Adam is the Chief Technology Officer at Fortem Technologies, joining from IMSAR LLC, where he played an integral role in growing the company from humble beginnings to more than 100 employees. One of IMSAR’s first full-time employees, Adam led point on securing more than $100M in contracts during the company’s first three years of business. Most recently, Adam served as vice president of Engineering at IMSAR, driving the innovation of a 60-person engineering team focused on building the world’s smallest, highest resolution and most robust radar solutions in the world for drone programs with the United States Department of Defense. Prior to IMSAR, Adam worked as a researcher at HP where he implemented innovative ideas for designing and manufacturing high performance RF products. Adam has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the engineering program at BYU, where he holds an M.S. in electrical engineering and an MBA from the university. He is a renowned expert on electromagnetics and signal processing, with a predominant focus on radar. Adam resides in Provo, Utah, and likes to spend time at his cabin in the mountains where he, his wife and eight children enjoy riding their dirt bikes.
Alexander is CEO and Co-Founder of Iris Automation, a high tech start-up building computer vision collision avoidance systems for industrial drones. With backing from Bessemer, Y Combinator, over $10M in private equity investment from other Silicon Valley investors, and operations in multiple countries, Iris Automation is attempting to radically disrupt the industrial drone sector. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Unmanned Systems Canada, a national industry representation organization that has been at the forefront of commercial unmanned systems for more than a decade.
Previously, Alexander was the first Software Developer at Matternet, a medical drone package delivery start-up, and worked on computer vision systems at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Los Angeles. He is very interested in intersections between drones, autonomous vehicles and real-world applications that will affect billions of people, always excited about meeting other people making big changes in the world!
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Allen is a military veteran and served in the US Coast Guard, flying hundreds of Search and Rescue missions out of Clearwater, Florida. Allen earned his MBA after leaving the military and along with his wife Andrea have owned numerous companies and is the Co-Author of “Be a Wolf” (The Entrepreneurs Guide to Becoming a Leader of The Pack) and “Drone Start-Up 101” (Finding Your Fortune in the Drone Industry), both available on Amazon.
Allen initially worked for IBM, but in 1997, he and his wife decided to leave Corporate America and strike out on their own with Argus Connection, Inc. Argus quickly grew into a multi-million dollar technology services company which they eventually sold in 2009. After taking some time off, Allen and Andrea started Argus Rising in 2015, a First Responder Drone Training Company. Allen has over 20 years’ experience in starting and running successful businesses.
Amit is currently the Founder and CEO ANRA Technologies, an award-winning drone operational platform provider whose Platform DroneOSS is used by multiple commercial entities for running and managing commercial drone operations. Amit is also the co-chair for FCC’s Technical Advisory Council (TAC) for 5G and IoT which includes all ground and airborne autonomous vehicles as well. He also offers over 20 years of comprehensive and progressive aviation, telecom and wireless experience in federal and commercial space providing telecom solutions to the Department of Defense, working with service providers across the globe, to running a successful Telecom startup as an entrepreneur.
Amit also has extensive aviation experience being a licensed pilot and an experimental aircraft designer/builder. He understands the current FAA regulations and airspace /UAV integration in the federal airspace related issues. Previously, he was the Director of Engineering at Oceus Networks, a leading provider of broadband solutions to the Federal Government. Prior to joining Oceus, he was the Principal Architect at Ericsson where he held a unique position as a member of a global network consisting of only a few solution architects worldwide with deeper experience in this area and worked with wireless carriers across the globe.
Amit was the Chief system architect for Navy 4G LTE Sea Pilot deployed as part of the U.S.S. Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group. He delivered a one of a kind turn-key, secure, unmanned airborne/afloat autonomous 4G LTE Network with applications to directly support the war fighter. Amit also architected the first ever approved classified security architecture for 4G LTE in line with NSA Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) framework. This architecture was assessed and approved for operational deployment in DOD by NSA in 2012.
After a successful management career in corporate America, Andrea, along with her husband Allen, co-founded and managed a technology services company, which they later sold. Following the success of their first company, they co-founded Argus Rising, a First Responder Drone Training Company. Along the way, she and Allen have co-authored two books; “Be a Wolf” (The Entrepreneurs Guide to Becoming a Leader of The Pack) and “Drone Start-Up 101” (Finding Your Fortune in the Drone Industry). Both books are available on Amazon in book form, as well as a Kindle version.
Andrea is a native Texan who believes that entrepreneurship is a way of life that is inspiring, fulfilling, and addictive! Writing books may be too – time will tell!
Andrea is a Berlin-based tech entrepreneur and inventor who believes in turning ideas into reality. He’s a hands-on executive leader with a passion for building successful teams driven by a vision. Andrea is founder and CEO of Skysense, a Qualcomm Ventures-backed technology startup building an automated Drone Charging Infrastructure for commercial applications. Among its customers are NASA, General Electrics, Prosegur, and enterprises planning to operate drones at scale. Andrea graduated from Techstars (Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator 2015). His prior experience is in technical project management, frontend development, B2B import-export, marketing and sales.
Andrew is COO at Uplift Data Partners, a full-service drone technology company focused on flying, analyzing and delivering data insights for construction. Andrew has spent three years on business development and operations in the drone industry. He is an expert at integrating drone technology into construction, ensuring safe and compliant drone operations, understanding of drones for enterprise, and more. Prior to Uplift, Andrew worked at SkySpecs, a drone company focused on automatic wind turbine inspections. He graduated from University of Michigan and is a big Michigan Football fan.
Andrew is the VDC Manager for Florida at Skanska USA Building with over 12 years of experience in the AEC industry. He has worked in multiple states for Skanska, starting in their headquarters at the Empire State Building, and now oversees VDC, technology and innovation for the all four Florida offices. This role has evolved into a more expansive one, enabling him to utilize his mechanical and operations expertise on all aspects of his career rather than BIM. During his tenure, he has helped to engage clients, project teams, and other participants in the building process to create an understanding of where and how technology can provide a positive impact before, during, and beyond the construction phase. Currently, Andrew is one of the leaders in Skanska’s unmanned autonomous systems (drone) program, advancing the use of drones through integration of other technology platforms.
Anthony is the Director of Aeronautical Training for the Los Angeles County Regional Training Center and is the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Subject Matter Expert for the Los Angeles Police Department. He has examined the advantages and disadvantages of this technology as it pertains to the law enforcement and first responder communities. He was a technical advisor for the development of a UAS ordinance for the City of Los Angeles. He is the course designer and instructor for four blocks of sUAS instruction for the Los Angeles County Regional Training Center. He is certified as a Master Instructor through the California Commission on Police Officers Standards and Training. Anthony is court qualified as an Unmanned Aerial Systems and Aviation expert. He holds the following Federal Aviation Administration certifications: certified flight instructor, commercial multi-engine airplane, commercial helicopter pilot, as well as, remote pilot.
As Deputy Assistant Inspector General for Aviation Audits, Anthony is responsible for managing DOT OIG reviews of a wide range of Federal Aviation Administration programs. Anthony assumed his position in January 2017, after 25 years of experience in managing large projects and programs. From 2011 to 2017, he served as a program director in DOT OIG’s Office of Surface Transportation Audits, managing audits of the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) oversight of transportation infrastructure investments. Notably, his teams have reviewed FTA’s progress and challenges in establishing its Emergency Relief Program and safeguarding the Nation’s multibillion-dollar investment in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. More recently, his teams have evaluated FTA’s and FHWA’s engineering and financial oversight of large projects exceeding $1 billion in total costs. Prior to DOT OIG, Anthony was a director in FTA’s Office of Oversight and Program Guidance. In addition, he served as a director in the Directorate of Installations and Logistics at the National Security Agency, leading major capital improvement projects. Before his Federal service, Anthony worked for 15 years as an engineer and program manager at Morrison Knudsen, Booz Allen & Hamilton, and Parsons Transportation Group on transportation and infrastructure projects in the United States and England. Anthony graduated from Saint Bonaventure University in 1990 with a bachelor’s degree in physics, and from Binghamton University in 1993 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. In 2014, he graduated from Loyola University of Maryland with a master’s in business administration, with a concentration in executive management.
Basil serves as program manager for the N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program.
Basil’s role is to envision and direct efforts that position North Carolina as a global leader in UAS (drone) safety, government integration, commercial and economic development, and knowledge creation. That includes ensuring North Carolina maintains the nation’s best drone safety record; maximizes state and local agency use of UAS technology to improve public services and operations; builds a world-leading UAS economy; pursues research and innovations that promote drone safety, government integration and commercial development; and designs and advocates for supportive public policies on the local, state and federal level. He also serves as UAS subject matter expert and advisor for North Carolina.
Basil leads North Carolina’s participation in the Federal Aviation Administration’s three-year UAS Integration Pilot Program, which is testing tools and developing infrastructure that will enable safe drone use for package delivery, particularly medical package delivery, over local communities beyond line of sight. This pilot program offers the potential for unleashing a new era of drone use for public and private purposes across the state and the nation.
Basil brings to this work extensive experience in civil engineering, program and project management, policy development, and research design and analysis. Prior to joining the Division of Aviation in June 2016, he served as project manager for Hovecon Project Solutions, where he managed residential and construction projects and provided design, engineering and technical assistance to builders and clients. Earlier, he was an airport project manager for the Division of Aviation, general manager of Peak Fall Protection Inc., a safety solutions company, and assistant resident engineer for the NCDOT Division of Highways.
Basil is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Aviation System Planning and ASTM International’s Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from North Carolina State University.
Ben is Chairman and co-founder of AirMap, the leading airspace management platform for UAS. Ben also serves as the industry co-chair for the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team. Ben was previously co-founder and CEO of jetAVIVA, the world’s leading broker of small business jets, from 2006 to 2014. Prior to founding jetAVIVA, Ben served as a flight test engineer for Eclipse Aviation, maker of the Eclipse 500 very light jet. Ben is an FAA-certified Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor with more than 4,500 hours of flight experience in more than 100 aircraft types and ratings in seaplanes, gliders, helicopters, and six types of jets. He is also a certificated Remote Pilot. Ben is a graduate of Purdue University’s School of Aeronautics.
