Aaron ‘Beno’ Budgor

Dr. Aaron Budgor is founder and CEO of Aaron Budgor and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in technology intelligence and solutions. He was chief executive officer of the World-Wide Consortium for the Grid Institute, a private/government partnership providing internet cloud-based products; vice president for technology strategies and applications and deputy chief technology officer at BAE Systems; vice president and chief technology officer at Science Applications International Corporation; and executive director for commercial investment licensing and government programs at Telcordia Technologies. Dr. Budgor took his PhD in chemical physics from the University of Rochester, and has held professorships at UC Davis, the University of Mexico in Mexico City, and the Naval Postgraduate School. He also worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the inertial confinement fusion program and served five years in the Department of Defense. He is the author of more than 200 scientific and managerial papers and three books on electro-optics and lasers, and holds a patent in chaotic communications.

Dr. Budgor is a trustee of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, an advisory board member of the UCSB Technology Management Program, a member of the executive board for MIT’s Enterprise Forum, and a member of the Santa Barbara chapter of the World-Wide Consortium for the Open Grid. He also served on BAE Systems’ Executive Engineering and Technology Council, SAIC’s Executive Science and Technology Council, and GEIA’s CTO Forum. He currently is president of the Montecito Valley Ranch Homeowners Association, director of the Santa Barbara Opera and a board member of the Montecito Association. Dr. Budgor is married, has two children, and resides in Montecito, California.