Mr. Brendley founded Artis in 1999, and serves as its president and as chair of the company’s board of directors. He is a leading authority on active protection systems designed to defeat a wide range of threats to warfighters, and has particular expertise in high-speed computer processing and safety systems.
Previously, he worked at Noesis, Inc., an R&D firm later acquired by QinetiQ North America. There, he established and led the Advanced Real Time Information Systems (ARTIS) division, and was responsible for marketing, personnel and technical performance. Previously, he was vice president at the Defense Group Inc., where he was responsible for technology-related activities including product development, information management and IT personnel.
From 1994-96, he was program manager at Sarcos Research Corp., where he led projects primarily related to advanced human-machine interfaces, such as the Soldier Mobility Station, designed for realistic physical connection to a virtual environment, and the Human Exoskeletal System, designed to function as a “superman suit.”
From 1985-94, he was senior analyst for the RAND Corporation, where he led interdisciplinary teams of professionals engaged in some of the firm’s largest and most visible projects. Much of the research used high-fidelity simulation to examine the utility of future technologies, primarily for land warfare, including rapid force projection that eventually led to creation of the Rapid Force Projection Initiative (RFPI) adopted by U.S. Army. He helped establish the RAND Critical Technologies Institute and led its first project on machine tools in support of president’s science advisor. From 1982-84, he was an analyst with the System Planning Corporation; prior to that, he was a student/consultant at NASA’s Ames Research Center, where he developed software.
He has authored and co-authored several books and articles on a wide variety of science and engineering topics, including armored vehicle concepts, human machine interfaces, simulation, haptic measurement, robotic systems, unattended ground sensors, and countermine technologies. He also co-authored “Shock and Awe,” a book that examined evolution of modern warfare.
Mr. Brendley founded Artis in 1999. He is an avid cycling enthusiast and hiker, and holds a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois, and an M.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Maryland. In addition, he attended a graduate program in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.