Ms. Andi Mitchell

Executive Director

MitchellAndi has more than 35 years’ experience working in the defense industry. Andi’s area of expertise is in the “start-up” of new businesses.

Andi began her career with Gould, Inc. located in Warner Robins, GA having transferred from Gould’s operation in Ft. Worth, TX.  With the experience and knowledge gained from this start up, Mercer University hired Andi to assist in the establishment of the Mercer Engineering Research Center in 1987. 

Andi was the third employee hired by MERC and has been a key player in its success. Andi was instrumental in the establishment of MERC’s business systems, finance and audit management, pre and post contract award management, property management, pricing, human resources management, and purchasing. Today, MERC has nearly two hundred engineers, scientists, and operations staff and has received nearly $500 million in contract awards. 

Andi earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Mercer University in 1977 and an MBA from Mercer in 1989.  Andi is a member of the Aerospace Industry Committee (AIC) [having served as chairman in 2002 and currently serves as finance chair]; the Dixie Crow Chapter of the Old Crows; the National Contract Management Association [having served as an officer in several capacities]; the Macon/Bibb County and Robins Regional Military Affairs Committees and is a graduate of Leadership Warner Robins 2000.

Andi's e-mail address is and her contact phone number is 478/953-6800.


Mr. Jim Hundley

Senior Director of Programs and Engineering

Mr. Jim Hundley serves as Senior Director of Programs and Engineering for MERC. He joined MERC after a 33 year Air Force career.  His various assignments throughout his Air Force career were either directly involved in EW or in management that delivered the infrastructure necessary for the EW mission to succeed.

Assignments included lead engineer/unit Chief APR-38 Advanced Wild Weasel, Deputy Chief Systems Division Inter-Command EW Mgt Directorate at Wright Patterson AFB, Chief Information Systems Management and Support Division 1926th Communications Squadron Robins AFB, and multiple assignments in logistics, communications, and information resource management at USAF Headquarters.  Jim retired as the Headquarters Air Force Chief Information Officer in March 2008.


Mr. Dan Penny

Senior Director of Business Development

Dan joined the Mercer Engineering and Research Center in October 2017 after a successful career with Lockheed Martin Corporation.  In 2006 Lockheed Martin Corporate Business Development promoted him to senior manager and field office manager for the Lockheed Martin Corporate Field Office in Warner Robins, GA.  Prior to this assignment, Dan worked for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company in Marietta in Advanced Development Programs (ADP/Skunkworks) as the C-130J DT/OT&E Test Manager, and C-130J Program Manager.  

A 28-year Air Force veteran, then Colonel Penny flew over 2500 hours in Air Force Special Operations aircraft and received his maintenance rating at Little Rock AFB.   Dan served as the Chief, Office Defense Cooperation, Oslo, Norway in his last active duty assignment.  Dan earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Economics from St. Mary’s College of California in 1970 and a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University in 1977.  He served the Warner Robins community as the Chairman, Board of Directors, Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins, GA, Executive Director of the 21st Century Partnership, President, Air Force Association’s Carl Vinson Memorial Chapter 296 for three years, Chairman of the Aerospace Industry Committee, and as a Military Affairs Committee member.  Dan is married to Charlotte Carter Penny.