Ben has been passionate about aviation his entire life. As a Southern California resident who grew up in the shadows of the Santa Monica Airport, Ben’s lifelong interest started with remote-control airplanes, leading him to his first flying lesson at age 10, and becoming a licensed pilot at 17. Ben strongly believes that UAS can have a positive impact on our lives and hold immense possibility as tools for spurring innovation in both the private and public sectors. Ben is often called upon by media as a UAS and aviation industry expert and has spoken at numerous emerging technology conferences and events to share his insights about the future of the UAS industry.
Ben’s involvement in the aerospace community is both professional and personal. He serves on the board of Angel Flight West, a non-profit organization that arranges free air transport in response to health care needs. He also flies volunteer missions for animal rescue groups Pilots N Paws and Wings of Rescue.
Bill currently works at DJI as an Enterprise Partnerships Manager. With his international work experience across three continents, Bill specializes in global business development and strategic partnerships. He started his DJI career at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen, where he has successfully driven several cross-functional partnerships and projects to success. He is a graduate of the University of California’s Haas School of Business, and has previously worked in the field of management consulting.
Bill is a frequent speaker on the legal and policy issues associated with drones, including testifying before Congress. He has worked with elected and appointed officials at the federal, state, and local level on laws and policies related to UAS. Previously, he worked in political network visualization and state and local government consulting.
Bill has been reporting, writing and creating video on the road and bridge industry for the last 20 years. He has won numerous awards during that time, including a Jesse H. Neal Award in 2018. Bill has also moderated several industry panels. After graduating cum laude with a major in Radio/Television from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Bill spent 10 years as a sports reporter/editor in the Chicagoland area.
Biruk is an Operations Research Analyst assigned to the FAA’s NextGen Technology Development and Prototyping Division. He is a Project Manager leading multiple research efforts related to the exchange and management of information in to support Trajectory Based Operations and Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management. Prior to joining NextGen, he supported the agency’s Performance Based Navigation office, and the Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO) for three years. Before his work with the FAA, Biruk served in the U.S. Army for eight years as a UH-60 Blackhawk Pilot and Flight Instructor. He holds a Master of Aeronautical Science degree with a focus on Management and Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Brandon is a Technical Program Manager at AirMap, leading complex integrations of AirMap’s advanced UTM solutions with third-party partners and customers. Prior to AirMap, Brandon worked at the United States Air Force as a Space Operations Lead and Project Engineer. Brandon has 10 years of experience leading teams through the systems engineering process, including requirements, design, test, and integration with a strong technical background with experience in a wide variety of fields, including FPGA/VLSI, web development, and mobile applications.
Brendan, President & Chief Pilot, AeroVista Drone Academy, is the face of AeroVista Drone Academy. He has almost a decade of unmanned aviation experience and over 2,500 flight hours to show for it. His expertise with drones is equaled only by his passion for building a community of world-class pilots across industries that believe in safety and efficiency above all else. Brendan holds his FAA Sport Pilot Certificate as well as his Remote Pilot Certificate, is a Representative of the FAA Safety Team, and his enthusiasm and charisma makes him the perfect Lead Flight Instructor.
Brendan is responsible for driving Drone Training, Program Development and FAA Compliance Solutions for AeroVista Drone Academy. He recognizes that Public Safety personnel need to be equipped with a turn key drone program that solves the challenges of FAA compliance, training, scaling operations, producing actionable intelligence and ultimately accelerates program adoption. It is Aerovista Drone Academy’s mission to make drones the de-facto standard mission critical tool and equip Fire, Law Enforcement & Public Safety agencies with everything their department needs for efficient and effective drone operations from takeoff to landing.
Drone Training Topics Include: How to Implement a Drone Program for Public Safety, Drone Pilot Ground & Flight School, Search & Rescue, Drone Night Ops Training, Aerial Awareness for Structure Fire Response, Thermal Imaging, Fire & Accident Investigations, Drone Use in Law Enforcement, Tactical UAS response to Active Shooter Threats
Brett is a dual-degree aeronautical engineer over 20 years of experience across military aviation, technology, and startup industries. He has certifications in project management and public speaking, licenses in sUAS remote piloting and insurance, two inventions for airport energy and noise reduction devices, and is the author and/or publisher of four books with the most recent being “Success with Drones in Civil Engineering: An Accelerated Guide to Safe, Legal, and Profitable Operations.”
Since 2010, Brett has focused his energies on large-scale innovation initiatives in highly regulated industries. Examples include helping organizations implement 3-D printing, Lean Startup, Agile development, crowdfunding, and dedicated spaces for employee innovation. His current focus is helping organizations establish safe, legal, and effective sUAS operations.
Brett is active with several professional societies, including Drone Pilots Federation where he is the Vice-President. DPF is dedicated to building a safe, secure, and prosperous world with drones.
Brian has a lifelong interest in aviation, a background in telecommunications, and a unique ability to filter the noise and present relevant information to others in a clear understandable format that allows people to make decisions.
Brian graduated Magna Cum Laude from BCIT with a Diploma of Telecommunications Technology and then spent 31 years working with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) as a communication specialist. Brian’s duties included system design and operational communications support to Emergency Response Team deployments and special investigations. In 2014, Brian was asked to build a UAV program to support the RCMP’s Critical Incident Program in British Columbia.
In less than three years, Brian grew the RCMP UAS program in BC from 4 aircraft to 53, implemented in-house training for all platforms, and launched a UAV countermeasures program. Brian has worked with numerous agencies such as Defence Research Development Canada, Canadian Special Forces, the Prime Ministers Protective Detail, and retired as the RCMP’s UAS Radio Frequency Countermeasure specialist.
Brian is currently the VP and CTO of BlueForce UAV Consulting and provides
Brian is the technical expert responsible for designing, building and maintaining the multirotor aircraft used by the Roswell Flight Test Crew to capture aerial imagery and demonstrate their potential to firefighters and other first responders, as well as the community at large. He has a lifetime of experience with radio-controlled vehicles, as well as computers and other electronic systems. Known to Roswell Flight Test Crew fans as “Techinstein,” Brian’s previous media experience includes eight years on broadcast radio in the Portland metropolitan area as the co-host of a computer help call-in show.
Brian is an instructor with the FlySafe aerial cinematography program and has spoken publicly about Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (SUAS) technology at the National Drone User Group Network Conference in Dallas, the Cleveland National Air Show in Ohio, the Academy of Model Aeronautics Expo in Ontario, California and the Northwest Search and Rescue Conference in Clackamas County, Oregon, among other venues. Having studied electronics at Delta College in Michigan, he currently owns an information technology business based in Beaverton, Oregon.
Bruce is the Director for Insurance Solutions at Loveland Innovations. He’s a battle-hardened sales and marketing professional who has spent the bulk of his career focused on providing incredible services and technologies to the insurance space. Currently, he’s leading the charge in putting the latest drone tech, A.I., and analytics tools in the hands of insurance carriers and property adjusters across the U.S. In his spare time, Bruce is a hobbyist drone pilot, a photographer, and an outdoor enthusiast who loves spending time with his wife and six wonderful children.
Bruce is the President of the Drone Pilots Federation (DPF), a 501 3c non profit corporation, and has broad experience in the drone industry. Located in Sacramento, he entered into the industry by working with a small team to build a fixed wing aircraft and ground station to fly agricultural fields in the spring of 2013. He co-chaired the first ever small drone commercial expo in San Francisco in 2013, served as Vice President of the Silicon Valley Assoc of Unmannned Vehicles, Co Chaired, with Matt Weismann and in cooperation with Parimal Korpardekar (PK) at NASA, the first UTM Conference at NASA, Moffett Field in 2015.
Bruce helped to coordinate the first National Drone Racing championship in Sacramento in 2015 and in New York in 2016 as well as the first International Drone Racing championship in Hawaii in Oct of 2016.
Through DPF, Bruce is currently working with the California State Legislature, and northern California fire departments to create a pathway for the integration of drones into public sector agencies.
In May, Bruce was responsible for creating a drone focus for RevTechX, an exclusive technology event for California state agencies, In June, Bruce was asked to create a Drone Hanger for the Calif. Capital Airshow which will draw 100,000 spectators on Sept 21, 22 and 23. The purpose of the hanger is to introduce drones to the general public in a more positive light, and allow them to see, touch, build and fly a drone.
Callie is Director of Business Development at FlightWave Aerospace Systems, Inc. Based in FlightWave’s Santa Monica, California, office, Callie heads up the global Commercial Sales and Business Development team. Prior to joining FlightWave, Callie held senior positions within the energy sector at Intelligent Energy (hydrogen fuel cell clean energy), where she focused on the UAS industry, and at DNV GL. Callie’s experience in building opportunity pipelines and managing customers on a global scale across the energy and technology sectors is invaluable to FlightWave’s vision for deploying long-endurance, clean-energy UASs around the world.
Chad is the founder and principal of Colby AgTech, where he works with progressive farmers, leading companies and government agencies around the world to provide deeper understanding of new technology and recommendations on its practical applications. He is also well known for his industry-leading work as an advocate for commercial unmanned aerial system use in agriculture.
Chad grew up on his family’s Central Illinois farm (he says he was always the tech “geek”) and that has not changed. Chad spent several years in Los Angeles working with an aviation construction company that designed, developed and built airport hangars across the U.S. It was during this time that Chad earned his pilot’s license and grew his passion for aviation. Most recently, he served as lead of product support for 360 Yield Center.
Chad developed AgTechTalk.com in 2013 to provide ag technology experts and enthusiasts with on-time information about the latest in technology advances. This provided a platform for him to share his insights and knowledge at meetings and conferences, as well as through media programs, around the world.
In 2015, Chad established Colby AgTech to further reach and inform agriculture’s most progressive farmers, companies and organizations. To date, Chad has provided information and demonstrations at a majority of U.S. agribusiness companies and organization meetings, presented at hundreds of conferences and meetings, such as National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International and Farm Progress Show, and conducted hundreds of media interviews, including This Week in Agribusiness, WGN Radio, RFDTV Market Day Report, XM Satellite Rural Radio and Iowa Public Radio Market to Market.
Chan is currently working at Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company (HDCC) as a Quality Control Engineer. He regularly checks ongoing construction for conformance to plans and specifications, including structural reinforcement, concrete testing and layout. He is also a certified UAS Pilot and in charge of drone flight and 3D modeling at his jobsite which is located at Kahului Airport in Maui, Hawaii.
