Matt Bender is the Vice President and Manager of the Product Development and Manufacturing Division for Dynetics. Bender has been in management at the company for more than 20 years and has overseen significant growth of the company's hardware and products solutions business over the last ten years. Bender sets the strategic direction for the division, manages and oversees all indirect investment dollars at the division level, and holds the responsibility for the division's financial performance.
The Product Development and Manufacturing Division's focus is to provide Department of Defense, aerospace and commercial hardware products to a broad range of customers including all three military services, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), the intelligence community and commercial customers. This includes oversight of the electronics manufacturing operations, which are located at the newly-opened Dr. Stephen M. Gilbert Advanced Manufacturing Facility. The division includes personnel covering all phases and elements of product development and manufacturing. The organization also includes offices in Florida supporting Eglin Air Force Base and in Michigan supporting the automotive industry. His division has approximately 330 engineers, technicians, and product support personnel.
Bender began his career at Dynetics supporting Foreign Materiel Exploitation efforts and development of weapon system Hardware-In-The-Loop test systems. For several years, he led development of real-time embedded hardware and software for communication and electronic warfare applications. In the early 2000's, he led some of Dynetics earliest quantity-manufacturing of electronics for military customers, and since then has overseen maturation of Dynetics electronics design and manufacturing capabilities with significant increases in circuit density, quality, and manufacturing quantity.
Bender earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Clemson University and a master's degree in engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.