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ECE Alumna Gisele Bennett Named Regents' Researcher

Bennett Leads Electro-Optical Systems Lab at GTRI

Atlanta, GA

Gisele Bennett, director of the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory at the Georgia Tech
Research Institute, has been named the newest Regents' Researcher at the Georgia Tech Research Institute. She is the third GTRI researcher to earn this honor.

Bestowed by the Board of Regents, which oversees the University System
of Georgia, the title recognizes "outstanding full-time principal
researchers" within the University System. Regents' Researchers
distinguish themselves by their contributions to home universities,
published works, and activity in professional societies.

Dr. Bennett, who earned her doctoral degree in electrical engineering at
Georgia Tech and joined GTRI in 1996, founded GTRI's Logistics and
Maintenance Applied Research Center in 2000. Focused on wireless and
mobile solutions, the center has won two national awards. In 2005,
Dr. Bennett became director of GTRI's Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory,
which has expertise in broad areas of electro-optics, ranging from EO
system design and measurement to EO modeling and analysis to
microelectronics and nanotechnology.

Although Dr. Bennett's own research interests are equally diverse, she
finds optical imaging systems especially appealing due to the field's
complexity and wide range of applications. She also focuses on radio
frequency identification (RFID) and container security technology

Among other projects, Dr. Bennett's research team is building a security
system that will monitor cargo containers from the point of loading to
point of arrival, a project sponsored by the Department of Homeland

One of the system's devices will monitor container doors to see if
anyone has attempted to open them. Another device in the system will
detect if a hole has been cut in the container.

Container security has important implications in the supply chain,
Dr. Bennett explained: "Right now we don't really know what happens when a
container is en route. Someone could open the door of a container and
steal the goods. Or worse, they could put in contraband or weapons of
mass destruction."

Today inspections are random and manpower only allows for about five
percent of cargo to be inspected, Dr. Bennett added. "Our system will enable
inspectors to make better decisions about which containers should be

In addition to her work at GTRI, Dr. Bennett is a professor at Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Dr. Bennett also makes time to serve on variety of professional
organizations including the World Customs Organization, IEEE, Optical
Society of America, and SPIE. She has written more than 85 publications,
holds a patent on integrated sensor radio frequency identification with
location, and has numerous patents pending for container security

GTRI and resident instruction are different environments, Dr. Bennett
observed. "There are different skills required and different
perspectives on what needs to be accomplished — and I benefit from being
in both environments. In addition to the incredible research going on
at Georgia Tech, there's great collaboration and camaraderie with
colleagues. It's what has kept me here for so long."

Last revised May 15, 2020