Chestertown, MD, July 19, 2002 — Richard Bernstein, a business leader who brought electronics manufacturing to Maryland's Eastern Shore, has been appointed to Washington College's Board of Visitors and Governors. Bernstein is president and CEO of BAI Aerosystems, Inc. in Easton and CEO of Lorch Microwave in Salisbury. He also owns and operates Salisbury Pewter, a company of artisans that produces decorative arts and silverwork. As a Trustee of Washington College, Bernstein will work with other members of the College's Board to oversee the administrative, academic and financial operations of the 220-year-old college. His six-year term began July 1, 2002.
BAI is a leading supplier of low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles used for surveillance, radio relay links and jamming in applications where the use of manned aircraft would put human lives at risk. Lorch Microwave, a subsidiary of BAI Aerosystems, manufactures RF, microwave and ceramic filters along with a range of specialized electronic components that are used in the wireless markets. Prior to acquiring BAI, Bernstein was the founder of K&L Microwave, the electronics manufacturing industry that provided jobs for more than 2,000 employees on the Shore.
Bernstein studied engineering at the Virginia Military Institute. He earned his undergraduate degree at Salisbury State University and a master's in business administration from Purdue University. He has received several professional honors and awards, including being named among INC. Magazine's Top 500 privately-held corporations.