Dr. Marcus Bendickson was named Professional of the Year in 2002 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was inducted into the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame in 2007, and the Alabama Business Hall of Fame in 2020. Marc Bendickson began his career working for Bell Laboratories and Teledyne Brown, then became an early employee of Dynetics, Inc., in Huntsville working as a radar systems engineer. As CEO of Dynetics, he grew the company into the second-largest employee-owned firm in Alabama. Dr. Bendickson is involved in several organizations serving the Huntsville area, including leadership on the board of directors for 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. Dr. Bendickson strives to pour his leadership abilities and passion for technology and innovation into his newest pursuit, the Museum of Information Explosion.
Jon Bendickson is currently a senior radar expert for Torch Technologies, Inc. Prior to that role, Mr. Bendickson was a technical director for Dynetics, Inc. where he led the electronics/radar, and simulations & analysis departments. With over twenty-five years of experience in electrical and radar systems, Mr. Bendickson has provided guidance over research and development programs for customers such as the U.S. Army and the U.S. intelligence and missile defense communities. He is an expert in weapon systems analysis, software development, modeling, and simulations. Jon Bendickson was the recipient of the R. Duane Hayes Award for excellence in engineering and earned MS and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BSEE from Auburn University. He is active in family and community activities, and involved with the Museum of Information Explosion to help provide a learning environment for the youth and the general public in the Huntsville area.
Sheryl Bendickson graduated in Home Economics from Iowa State University and taught junior-high school in New Jersey before starting a family. Mrs. Bendickson also taught Sunday school and supports Awana Clubs International, a global ministry for child and youth discipleship. Over the years, she assumed leadership roles in various civic and non-profit organizations. Mrs. Bendickson’s unique perspective and counsel to Dr. Bendickson were influential in key planning and business decisions for the Dynetics corporation. Mrs. Bendickson developed expertise in refinishing wood furniture which she applied on over 300 cabinets in the Bendickson’s expanding vintage radio collection. In 2018, Mr. and Mrs. Bendickson established the non-profit Museum of Information Explosion to share their passion and collections with the community.
Howard “Glenn” Burton is a business executive with twenty years of experience in the commercial banking and construction industries. After his graduate studies, he served as a project controller at SAIC and became the VP / Business Services Officer at BB&T commercial banking. Currently, Mr. Burton serves as VP for Everest Construction LLC, a firm specializing in residential, commercial & industrial general contracting. Mr. Burton also manages a local family-owned cattle farm that raises grass-fed beef using sustainable and humane methods. Over the past few years, Mr. Burton has provided strong support for the initial setup of the Museum of Information Explosion and is committed to the long-term contributions of the museum to the Madison County communities.
Tony Hodgson is the Founder and CEO of Ethar, Inc., offering Ethar™, a platform for fluid discovery, management, and monetization of AR/VR experiences. He’s a multi-degreed engineer who started out supporting NASA and commercial space programs, then became a global telecom solutions lead for MCI, a product manager for Verizon HQ marketing division, and a director for one of the largest technology startup incubator/accelerators in the nation. Mr. Hodgson is a serial entrepreneur and active in the development of global standards for open, interoperable, and secure augmented reality and virtual reality solutions. He is the project manager for build-out of the Museum of Information Explosion and leads the team in developing digital exhibits extensively throughout the Museum of Information Explosion.