Chan graduated from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3DR, founder and chairman of the Linux Foundation’s Dronecode Project, and founder of the DIY Drones and DIY Robocars communities, including the ArduPilot autopilot project. From 2001 through 2012, he was the Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Before Wired, Chris was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York.
Chris is the author of the New York Times bestselling books “The Long Tail,” “Free,” and “Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.”
His awards include: Editor of the Year by Ad Age (2005). Named to the “Time 100,” the newsmagazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2007). Loeb Award for Business Book of the Year (2007). Wired named Magazine of the Decade by AdWeek for my tenure (2009). Time Magazine’s Tech 40 — The Most Influential Minds In Technology (2013). Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top 100 Global Thinkers (2013)
Chris founded GeekDad, BookTour and a few other companies now lost in the mists of time. His background is in science, starting with studying computational physics and doing research at Los Alamos and culminating in six years at the two leading scientific journals, Nature and Science.
In his misspent youth, Chris was a bit player in the DC punk scene and, amusingly, a band called REM (not that one). He lives in Berkeley, California, with my wife and five kids.
Chris, CEO of Cyberhawk, is recognized as a pioneer in the UAV inspection industry. Having personally carried out over 150 live flare inspections to date, he still leads field teams on the most technically challenging projects for Cyberhawk. As an offshore Inspection Engineer, Chris has spent the last 20 years working around the globe in Australia, Norway, the North Sea, the Middle East, Malaysia and Brunei. Prior to joining Cyberhawk, Chris specialised in FPSO operations with seven years spent working on the Captain FPSO.
Christian, Certified Photogrammetrist, is a forward-thinking and inventive problem solver who has extensive knowledge of remote sensing collection requirements and how to tailor solutions to meet client needs. He holds a master’s in geographic information technology and a graduate certificate in remote sensing from Northwestern, and extensive instruction in advanced LiDAR data processing and advanced production workflow from Penn State. Christian was instrumental in the development of a successful aerial acquisitions department for a national surveying and mapping firm, and is responsible for overseeing LiDAR production operations. This includes training staff on all aspects of LiDAR flight operations, flight planning, calibration and production, and personally leading process improvements and quality assurance. Christian’s responsibilities include technical oversight and management of data acquisition and processing phases, as well as management of all QC processes associated with acquisition and production. Christian was instrumental in the development of McKim & Creeds unmanned systems program which has received the ACEC Grand Conceptor award in North Carolina and the ESRI Special Achievement in GIS award for their UAS projects and research.
Christopher is a 45-year marketing veteran with deep experience in the technology, aerospace and automotive sectors. He launched DroneBusiness.center to provide UAS and robotics companies with the market research, strategy and communication programs necessary to stand out in this crowded marketplace.
Christopher’s weekly newsletter, Dronin’ On, aims to connect the dots in the commercial UAS industry. The newsletter, which focuses on the global regulatory environment is widely followed by senior managers in law firms, regulatory agencies and businesses around the world. Because of his breadth of knowledge, Chris is frequently asked to moderate panels and participate on industry advisory boards. InterDrone attendees are eligible for a complimentary subscription.
Colin is a product development expert and serial entrepreneur. He most recently founded Austin startup Hangar, after serving as Chief Revenue Officer at 3D Robotics and co-founding and serving as CEO of DJI North America. He is one of the most interviewed experts on robotics technology in the world, and has been featured at premier industry conferences and in countless top-rated publications and newscasts, including 60 Minutes, Techcrunch, and Fast Company. Colin’s uniqueness to the business world is that he understands the technology in two dialects: the granular argot necessary to communicate with an engineer, and the simple, digestible language that’s interesting to the average consumer.
Colin Snow is CEO and Founder of Skylogic Research, LLC (also known as Drone Analyst®), a research, content, and advisory services firm for the commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. Colin is a 25 year technology industry veteran with a background in market research, enterprise software, electronics, digital imaging, and mobility. His experience includes aerial photography as well as making, programming, and piloting remote control aircraft.
Colin holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University, is a member of all major UAS industry groups including: AUVSI, RCAPA, and AMA, and holds an FAA Remote Pilot certification.
Courtney is a contractor supporting the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources’ Directed Take Program, with nearly two decades of research and resource management experience specializing in the behavioral ecology of marine protected species – particularly marine mammals – and mitigating human activities that may be affecting them. She is currently a lead analyst and subject matter expert for scientific research permits issued under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act, authorizing UAS activities directed at marine mammals and sea turtles and is involved in interagency coordination to establish best practice guidelines for responsible use of UAS by the general public.
Craig, Chief Pilot of DroneUp, has been employed in the UAV industry since 2011. He was an Ambassador and beta tester for DJI from 2012 to 2014. Craig has been Director of Aerial Cinematography on national advertising projects for clients such as Toyota, Mercedes, Kawasaki, Panasonic, Sony, and Red Bull. Craig was also the Director of Drone Cinematography for the YouTube year in review documentary for 2013 that garnered 127 million views.
Craig joined DroneUp full time after leading DroneUp’s Hurricane Harvey response as a volunteer in 2017 where he directed post-hurricane assessment flights. As Chief Pilot, Craig is responsible for leading flight missions, building training materials and ensuring our pilot community is engaged and informed. Craig also leads DroneUp’s enterprise video production projects. Mr. Coker has 24 years of experience with camera systems and owns a personal fleet of UAS’s with an impressive array of cameras and sensors. Craig is an expert in drone video production- from preflight planning through post-production editing. Craig will share tips for using drones to capture compelling images and video.
Craig has a background in electrical engineering with a focus in oceanography and has been designing remote and autonomous systems since 1989. He has logged many thousands of hours performing underwater surveys as an ROV pilot and has designed systems for SeaBotix, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Triton Logging, the Institute for Exploration, the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility and many others.
Craig has been the Community Manager for ArduPilot since 2011, first as the Director of Software Engineering for 3D Robotics, then with Linux Foundation as the Community Manager for Dronecode, and now one of the founders of the ArduPilot Initiative, a commercial support company for ArduPilot.
Craig brings a wealth of experience creating and using remote and autonomous systems for inspection and mapping in challenging environments.
This year, Craig landed a position with PowerVision Robotics as its Marketing Director in the US. In this role, Craig will be bringing the PowerVision products such as the PowerEgg, PowerEye, and the very impressive PowerRay to market in 2017. Prior to this, Craig joined Ehang to take charge of the United States marketing director efforts for the company, which produces the Ghost Drone 2.0, Commercial series drones and the impressive Ehang 184. He also spent two years working with Yuneec USA as a marketing and filming professional.
Craig is a sought after speaker at corporate events, industry conferences and academic conferences related to drones. He also frequently appears on television and radio to discuss emerging drone technologies.
Dan is Principal of Arbor Drone, LLC, a green infrastructure consultancy in Aurora, Colorado that pushes technology boundaries to maximize the benefits of green infrastructure in urban areas. Dan studied Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry at UC Davis, and Urban Planning specializing in urban ecology at the University of Washington. Dan’s applied research on urban forests and green infrastructure has appeared in scholarly journals, proceedings, symposia, policy papers, and trade magazines. He and his daughter try to keep their UAVs out of trees if at all possible.
Sergeant Daniel Marek began the Nevada Highway Patrol (NHP) UAV program in 2015. NHP was the first law enforcement agency in Nevada to obtain a FAA COA and to fly missions in controlled airspace. Sergeant Marek has expanded the program to train other Law Enforcement personnel in the State of Nevada and is a regular presenter at UAV conference in Las Vegas. Additionally, he works with manufactures in customizing their products for first responder missions.
Darshan Divakaran in an unmanned aviation expert with expertise in unmanned flight operations, flight safety, remote sensing, geospatial analysis and project management. He is the subject matter expert for the North Carolina Governor’s office, legislature and public safety agencies. In this role, he co-leads efforts to work with other state agencies, local government, industry, universities, and community colleges to integrate a statewide UAS program in North Carolina. A key focus of his efforts has been to provide state agencies and local governments the appropriate tools to create and manage UAS programs to support their specific operational needs. He is currently appointed to many national organizations and committees like AUVSI, ASTM, ANSI, NFPA, etc. that create UAS standards for commercial and public safety agencies.
Coming from a state government and university research background, Darshan has experience developing best practices and procedures for safe and efficient unmanned aviation operations. An FAA certified remote, he has extensive flight experience with several fixed wing and rotary UAV systems. In addition, Darshan has also worked with several remote-sensing platforms, photogrammetry and GIS systems. He is also an FAA certified commercial Pilot with multi-engine rating.
Darshan holds a Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology degree from North Carolina State University and BS in Professional Aeronautics (with minor in Aviation Management) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
David is Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Biology and the former Director of the Avian Science and Conservation Centre at McGill University. As a past president of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists and the Raptor Research Foundation, a Director with Bird Studies Canada, a Fellow of both the American Ornithologists’ Union and the International Ornithological Union, he has received several awards for his conservation and public education efforts. He has worked with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for more than 10 years counting water birds and mapping their habitat use, censusing hawk and eagle nests, dispersing nuisance birds, tracking birds wearing transmitters, and detecting caribou in Labrador. As the founding editor of the Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, he also serves as a board member of Unmanned Systems Canada. He has given several keynote/plenary talks and organized symposia, workshops and panel discussions on UAVs and wildlife studies at conferences world-wide.
A pioneering authority on the effective use of thermal imagers on sUAS platforms, David is a former commercial pilot and flight instructor, the creator and host of the FLIR Delta series, has 20 years of experience as a thermographer, and is an instructor for FLIR’s Infrared Training Center (ITC).
David began his more than 24-year career in law enforcement while serving his country in the United States Air Force. After serving his country, he became a police officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. David was able to create and establish the sUAS Program for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and is one of the pioneers in establishing sUAS use in public safety here in the State of Nevada. In April of 2017, he was appointed to the NFPA Technical Committee for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and currently still serves as a committee member. Martel currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Police Protective Association as well.
