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Emily Cook


Emily founded QED as a Woman-Owned Small Business in 2012 with the goal of providing high quality, reliable business and analytical services to government and industry clients.  She has experience in organizational development, process improvement, and higher education.  A prior employee of The Boeing Company’s Leadership Center, she developed and deployed executive educational courses, consulted for internal leadership, and assisted Boeing executives in their preparation for international development experiences.  She has also designed and presented briefings and off-site seminars to the senior management of Boeing’s 777 program, leaders of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, and at a Presidential Leadership Conference hosted by the Jimmy Carter Library in Atlanta, Georgia. More recently she prepared a history of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center.  In 2017  she produced a history of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ efforts in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.


Dr. Cook earned her doctorate in history at Vanderbilt University.  While at Vanderbilt, she served as research assistant to the late Hugh Davis Graham, a presidential scholar, and expert on political institutions’ leadership structures.  In this role, she had exceptional opportunities to interact with internationally known scholars and analyze political leadership in the most rigorous academic environments.  She is known by her peers for her meticulous editing, careful writing, and self-directed work style.


In addition to her work in the defense industry, Dr. Cook has taught courses in culture and society, foreign policy, and history at Babson College, Old Dominion University, Vanderbilt University, University of Massachusetts Boston, and the University of North Alabama.  Currently she serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, where she was named the 2022 part-time Instructor of the Year for Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. She and her husband, Will, who operates QED with her, have three children.


Feel free to contact me using any of the following methods:

Phone: 1-256-527-1722
Linkedin: @emily-cook

Will Cook

Vice President

Will has over twenty years’ experience in aerospace and defense. He flew the P-3C for the U.S. Navy in worldwide operations and later served as an instructor pilot.  Following active duty, Will attended graduate school then joined The Boeing Company where he worked in machine fabrication, aircraft final assembly, materials management, and business process improvement until 2005.  He has since worked with the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in financial management, acquisition, engineering, program management and supply chain risk assessment and mitigation. In 2021 he was named MDA’s Contractor of the Year for Core Engineering.


He holds a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and Masters of Science degrees in Civil Engineering and Management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Will is a CFA® charter holder, Program Management Professional (PMP), and certified Six Sigma Green Belt.  He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Business Administration from the University of South Florida.


Will serves on the Board of Directors of the Alabama Chapter of the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and volunteers as a Naval Academy admissions ambassador. An avid triathlete, he successfully completed the Louisville Ironman in 2011.  He and Emily are dedicated members of First Baptist Church, Huntsville, where they participate in numerous domestic and international missions initiatives.


Feel free to contact me using any of the following methods:

Phone: 1-256-527-1722
Linkedin: @will-cook
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