Scott Badenoch


Scott Badenoch is a proven performer. He has created, or helped a team create and launch products in several industries including defense, automotive, energy, materials, medical, instrumentation, fastening systems and software. These innovations became commercially successful, transformative and part of our common day-to-day experience.

In 2005, he founded Badenoch LLC to address significant problems facing the military in vehicle design and survivability. Groundbreaking work included: a forensic study of the causes of death in military vehicles, modeling of the human body for blast simulation, cadaver testing to confirm modeling, blast and shockwave models, blast testing, high-X blast testing of novel designs (DARPA) using a novel reusable blast test fixture, invention of a shockwave attenuating surface and blast absorbing structural architecture, full vehicle designs (TARDEC), and a practical sensor for measuring blast effects on vehicles in combat known as BEARS (Blast Effects Analysis and Recording System).

In 2015, BEARS LLC was spun-off as a standalone company. From 1989 to 2001, Badenoch was Manager of Vehicle Performance at General Motors, Delphi Automotive, and before that at AMG Mercedes. Most notably, the work included electronic stability control (ESC) now mandated on all cars worldwide, and advanced vehicles at Corvette and Cadillac. Contributed “game theory” strategy to racing teams that won ten world championships. He has over 150 records of invention. Badenoch has served on the Board of Army Science & Technology at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine and has briefed the Defense Science Board. The Smithsonian Museum has a permanent exhibit at the George Gustav Heye Center that features Badenoch’s tenets for innovation using science, invention and design in a gallery focused on STEM education. He now serves on two boards at the museum, including a project to open a War Memorial on the National Mall for Native Americans, opening September 2020. Papers include the American Mathematical Society. Lecturer at the Imperial College, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and his alma mater, Princeton University (Class of ’72).