David is Managing Director of Crisis Management Limited, and Global Operations Director for the Crisis Response Journal. He was a career police officer in the UK, rising to the rank of Chief Superintendent. During his 30 years police service, David gained extensive experience of all aspects of policing and security. He was the Police Silver Commander in the immediate aftermath of the 2007 Glasgow Airport terrorist attack and was the lead officer for two strands of the UK Counter Terrorism Strategy within Scotland’s largest police service. After leaving the police in 2013, David was appointed Strategic Policing Advisor for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Overseas Territories Division and also held the post of Security Programme Manager for the very successful 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.He established and ran his own successful police and security consultancy company and subsequently worked on a number of related projects worldwide. David has MBA and BSc degrees and holds a number of professional memberships in the areas of Management, Risk, Security, Project Management and Emergency Management and was awarded the accolade of UK Chartered Manager of the Year in 2013. David has been published in two academic textbooks on the topics of Police Leadership and Programme Management and was formerly a visiting speaker at the University of St Andrews and lectured on Crisis Management at the Scottish Police College.David is a regular speaker at international conferences on the topics of security and crisis management.”
Derek is founder of Beyond the Drone, an advisory services company formed to help clients clearly define and accomplish goals in the unmanned systems world. Beyond the Drone scouts new technology, and aligns customers’ business development, marketing, strategic sales, and capture planning decisions.
Derek has nearly 10 years of experience with unmanned systems. Previously, he was VP of Sales and Marketing at Prioria Robotics and launched their commercial and military UAS programs. Derek brings 20 plus years of sales, marketing and business development experience to BTD after graduating from the University of Florida.
Derek other experiences include Presidency of American Advertising Federation Gainesville, Presidency of Alachua County Emerging Leaders, member of the AUVSI marketing and external communications committee, and subject matter expert for the FAA.
He lives in Gainesville, Florida and is a die-hard Gator. He is married and loves to read a good book and while drinking a nice cabernet.
Doug is vice president of technology policy for the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the trade association representing the $351 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, which supports more than 15 million U.S. jobs. CTA represents 2,200 companies, 80 percent of which are small businesses and startups. Doug is responsible for public policy issues affecting product development, operations, sales and marketing across the consumer technology industry. He serves as an advocate for the industry before regulators and legislators at the local, national and international levels on policy concerning the operation of small unmanned aerial vehicles (drones), as well as regulatory reform, policy alignment, energy efficiency, and the use of consumer technology devices on aircraft.
DOUGLAS SPOTTED EAGLE
Douglas is one of the highest-rated speakers at InterDrone, anchoring many of its videography offerings. Douglas is the Managing Producer for Sundance Media Group, Inc. and VASST, and serves as a trainer and consultant for videographers, software manufacturers and broadcasters.
Douglas is an accomplished aerial photographer who thrives in the adrenaline-filled world of fast-action videography. His love of everything aerial has his focus on everything drone and UAV, from best practices in UAV cinematography to ensuring pilots understand the FAA laws.
DR. CHARLES MALVEAUX
As a Ph.D. Engineer specializing in remote sensing and environmental control systems using IoT sensor technology and robotics, Dr. Malveaux is working to make UAV remote sensing, agricultural robotic systems, and distributed sensor networks into the tools and implements of modern precision agriculture. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Malveaux is researching the use of machine learning algorithms and integrated sensor networks in precision agriculture along with robotic platforms. His data collection and systems engineering efforts in this area are leading towards automated farm management using aerial and land based robotic systems for precision agriculture.
His teaching experience includes working as a research faculty member at Louisiana State University as well as teaching experience working with students enrolled in LSU Engineering’s robotics’ minor. In addition in his time at LSU Dr. Malveaux has given numerous educational presentations to area agricultural professionals as part of university extension and outreach programs.
DR. DAVID JOHNSTON
David is an Associate Professor of the Practice of Marine Conservation & Ecology at Duke University and the Director of the Marine Robotics and Remote Sensing (MaRRS) Lab at the Duke University Marine Laboratory. Johnston holds a PhD from Duke University and received post-doctoral training at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California. His professional experience ranges from leading research programs for NOAA to working as an ecologist within the NGO sector. Johnston’s research program currently focuses on advancing robotic applications, platforms and sensors for marine science, education, and conservation missions. He has published extensively in top journals in the fields of conservation biology, oceanography, marine ecology and marine policy on research that spans tropical, temperate and polar biomes.
DR. GREG CRUTSINGER
Dr. Greg Crutsinger is the founder of Scholar Farms, which specializes in using multi-spectral cameras & drones for vegetation mapping. The company was founded from extensive experience in academic research and teaching, as well as the commercial drone industry. Prior to Scholar Farms Greg was the Sales Director for the scientific and academic verticals at Pix4D and Parrot, and the Academic Programs Director at 3D Robotics. While serving academia, Greg was an Assistant Professor of Ecology at the University of British Columbia. Greg received his PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville, and was named Miller Postdoctoral Fellow of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the Univ. of California, Berkeley.
Edward “Fungus” Hine, Vice President – BD & Marketing at HAZON Solutions, is a veteran of the US Navy where he enjoyed an extremely dynamic 11-year Navy career focused on attack aviation, including over 400 hours of combat experience as a Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) in the F/A-18F Super Hornet. During his time in the F/A-18 community, Ed served as a maintenance division officer for Strike Fighter Squadron 103, the Jolly Rogers, and as the current operations officer at the second largest fighter squadron in the world, Strike Fighter Squadron 122 where he was responsible for scheduling assets worth more than $4 billion dollars. He left the aviation community to serve as a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) and fire support officer with Navy Special Warfare. During his time working in the fast-paced special operations world, Ed distinguished himself as a combat proven controller, an exceptional leader and a relentless innovator. Ed is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, he is an FAA rated private pilot and is Part 107 certified. Ed and his wife live in Virginia Beach where he enjoys playing and watching sports with their boys and outdoor cooking with his wife.
Enrico, the founding attorney at Traverse Legal, PLC, is a UAS pilot and technology lawyer. His firm includes UAV pilots, college UAS instructors and drone attorneys. Mr. Schaefer is a seasoned trial attorney practicing UAS, FAA drone law, Part 107, Section 333 Exemption petition representation, internet, copyright, domain name, trademark, consumer class action and mass tort law on a global basis. Mr. Schaefer represents drone companies, UAS vendors, drone developers, and many others in the technology space across a wide range of issues. Mr. Schaefer has been following the FAA’s rule making process for drones and UAVs for many years, and recently launched www.dronelaw.pro to assist his drone and UAS clients. Mr. Schaeffer has been a top-rated speaker at previous InterDrones.
Eric, a patent attorney, has two decades of experience as an attorney, most of it focusing on intellectual property. His firm has successfully filed and prosecuted thousands of patent, trademark and copyright applications in the US and over 50 foreign countries. For over 10 years, he has taught legal continuing education programs (MCLE’s), and explained intellectual property law to groups and organizations ranging from colleges and adult schools to junior high school inventor’s clubs.
Eric is an avid drone pilot who aerial photography has appeared on CCN and AUVSI’s own magazine. His video on using drones to perform roof inspections for the Buddhist monks of Thailand recently won a DJI “Personal Stories” competition. He flies mostly in Southern California but spends part of each summer at Thai-West, his wife’s island resort in Thailand (going through many batteries each day). A former US, European and World Champion kayaker, Eric still enjoys kayaking, stand-up paddle surfing and kite-buggying.
Eric is co-founder and Director of Aviation Technology at Skyward, a Verizon company. In his role as Director of Aviation Technology, he leads the effort to bring LTE to low altitude aircraft, enabling the traffic services, fleet management, and business systems integration necessary to scale autonomous aircraft. Prior to Skyward, Eric was a systems engineer at contractors for both NASA and Sikorsky.
Erika is a multimedia producer at Hot Rooster Media, LLC. Grounded with a Midwestern work ethic, Erika’s background is in communications. With a degree in Radio, TV & Film, she also majored in French studying abroad. Having worked for several years in film and video production in LA, her love for discovering new technologies soon led her to the trade show capital of the world, Las Vegas, NV where she enjoys helping businesses tell their story on YOUR BIZ LIVE. Very well-read, highly organized and results-driven, she is both a leader and team player. Follow both @HeyErikaLIVE and @YBLTV on Twitter.
Fiona is Australia’s best-known outback photographer with 30 years of aerial photography experience and a multi-strand entrepreneurial business. In 2018, her Rural Drone Academy project was a state award finalist and she has been named a state ‘digital champion.’ In 2017, she received two state ‘storyteller’ awards. She has published three books and thousands of copies have been mailed worldwide. Fiona has judged numerous photography competitions and spent many years campaigning for better competition terms & conditions, via a national professional commercial photography association. Her exhibitions have been opened by many eminent individuals, including a Governor-General of Australia. Australia’s Ambassador to the US opened Fiona’s photography exhibition in the Australian Embassy in Washington DC in March 2018. In addition to producing advertising images and magazine features, Fiona has run workshops for more than 15 years and leads international farm tours. Less than 2% of Australia’s fully licenced drone pilots are women, and Fiona is one of them.
Throughout his career at DJI, Francisco has focused on the technical implementation of DJI devices in the professional cinema and enterprise fields. He’s flown DJI products around the world to showcase the potential of drone technology. He completed his education at University of California, Los Angeles and has been with DJI since December 2013.
Frank is responsible for Sales & Marketing for Yuneec USA’s Americas Region which includes the U.S., Canada and Latin America. As Senior Vice President, Frank manages revenue generation for the company’s retail and commercial businesses. In the third quarter of 2017, Frank oversaw the launch of Yuneec’s first commercial UAV system, based on the all-new H520 airframe. Prior to his role as SVP, Sales and Marketing, Frank was Vice President, Marketing responsible for all product management and marketing for Yuneec Americas.
Before joining Yuneec USA, Frank was Senior Vice President, Product Development and Engineering at Directed Electronics. While at Directed, he had global responsibility for the development of new products and for the Connected Car division, namely SmartStart, the company’s industry-leading app-based car remote start system. Previously, Frank was Vice President, Sales and Vice President Marketing for Mitsubishi Electric Visual Systems America. Frank has also held senior sales and marketing positions at Sharp Electronics and Sony Corporation of America.
Frank holds an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Gene, CEO of Fruity Chutes, has founded several high tech start-ups in the early Internet e-commerce space, and the hobby radio control industries. Gene has experience in electronics hardware design, embedded systems, enterprise software, web systems design, and databases. Gene has flown RC aircraft and rockets for 40 years. In the mid-80’s Gene helped found CSys Labs Inc., a company that designed and manufactured one of the first all computer controlled RC airplane controllers.
