After 30 years at the world's largest government contractor, Lockheed Martin, Dr. Denney retired and was appointed a full time Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University- Worldwide, College of Business, teaching undergraduate and graduate level Project Management courses. In industry, Valerie had a 30 year track record of winning executable business, planning to assure program success, engineering management, risk and opportunity management and project execution with solid financial acuity. As a 20+ year program manager, Valerie managed a wide variety of domains including satellite development, ground control stations, surface ships, electronic warfare, and unmanned underwater vehicles.

Dr. Denney is a US Navy veteran and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). While women engineers were a relative rarity in the early days, she became the first woman to become a Combat Information Systems Watch Officer on a US navy ship.

Valerie first received her PMI (Project Management Institute) Project Management Professional (PMP®) global credential in 2003 and is recertified until 2022. Dr. Denney is a member of the PMI Ethics Member Advisory Group (EMAG) for 2018-2019 and the chair of the Ethics Insight Team (EIT) for 2020. This team advocates and educates over 2.9 million worldwide professionals on the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Dr. Denney was recently selected to the Board of Directors to the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI).

Dr. Denney’s research interests are in decision making. Specific topics include business and academy behavioral ethics, and risk and opportunity management.