to joining Florida Tech in 2018, Bennett was a regents’ researcher, an associate vice president for research, faculty integration, and a professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech. In addition, she held the Glenn Robinson Chair in Electro-Optics at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. As the former director of the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory, she managed a $50 million annual R&D portfolio with responsibility for 168 researchers, scientists and students doing research in EO modeling and simulation, LIDAR development for sensing, active-EO systems development, and Internet of Things sensor system development.

Bennett is a member of the Army Science Board, a Fellow in the Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE (International Society for Optics and Photonics) 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, including board and journal editor positions. She has over 130 publications in books or book chapters, refereed journals, technical reports and workshops. Bennett has a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and a certificate in management of technology from Georgia Tech.

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