Gene founded Fruity Chutes in October 2007 since then it has established itself as a leading provider to the UAS industry of a broad range of parachute recovery products optimized for light weight high strength and high performance. Presently, Gene serves on the ASTM F0.38 workgroup along with the FAA to determine the flight over people parachute requirements. Gene is married with three children, and lives in Monte Sereno CA, USA.
GENE SAUNDERS JR.
Gene founded the Project Lifesaver program in October 1998, while serving with the Chesapeake, VA Police Dept., as a Captain commanding Special Operations and SWAT and Chief of SAR, Chesapeake Sheriff’s Office, when it became apparent to him there was a major void that needed to be filled. Project Lifesaver International is a 501 (C) (3) community based, public safety, non-profit organization that provides law enforcement, fire/rescue and other first responders with a comprehensive education, training, and technology based program for individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life threatening behavior of wandering, including those with Alzheimer’s disease and Autism. Project Lifesaver was the first organization to apply locating technology for the search and rescue of individuals with cognitive disorders and have remained the leader, the Gold Standard, in this field for the nearly 17 years.
Gene has been a leader in the development of materials and training programs to provide the necessary education of doctors, caregivers, school administrators, first responders/search personnel, and of course, the families of loved ones at risk. In fact, Gene is a subject matter expert and advisor on the wandering issue for: Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s disease (LEAD), National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the Alzheimer’s Foundation, and the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and the International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners.
Project Lifesaver program is now in 50 states, the District of Columbia and six provinces throughout Canada with over 1,527 member organizations. The success of the program can also be measured by the lives of the “at risk” individuals and their families the program has touched with over 3100 rescues.
Godfrey is founder and president of RIIS LLC a mobile development firm in the Detroit Metro area. He is also author of “Agile Swift,” “Agile Android,” “Bulletproof Android,” “Android Best Practices,” “Decompiling Java” and “Decompiling Android.” His company RIIS LLC, appears regularly on the DJI Security Contributors Page.
Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD, is Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He co-founded AirMap, whose platform provides airspace information and services to drone operators, drone manufacturers, software developers and aviation stakeholders throughout the world. Opening airspaces previously inaccessible to drone operations.
Greg is an expert on drones and topics related to technology, law and policy. He is a nationally recognized commentator for Forbes, and a frequent keynote speaker at industry events and academic conferences related to drones, technology, law, and public policy. He has on multiple occasions testified before Congress and state legislatures about the legal and policy issues associated with drones and has aided state legislators, cities, municipalities, and executive branch officials in drafting legislation and ordinances related to drones. He served on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee, and the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS Registration Task Force, Aviation Rulemaking Committee, and the Remote Identification and Tracking Aviation Rulemaking Committee.
He previously served as Chair of the Consumer Technology Association’s Industry Standards Working Group on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (R6 WG 23) and as a voting member of the ASTM technical committee creating scientific standards to govern unmanned aircraft and their operation. He has advised drone start-ups, sensor manufacturers, law enforcement, consulting firms, insurance companies, and Fortune 500 companies about the legal and regulatory issues and benefits associated with emerging technologies.
Greg serves as Aviation Counsel to the Small UAV Coalition, an organization composed of leading consumer and technology companies advocating for risk-based regulations to enable the safe and expedited integration of UAS into the national air space (NAS). Current members of the Small UAV Coalition include AirMap, Amazon Prime Air, Google[x] Project Wing, Intel, Kespry, PrecisionHawk, Verizon, AGI, Flirtey, Fresh Air Educators, Percepto, T-Mobile, and Walmart.
Greg is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of aviation and government ethics, with extensive government service and private practice experience. As senior advisor with McGuireWoods Consulting LLC and a partner with McGuire Woods LLP, Greg counsels UAV manufacturers and operators, airlines, air taxi operators, fixed-base operators, airports, aircraft owners, security companies and shippers with matters pending before the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Transportation Safety Board, the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the White House, and Congress.
Additionally, Greg represents the Small UAV Coalition on the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST). As a member of the FAA Drone Advisory Subcommittee (DAC), he played an active role in Task Groups 1 (Roles and Responsibilities), 2 (Airspace Access), and 3 (Funding). He also recently served as Chair of the Stakeholder Consultation Body to the Joint Authorities for Rulemaking of Unmanned Systems (JARUS).
Greg served as chief counsel of the FAA and as associate deputy attorney general with the U.S. Department of Justice, where he previously served as special assistant and counselor to the assistant attorney general of the Civil Division. He also served as associate counsel to President George H. W. Bush as a member of the Interstate Commerce Commission. He served as transition ethics counsel for then-President-elect George W. Bush.
Greg has taught aviation law at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University since 1998. He also teaches transportation law for the George Mason University School of Public Policy. He is coauthor of Aviation Law – Cases and Materials.
Hai, Engineer of Manager of US R&D and Developer Technologies at DJI, runs both the iOS and Android team at the Palo Alto R&D office. He works on the developer technologies, including Mobile SDK and the UX SDK. He is one of the original inventors of the UX SDK and has acted as a major architect in the current design of the Mobile SDK, including the Keyed Interface, and Missions system. Hai has more than 5 years of experience in software development with a strong focus on Android technologies, but also backend systems, embedded platforms, custom protocols, and client-server architecture.
Harry is the CEO of DroneLife, a publication that has been helping readers stay up to date with the drone marketplace for over five years. As a leading publisher in the field, DroneLife had over 1.5 million readers last year worldwide, with social media audiences of over 120,000 for Facebook and 36,000 in Twitter. In addition, Harry is the CMO/VP of BD for JobforDrones and a Managing Director for Spalding Barker Strategies, a commercial drone consulting organization.
Harry is a graduate of Boston College with an MBA in marketing and Finance.
Heather is a Microsoft MVP for Office Servers. She is also a technology entrepreneur and award-winning senior marketing professional that thrives in both startups and established corporations. Heather is a marketing consultant for FlightWave Aerospace, assisting with business strategy and content marketing. She is also the founder and CEO of Creative Maven, a virtual marketing consulting firm that brings c-level strategy, inspiration and creativity into marketing teams and to marketing professionals. Heather lives in California and enjoys traveling the world speaking about SharePoint and Diversity in Technology. You can follow her travels and writing on Twitter & Instagram – @heddanewman and as a featured writer in inspiration and self-improvement on Medium.com.
Iain is Drone Program lead, Systems Innovation within NXP Semiconductor (NXPI, NASDAQ), working from the Austin Texas office, and has over 25 years of experience as in the industry. NXP is a broad supplier of industrial and consumer semiconductors and is the largest supplier to the Automotive industry. Iain founded the NXP Drone and Rover program as a “startup” within the company and is the technical strategic lead, coordinating across the NXP Business units to provide the appropriate solutions to Small Autonomous vehicles, and the right fit of Microcontrollers, Microprocessors, Secure Element and Authentication, Digital networking, sensors interface and RF power components to support the current and future needs of the growing drone industry.
Iain is a strong supporter of open source, and the Linux foundation DroneCode.org. He is leading the NXP Drone team in preparing the HoverGames Drone, a complete low cost PX4 starter-drone reference kit, and a corresponding series of drone hardware and software coding competition. The team is also preparing reference designs incorporating high reliability industrial and Automotive grade MCU, MPU, security and Radio components to support upcoming regulatory requirements and the trend it toward the use of high reliability and functional safe Automotive components.
Irina is the Vice President of the PrecisionHawk Pilot Network. She is a business development and marketing leader with experience in global market strategy. Prior to joining PrecisionHawk, Irina led Marketing Strategy and Analytics at Canary, a leading consumer hardware product in the home security, computer vision, and IoT markets. She previously held roles at the Boston Consulting Group and Goldman Sachs Investment Banking. Irina holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Pennsylvania and Wharton.
Jaime has been involved with remotely operated vehicles for more than 20 years, he has founded two leading UAV companies in México: “Droidika” in 2013 and recently his new company, “Element aero.” He has been a member of the board of directors at Dronecode and is part of the Ardupilot Development Team. With an Electronics Systems Engineering Degree, Jaime has worked as an Engineering Manager for companies like Continental and Siemens VDO, leading multinational software development teams to successfully launch multiple products. For the past five years, his focus has been the development of aerial platforms for commercial use in the Construction, Precision Agriculture and Survey industries. Working with customers ranging from private contractors to State and local governments to provide customized systems for a wide range of applications.
Jason is a technology innovator with more than 25 years in the tech industry. Prior to founding Asset Drone with his partners, Jason was the Chief Information Officer at a major healthcare system, where he helped grow the business in various C-level roles over his 14-year tenure there. His roles included CIO and COO, and roles managing construction, development and marketing. Jason was a key player to help grow the company from one location to more than 120, from a few dozen employees to more than 5,000.
Excited by the current and future growth and innovation in the commercial drone services and sensor industry, with his experience and skills, Jason keeps Asset Drone at the front of the UAS and UAV pack, enabling the company to offer rapid turnaround on projects.
Asset Drone is a national drone surveying, mapping and inspection service provider that stands out by using innovative minds, cutting-edge software, custom-engineered solutions and hardware, and advanced equipment to get any job done accurately and efficiently. Service offerings include: Drone construction inspection, real estate photography, infrastructure & utility inspection, land surveying, drone tax appraisals and custom solutions for challenging projects
All Asset Drone pilots are FAA-certified drone operators and fully insured.
Jean-Thomas, Chief Strategy & Product Officer, Parrot Business Solutions, leads Parrot Business Solutions and senseFly’s product management, business development and customer service teams, and is also responsible for the group’s B2B strategy. Prior to joining the Parrot Group, Jean-Thomas was a director at PwC Strategy&’s Zurich office, and has helped large technology companies launch new businesses, develop sustainable growth strategies and optimize their processes. He has also advised large industrial companies and governments on technology and digital strategy. Jean-Thomas holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and obtained his MBA from INSEAD.
Jeff, Project Leader, USGS National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography from the University of Northern Iowa and continued graduate work in Geographic Information Systems at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado. He has worked as a Cartographer in the U.S. Federal Government for 33 years beginning with the U.S Dept. of Defense – Defense Mapping Agency, with U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security – Operations Center and the Customs and Border Protection in Washington D.C, and a majority of his career with the Dept. of the Interior – USGS in Denver, Colorado.
