Talk on Small Business Defense Contracting to Follow
BAI Aerosystems was founded in 1985 to address the needs of the emerging UAV market for lightweight, low-cost composite aircraft components. Since then, BAI's focus as a small business defense contractor has expanded to a complete line offering UAVs, flight control systems, datalinks, sensors, field support and training. Over the last 18 years, BAI has supplied UAVs for military and commercial airborne reconnaissance, surveillance, targeting and remote sensing.
BAI's president and CEO, Richard Bernstein, acquired the company in 1990 and moved it from Rockville to Easton, MD, to be nearer his home. Holding professional licenses in manufacturing management and commercial aircraft piloting, Mr. Bernstein attended the Virginia Military Institute, earned an undergraduate degree from Salisbury University, and received his MBA from Purdue University. He has more than 30 years of experience in the development and manufacturing of electronic components and sub-systems for the microwave industry. In addition to BAI, Bernstein founded K & L Microwave (now owned by the Dover Corporation) and oversees BAI's affiliates Lorch Microwave and Filter Networks. Mr. Bernstein serves on the Board of Visitors and Governors of Washington College, the Dean's Advisory Committee of Purdue University's Krannert School of Management, the Foundation Board of the Virginia Military Institute, and the national Advisory Boards of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Commerce. He and his wife, Ellen, reside in Oxford, MD, and have eight children and five grandchildren.
The talk is sponsored by the J. C. Jones Seminar in American Business, established in honor of the late James C. Jones, Jr., a Baltimore businessman and 1947 graduate of Washington College who remained active throughout his life in alumni affairs and served on the Board of Visitors and Governors of the College.