The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) named Dr. Marcus Bendickson its 2002 Professional of the Year. He was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in Spring, 2007, and into the Alabama Business Hall of Fame in 2020. Bendickson began his career working for Bell Laboratories and Teledyne Brown from 1969 to 1975, then became the 17th employee of local Huntsville firm, Dynetics working as an engineer specializing in radar systems. He rose to later become CEO of Dynetics in 1989 and orchestrated an employee buyout of the company from its founders. He grew the company into the second-largest employee-owned firm in Alabama with a mix of government and commercial business including highly specialized technical services and a range of high tech software and hardware products. Dr. Bendickson served as chairman of the Dynetics board of directors, leading the company through a period of unprecedented growth to over 1,500 employees, until the company was acquired by Leidos in 2020. Dr. Bendickson is involved in a number of organizations that serve the business interests of the Huntsville area, including serving on the boards of directors of the Alabama Policy Institute Advisory Board, the Huntsville Enrichment Center, and the Hudson Alpha Foundation. He also serves as vice-chair of the UAH Foundation Board of Trustees. He earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama at Huntsville, a Master of Science in electrical engineering from Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University.