His background is primarily in the areas of cartography, photogrammetry, and remote sensing pertaining to domestic and international mapping and monitoring. He has been involved with UAS operations since 2008 and in 2014, he took over as the Project Leader for the USGS National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office in Lakewood, Colorado.
Jeff is a globally recognized engineering expert in the drone industry. He currently owns and operates Wurzbach Electronics, Inc. a consultancy specializing in drone hardware engineering. His company is also a key supplier of drone avionics and robotic control systems to several drone and robotics companies in San Diego and the Bay Area. His consulting customers are located throughout the US and abroad. Previously, he worked as an electrical engineer at 3D Robotics (now 3DR) from mid-2013 to late 2015 and was directly involved in all top-line products 3DR released in that time frame. He has presented before several industry associations on drone product safety and other drone topics. Jeff has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego, where he received the Filanc Award and Gordon Medal for engineering leadership. Prior to working in the drone industry, Jeff worked at General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems Division in several capacities, including in a high-voltage pulsed-power research lab. As part of his responsibilities at GA-EMS, he was trained and certified to work with energized systems up to 10kV.
Jennifer is a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, she is counsel to the CTIA/NASA UAS Working Group, and she represents a number of clients on UAS/drone strategy, development and operation. Jennifer has represented technology and communications companies and investors for more than two decades. She is ranked by Chambers USA as a leading lawyer in telecommunications, and she has been named a Super Lawyer for communications law multiple times. She brings years of in-depth experience in the communications field to her clients in the industry, possessing an insider’s knowledge of the business, gained while serving as vice president and general counsel of a wireless communications company she helped to build and sell to Sprint Corporation. She is recognized for exceptional depth in spectrum matters — spectrum transactions and wireless regulation – and enabling new technologies that utilize spectrum. Jennifer was a voting member on the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Committee that studied and made recommendations to the FAA regarding technology for remote tracking and identification of UAS. For the CTIA/NASA UAS Working Group, Jennifer is active with members, the FCC and the FAA on spectrum solutions for UAS. Specification of, and access to, the right spectrum is a necessary prerequisite for enabling command/control links, tracking and identification, payload communications, and collision avoidance, and also is essential for managing UAS through a low altitude traffic management system.
Jennifer, State Bridge Inspection Engineer for the Minnesota Department of Transportation – Bridge Office, has been an engineer with MnDOT for the past 15 years. The last 10 have been spent in fracture critical bridge inspection and the last five years in bridge design and bridge standards. Jennifer has a BSCE from Michigan Tech University and an MSCE from the University of Minnesota. She is a licensed civil engineer, NBIS Team Leader, and SPRAT Level 1 rope access technician. The MnDOT Bridge Office Inspection Unit is responsible for managing the Minnesota bridge inspection program and conducting fracture critical inspections statewide on both the state and local system. She is currently on mobility in Metro Bridge programming and scoping projects till December.
Jerry, an FAA certificated remote pilot, is the founder and Chief Pilot of FX Drone Services, a mid-west based drone service company that provides drone pilot services for Construction, Infrastructure Inspection, Commercial and Residential Real Estate, and Insurance Claim missions; video editing and production services; and consulting on drone related projects.
Prior to founding FX Drone Services, Jerry spent over 30 years as a professional computer programmer/consultant for software development, having worked in various industries. He is currently a Mobile Developer, and has experience developing custom DJI mobile apps for drone flight control using the DJI SDK.
Jerry has received professional training for: Drone Pilot Ground School, Cell Tower Inspections (Talon), Residential Roofing Inspections, Residential Ground Inspections, Commercial Real Estate missions and Drone Night Operations.
Jerry has received an FAA waiver, allowing for Drone Night Operations (107.29). Focusing on construction, inspection, insurance and real estate industries, Jerry strives to help FX Drone Services clients use drone technology to increase their competitive edge, enhance efficiency, and improve safety. Jerry is a 2018 graduate of Udacity Flying Car Program.
Jesse is the Chief Strategy Officer of Measure. He joined the company as its first employee in 2014 and has led corporate strategy, product development, operations, and business development as the company has grown to one of the leading drone service providers in the nation. His previous experience included advisory work in business, policy, risk mitigation, and infrastructure development. He began his career at a defense and security intelligence company, where he worked extensively on unmanned systems technology. Jesse has frequently been featured as a speaker and panelist on emerging drone technology, at events including the Paris Air Show, AUVSI Xponential, the Commercial UAV Expo, and the Drone World Expo.
Jim is the founder of the Worldwide SWARM SAR DRONES network (sardrones.org) and the host and humorist of popular YouTube channel, DEMUNSEED. With over 6,500 all volunteer Search and Rescue drone pilots around the globe and all 50 states, SWARM is always involved somewhere around the globe, with a core mission to help families in distress. For the more instructional and humorous side of “DEMUNSEED”, join 40,00 subscribers and check out and subscribe to over 300 entertaining drone reviews/unboxings/travelogues and off the wall adventures at www.demunseed.com.
Jim Loveland is a battle-tested business executive and innovator who has founded, grown, and led several extremely successful companies. Jim has lived and breathed the tech industry for almost 30 years and is passionate about pioneering technologies that will streamline and transform industries. Jim holds a BS in Computer Science from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Utah, both of which helped empower his success at the helm of companies like Xactware, where he served as its president and CEO for ten years, and Verisk Analytics. Jim is currently channeling his passion to succeed at his latest venture, Loveland Innovations. Their solutions blend data analytics, A.I., and drone flight to arm roofers, solar surveyors, and insurance pros with high quality data, more speed and safety, and better decision-making power.
Jim, founder of JHW Unmanned Solutions, advises clients on all things civil aviation, especially Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Formerly, he was a member of Dentons’ Public Policy and Regulation practice and the Aviation and Aerospace sector, advising clients on issues related to aircraft and space operations with specific emphasis on all things related to unmanned aircraft systems. With nearly 30 years of experience in the Aviation sector while working at the Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Jim recently served as Manager of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office. This office functions as the single agency focal point for all UAS-related activities and is uniquely positioned to develop and coordinate solutions to UAS challenges across the FAA and with external organizations.
Before taking the helm of the UAS Integration Office in March 2012, Jim spent six years as the Director of Engineering Services in the FAA’s NextGen Organization, where he led the coordination and integration of all systems engineering work needed to move the NAS toward NextGen. This work gave him a deep understanding of how FAA research progresses into a mature concept and eventually into the many technologies that become operational in the NAS. His office also led the development of the NAS Enterprise Architecture and NAS-level Requirements. Together, these engendered a great appreciation for the interrelationships of the many systems which will be touched by the UAS integration effort.
During his long career with the FAA, Jim led the organization tasked with lifecycle management of all FAA communications systems and the implementation of the Safety Management System in the Technical Operations Service Unit. He has also worked with the FAA Command Center to transition personnel into the Air Traffic Organization, directed the team that developed, procured and installed all air/ground communications services for the FAA, and led the team that designed, procured and fielded the FAA’s prototype Air/Ground Data Link Communications System. Jim also led the FAA Team that negotiated with other federal agencies to create a second civil GPS frequency.
JOHN L. LAULETTA
John Lauletta has been involved in electric utility measurement technology since 1975. John’s career includes ten years with American Electric Power as Measurements Manager, 14 years as VP Scientific Columbus and since 2006 as CEO/CTO of Exacter, Inc.
John holds electrical engineering degrees from The Ohio State University and Purdue University and is the Past Chair of the Central Ohio Power and Energy Society Chapter of IEEE. John holds several patents in predictive failure technologies. John manages several research programs for IIoT sensor development for electric utility applications as Visiting Scientist at the University of Akron.
Exacter, Inc. is a developer of predictive technologies for electric utility reliability, grid conditions-based assessment, grid preventive maintenance, and Smart Grid network performance.
John is Founding and Managing Partner of Capital Fund Managers LLC. He has successfully worked with over 400 of the largest developers, builders of new housing, and mix-use projects in the United States. He has been involved in investment analysis, retail gravity analysis, land availability analysis. Has taught classes on Internet marketing to realtors, builders, developers, and more. John also is on the editorial board of four industry magazines and is certified from National Association home Builders (NAHB) for Land Acquisition & Development Finance. Past roles include V.P. of a national housing research firm and executive analyst for the fourth largest consulting firm in the world. John is also a member of the Local & National Home Builders Association, the National Association of REALTORS (NAR), NAHB Sale & Marketing Council, Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).
John has been working on photography most of his adult life, has been widely published, and has taught it at the college level for over 19 years. John also started flying RC aircraft right out of high school, which eventually led to a full-time position at Model Airplane News in 2002. He was the Senior Editor for RotorDrone Magazine from the start and has been involved with drones for over 10 years. John has authored many articles on drone photography and videography, along with numerous reviews on many of the popular drones. Currently, John is a licensed107 pilot and shoots drone footage for several video stock agencies along with drone work for advertising and short films.
Jon has be involved in developing UAV systems for 16 years. He has implemented dozens of UAV programs for municipality’s in the intermountain west. Jon has a large social media following for his vast knowledge of Thermal UAV systems and pioneering work in creating specialized UAV’s. Jon served five years active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, studying microelectronics. His hobbies include 30 years of building, flying and creating aerial remote control vehicles. Jon is one of the RMUS founders.
In his current position at Esri as a Solutions Engineer for the Esri Public Safety Team, Jon is the technical lead for the disaster response and special events programs. Prior to joining Esri, Jon was the lead developer for MapSAR, a voluntary collaborative effort to build an ArcGIS based tool to support Search and Rescue efforts for lost and missing persons. MapSAR has gained international adoption and acclaim since its release, and in 2012 earned special achievement awards from both Esri and the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG).
Jonas, Software Engineer at Auterion, Switzerland, is a computer scientist from EPFL, Lausanne. He worked for Pix4D between 2013 and 2017, first doing R&D in Structure from Motion, then on the mission control app “Pix4Dcapture,” that he created. In 2018, after some consulting work in the PX4 ecosystem, he joined Auterion, where he is currently contributing to the Dronecode SDK.
Jonathan is Head of Product Management at Auterion, where is he responsible for the company’s drone software product strategy and business development.
Jonathan earned MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has 25 years of technology & strategy experience, both in Europe as well as Silicon Valley California.
Prior to Auterion, Jonathan held a variety of leadership positions at Swisscom, Zattoo, and Kudelski among many other companies in the telco, internet video, IoT, smart grid, and semiconductor industries.
Jono is the co-founder and CCO of DroneDeploy, where he is responsible for the overall customer experience of the DroneDeploy platform. Jono completed his undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Information Systems and Applied Maths at Rhodes University before moving to the UK to obtain an MSc in Artificial Intelligence, and two-thirds of a PhD in Machine Learning from the University of Edinburgh. When not playing with flying robots and computers, Jono can be found rock climbing or playing squash.
Dr. Joseph Rios serves as the Chief Engineer for NASA’s UAS Traffic Management (UTM) project. He has been with NASA since 2007 and generally focuses on computational and data issues related to the National Airspace System. He has worked on large-scale optimization models for traffic flow management, data exchange schemas for air traffic, and tools for general aviation pilots flying in remote locations. Joseph’s dual undergraduate degree in pure mathematics and film/video theory affords him the ability to write a formal proof that Cool Hand Luke is one of the best films of all time. Teaching high school in Papua New Guinea for two years via the Peace Corps taught him (amongst other things) that his body is not built for the tropics. Following the Peace Corps, Joseph obtained his M.S. in Computer Science from Cal State Hayward, followed by a PhD in Computer Engineering from UC Santa Cruz. He feels strongly that writing about oneself in the third person is a lost art. He has used various forms of this joke many times and he will continue to do so.
Joshua is the Co-Founder and Chief Pilot of Kittyhawk, a drone operations and management solution backed by Boeing. He is also a founding member of the FAA Unmanned Aviation Safety Team and an FAA Part 107 certificate holder.
As an accomplished UAV pilot, Josh has flown all manner of uncrewed aircraft for over 15 years and flown professionally for the NHL, ABC Television, and various manned-aviation airshows.
A recognized visionary leader, Joshua regularly writes about drone-related topics where he eagerly shares his love of aviation and (often-polarizing) opinions on the future of the industry. Josh is oft quoted in news publications and frequently presents at conferences and in panel discussions. A self-taught software programmer and entrepreneur, Joshua holds a bachelor’s degree in poetry from Arizona State University.
Judith Sherman is currently the Chief of HIV and AIDS at UNICEF Malawi. Her career in international public health began in 1988. She has been living in Africa since 1992, including Guinea, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Malawi. Her interest in using drones to advance health outcomes began in 2014 with an in-flight magazine and a casual conversation with a drone enthusiast colleague. In 2016, Judith launched UNICEF’s first drone initiative – a feasibility study on using drones to transport laboratory samples for early infant diagnosis of HIV. Since then, she has led efforts to establish Malawi’s drone regulations, develop Africa’s first humanitarian drone air corridor, use drones for emergency preparedness and response, and build local capacity to integrate drone operations and drone-acquired data into development.
Judith is passionate about using drone technology in ways that benefit communities, while also providing competitive market opportunities.
Judith holds a Master’s in Business Administration from George Washington University and a Bachelor’s of Science in International Politics from Georgetown University.
Julian is Senior Vice President at Intelligent Energy Inc. Based in Intelligent Energy’s San Francisco Bay area office, Julian heads up our US operations. He has years of experience across both the UAV and fuel cell industry with regards to power solutions and applications. Prior to joining Intelligent Energy, Julian held senior positions within the automotive industry at General Motors (Vauxhall) and TWR Group (Tom Walkinshaw Racing), which then led into the Cleantech sector with Microgen Engine Corporation where he held the position of CEO. Microgen developed and manufactured Stirling engines for the CHP, military and solar markets.
Julian, Senior Software Development Engineer at Yuneec Research in Zurich, Switzerland, has been part of the PX4 development team since its very beginning at ETH Zurich in 2012. He took part in the UAV Outback Challenge in Australia in 2014 and has worked in the drone industry for multiple companies, including Amazon Prime Air, 3DR, and now Yuneec. Starting as a flight controls engineer, he is now working on the Dronecode SDK to enable commercial partners to integrate with Yuneec’s products.
Justin is the Technology Integration Specialist for Bowles Farming Company. A 12,000-acre farm in Central California. His responsibilities include Veris soil mapping, variable rate applications, GPS systems, John Deere operations center management, Food Safety, and as an FAA Part 107, license holder, chief pilot for drone operations. Prior to Bowles Farming Company, he worked for California Sun Grower Services in several capacities from trucking, and tractor driver, to the research and development mechanic focusing on automating harvesting and transplant systems.
As Chief Revenue Officer of Loveland Innovations, Justin is responsible for product vision, sales, and all marketing activities for Loveland Innovations. His passion for technology extends back to his childhood Commodore 64 and the heady days of DOS (when only real geeks even knew about “config.sys” files). He’s spent the last 15 years building, selling and marketing technology products and services across hardware, software and cloud-based solutions. He and his family make prodigious use of Utah’s outdoor recreation opportunities, and he enjoys long-range target shooting.
Keenan is the Head of Avionics and Software and a founding Engineer at Impossible Aerospace, an American company working to end the age of kerosene propulsion and fully electrify all air transport. He is a registered part 107 remote pilot.
Keenan got his start in Aerospace working with NASA to develop novel techniques for satellite propulsion and performing C.P.R. in microgravity environments. He then worked on the launch and flight software teams at SpaceX as a Software Engineer and Mission Control Operator where he worked to mass produce and operate the world’s first orbital class rocket capable of reflight. As the only software engineer and operator on the SpaceX Hyperloop test track, he also arguably holds the title of being the world’s first Hyperloop Pilot.
Working at SpaceX as both a software engineer and operator gives Keenan the unique insight into how to build robust, modern, and safety critical aerospace software.
Keenan is the UAS coordinator and an Instructor for the Lynwood Fire Department in Lynwood, IL. He brings over 15 years of experience in the fire service, including over 10 years of experience with radio-controlled aircraft and drones, and 15 years of public speaking experience. Keenan is passionate about the safe and effective use of sUAS in public safety. He has a YouTube Channel called Saving Lives with Drones, which provides proven practices and subject matter expertise on utilizing UAS in public safety. Keenan is a seasoned presenter. He has presented at local and national fire conferences as well as for individual agencies and as a former Microsoft employee, was a regular technology spokesperson at conferences and keynotes.
Keenan offers real world public safety UAS experience as he has provided UAS assistance to various public safety incidents to include barricaded subjects, search and rescue, wildland fires, structure fires and disaster recon to name a few.
Keenan holds a FAA Remote Pilot certificate, is an Instructor II on his department, program lead for the MABAS-IL UAS Working Group and a member of the Illinois Incident Management Team.
Chief Kent Adams has four decades of experience with the Fire Service, including roles as Chief of Romeoville Fire Department, Acting Deputy Chief Downers Grove Fire Department, Flight Medic and FAA 107 UAS Pilot. He is an early adopter of drones who developed a successful UAS program in Romeoville, integrated drone training into Romeoville Fire Academy and through this success, was recruited into a leadership role implementing a statewide UAS program for MABAS-IL (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System). This group has been tasked with bringing UAS capabilities to 69 divisions throughout the state by building a program supporting Drone Special Operations Teams in the fire service.
Due to the unique challenges posed by Romeoville’s environment including the Citgo Petroleum refinery, vital waterways leading to Lake Michigan, and their population density, Chief Adams has found creative uses for drones in Public Safety. Drones have played a pivotal role increasing safety and reducing risk to operations including: Protection and well-being checks for individuals in and around the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal (CSSC), Dispersal Barriers (fish barrier), fire operations and reconnaissance, Fire Investigations, search and rescue, HazMat identification, fire preplanning, IAP and Special events preparation, Active Shooter planning and recon and incidents covering large geographic areas.
The Romeoville Fire Department is a Lead Applicant for the FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program and has collaborated with Lewis University, Romeoville Illinois and Clow International Airport in Bolingbrook, Illinois on the project.
Kevin grew up outside of Portland, Oregon, near the airport where he first learned to fly. In 2009, he earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from Embry-Riddle in Prescott, Arizona. Kevin would spend most of the next three years working for the government, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan as a UAV operator. After returning the U.S., Kevin worked in a composites research and development team but he would soon be drawn back into the field of unmanned aircraft. What began as hobby in his garage soon developed into a full-time job leading Kevin to work for two start-up companies, developing small UAVs for civilian applications. Kevin is deeply passionate about the science of unmanned flight and its potential to shape the world we live in.
Kevin is an accomplished sales professional driven by values of integrity, innovation, quality and a passion for success. Kevin has dedicated his career to excellent consumer relations, product development, quality assurance, direct sales and sales territory management. His vision, as a certified UAV pilot, is to continue to identify opportunities for UAV as a tool, to develop focused, tactical business solutions all with a personable, consultive style. Kevin is dedicated to emerging UAV technology and its real-world application.
Kevin is the Co-founder of Auterion, the enterprise drone software platform. He has been working in the drone industry since 2008 when he was researching optimal control algorithms as part of the early Pixhawk team at ETH Zurich.
Kevin worked at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) as a strategy management consultant in Zurich. He was a core member of the Industrial Goods and Automotive practice areas and lead several transformation and strategy projects at some of Europe’s largest technology companies. In 2014, he moved to the Bay Area and joined 3D Robotics, first as an Enterprise Product Manager and later as Senior Product Marketing Manager for Site Scan. Kevin helped the company transition from a consumer hardware company to an enterprise SaaS company and lead the marketing and channel sales efforts.
Kevin holds a Master in Robotics from ETH Zurich and an MBA from UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Today at Auterion, he combines his consulting skills with his knowledge of the drone industry and technology to help drone manufacturers and drone service providers adopt new technologies, change business models, and bring new products to market.
KRAETTLI L. EPPERSON
Kraettli is CEO and co-founder of Vigilant Aerospace Systems, which provides collision avoidance and situational awareness solutions for unmanned aircraft based on an exclusively licensed NASA patent and software. Kraettli has a 20-year career as a founder and investor in early-stage technology startups. He began his career as a software developer and plays a hands-on role in technical strategy and execution. He is also the co-founder and chairman of R7 Solutions, which provides geospatial software and data management for utilities, pipelines, wireless, solar, wind and rail systems including Houston METRO’s $1Bn regional rail expansion. Previously, he co-founded Questia Media which raised $160 MM in venture capital to build the world’s largest online academic digital library for students. The company was acquired by Gale Publishing in 2010. Kraettli focuses on identifying and developing disruptive technology companies that have a positive, world-changing impact and that facilitate greater openness and access to information and opportunity.
Lia, VP Marketing-Communications at PrecisionHawk, is a public relations, marketing and branding leader with a BA in Journalism from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining PrecisionHawk, Lia architected educational campaigns at USA Football to address a growing concern around head trauma and contact sports. She joined PrecisionHawk in 2013 to help transform public perception and showcase positive use cases at the advent of commercial drone technology. Through grassroots media and marketing campaigns, Lia has led the growth of PrecisionHawk as a recognized leader in the drone space.
Since her arrival, Lia has secured coverage by top national and industry media outlets and was named to PR Week’s Top 40 ‘Champions of PR’ list in 2017. She serves on the board and as a contributor to Drone 360 magazine, the advisory board for industry events such as the Commercial UAV Expo and InterDrone, and has a passion for participating in and growing the ‘Women in Robotics’ movement. She works at PrecisionHawk Headquarters in Raleigh, NC.
Lorenz holds a Ph.D. on drone software architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. He is the Co-Founder of Auterion, the enterprise drone software platform.
In 2008, Lorenz created and released as open source PX4, the autopilot for autonomous drone control. Lorenz is also the creator of Pixhawk, MAVLink and QGroundControl.
Lorenz has been working in the drone and robotics industry for the past 10 years and in 2017 he was nominated MIT 35 Innovators under 35 for PX4 by MIT Technology Review. Lorenz received several other awards and fellowships for his work. In 2016 he received the ETH Pioneer Fellowship, in 2014 Amazon Prime Air gift/fellowship, Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship in 2012, ABB Industry Award in 2011, the 1st place in the EMAV 2009 indoor competition together with his team and the ETH Excellence and Opportunity Award in 2008. Lorenz is also board member and community director at Dronecode, the organization that defines the open source standards in the UAV industry.
Lorraine is currently the Senior Imagery and Remote Sensing Product Strategy and Marketing lead at Esri. She has been involved with Earth Observations research for topographic and geological mapping and forestry applications for the past 20+ years. Dr. Tighe’s research have been focused on IfSAR/InSAR and Drone data to estimate canopy and terrain height over diverse environments and large geographic extents common in North America. She is the co-author of the ASPRS DEM User’s Manual Chapter 7 (3rd edition), a chapter on DEMs derived from IFSAR. Lorraine Tighe has a Ph.D. degree in Earth Sciences, a Remote Sensing graduate diploma, and a B.Sc. degree in Physics and Geology.
Luisa is an Adobe Master Instructor, Apple trainer, Private Pilot, Remote Pilot and Certified Advanced Ground School Instructor from the FAA with hundreds of hours of flight time. Luisa is an award-wining videographer and editor that is also an educator, teaching Adobe and Apple products for over 30 years. Her clients have included government, military and private organizations.
Luisa started teaching Adobe and Apple products in 1998, and for many years has been a featured speaker at NAB, IBC, Adobe Max, Government Video Expo, post Production Conference, NY, IVMG and many more.
Luke is the Founder and CEO of WhiteFox, the market leader in drone airspace security. As an experienced entrepreneur with extensive technical and operational knowledge in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), he serves as a subject matter expert across a number of industry leading advisory boards such as ASTM International, ANSI, Consumer Technology Association (CTA), and FBI InfraGard.
Prior to WhiteFox, Luke led a high-performance drone manufacturing company. During this time, he came to recognize the power drones have to change the world—it just depends whose hands they are in. This realization spurred Luke’s vision for establishing a comprehensive market solution to ensure drones fly safely and legally.
Outside of WhiteFox, Luke is a strong, persistent advocate for youth’s rights, legislative reform, and is actively involved in the technology community on the central coast of California where he lives and works.
Lydia has over 25 years’ legal experience and insights that she now brings to the practice of law related to unmanned aircraft. Lydia devises strategies to mitigate risks and achieve her client’s business goals. In the drone arena, she addresses the legal implications of businesses considering or operating a drone program, including the liabilities of drone operation to providing advice, business documents, privacy policies, compliance, NDAs and litigation services. She is a member of the American Bar Associations’ Forum on Air and Space Law and the Subcommittee on Drones: Regulations, Operations, and actively participates with the Uniform Law Commission’s committee regarding tort laws related to drones. Her clients include companies using drones as well as property owners attempting to protect their property. Lydia regularly writes and speaks on UAS issues. She co-authored and co-anchored the Georgia State Bar’s public safety announcement on drones and has spoken at numerous industry and legal events.
Mariah is President of Skyward, a Verizon Company. Her hands-on leadership experience spans strategy, sales, marketing, brand, product and operations management, from business creation through exit. She is an expert in new product introduction across diverse markets, including commercial UAVs, healthcare SaaS, enterprise software, and consumer technology products. Mariah possesses global business development and customer skills, including negotiating at the executive level across the US, Europe and Asia. She is a two-time Intel Achievement Award winner for new product introductions and leadership marketing.
Mario serves as a Director and Government Relations Counsel to DJI Technology. As a government relations, policy and legal strategist, Mario is focused on protecting corporate brands and assets, while mitigating risks and facilitating growth for innovative companies. Mario has represented global and start-up companies before all branches of U.S. government, European Union, Asia and Latam markets to influence the development of policy, legislation and regulations, and has served in public office as a policy and legislative director. Mario is a subject matter expert on IT Modernization (cloud, mobile, cyber security, data protection) and is a trusted Counselor to Boards, C-level & Sales Executives, and Government Leaders.
Mark, II is a senior policy advisor in the communications and information technology practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. With nearly 15 years of legislative advocacy and public affairs experience, he advises clients on a range of regulatory and policy matters in the unmanned systems sector.
Mark most recently served as the director of government relations at AUVSI, where he led its federal advocacy efforts. He was appointed to RTCA’s Drone Advisory Committee’s Subcommittee and the FAA’s UAS Registration, Micro-UAS, and UAS Identification and Tracking ARCs.
Prior to joining AUVSI, Mark served as legislative director to Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ). He also served as the director of U.S. operations at an Italian fuel cell developer and then later as the manager of communications and public affairs for an Italian technology company. Mark began his professional career as a legislative assistant to former Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD).
Mark is a Lead VDC Engineer for Hensel Phelps’ Pacific district, based out of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is an unmanned aerial systems leader within the company, working to enhance integration of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) into the construction workflow. Specializing in data management and photogrammetric image processing, Mark’s diverse background encompasses survey technology, geographic information systems and computer aided design.
Mark has worked for over 28 years in all areas of aviation and transportation law, including litigation, appellate, regulatory and other administrative matters. He has written and spoken extensively on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and aviation matters. In addition, he is co-editor of the Plane-ly Spoken blog, which is dedicated to providing up-to-date news, analysis, and opinion on issues that affect the aviation industry.
Mark assists clients in their efforts to obtain approval for complex commercial UAS operations, including beyond visual line of sight and autonomous flight. Mark has also represented UAS operators defending against FAA civil penalties as well as advising on accident investigations involving the National Transportation Safety Board.
MARKE “HOOT” GIBSON
Major General Marke F. “Hoot” Gibson (ret) most recently served as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) senior adviser on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). NUAIR welcomed Hoot late last year as CEO, where he now oversees the organization’s efforts to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace system (NAS).
In his role, Marke will lead NUAIR’s oversight of UAS testing being conducted in New York, Massachusetts and Michigan and will oversee the $30 million investment by New York state to put the region at the forefront of UAS research and development.
Marke has served as executive director of the NextGen Institute, which provides professional services to the UAS Joint Program Development Office. He also owned an aviation consulting firm.
Marke retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2011 after 33 years of service. He held numerous senior command and staff positions earning him the rank of Major General. Marke retired as the Air Force’s director of current operations and training where he led the startup of a new cyber career field and its integration into Air Force operations. He also worked on behalf of the Air Force secretary and chief of staff on ways to better integrate unmanned aerial vehicles into the national airspace. This involved continuous engagement with the FAA, Homeland Defense and numerous congressional delegations. As the director of current operations and training, Marke was also responsible for the startup of a separate career field and unique training path for those who fly Air Force remote piloted aircrafts today.
Martin is a co-founder and the CEO of Drone Harmony. Prior to founding Drone Harmony, Martin worked in the field of railway optimization at SBB (Swiss Federal Railways) and mtrail GmbH. At SBB, he pushed as product owner and internal consultant the introduction of automated optimization into the railway traffic management systems. At mtrail GmbH, Martin was external consultant and domain expert for DB Netz AG in their adaptation of the SBB railway traffic management system.
Martin obtained a PhD in Computer Science from ETH Zurich on the topic Algorithms for railway traffic management in complex central station areas. His PhD thesis dealt with the problem of optimizing train traffic flow in congested main-station areas. For this purpose, a complex decision-support scheme has been developed to support dispatchers in scheduling and routing trains in congested areas, when delays or other unexpected deviations from the main plan have occurred. Before his PhD studies at ETH he worked for three years as a Software Engineer.
Marty is the Ecological Management Supervisor for the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District located in Elk Grove, California. Apart from his main duties, Marty has coordinated the creation of the District’s UAS program in an effort to provide additional support to current mosquito control operations. The program consists of routine imagery, spectral imagery and analysis, topographic and spatial modeling, meteorological and atmospherical sampling, and mosquito control spraying utilizing larger UAS spray units. The program utilizes Part 107, as well as a recently approved Public COA for imaging and spray missions in controlled airspace, including night time missions. A strong working relationship with industry and the FAA has been paramount to the success of this program.
Matt, head of marketing, overseas the marketing of Parrot Business Solutions, the commercial division of Parrot, the leading European drone group. Matt was previously the Marketing Director of senseFly, a Parrot subsidiary that is the world’s leading producer of fixed-wing drones. Originally a technology journalist, Matt Wade has been writing about the benefits of new, cutting-edge solutions for over 15 years.
Matthieu is the Enterprise Solutions Manager at Pix4D, a leading software company headquartered in Lausanne (CH) committed to deliver high quality image-based products leveraging computer vision, photogrammetry and machine learning to solve real business problems for industries allowing businesses to make better decisions faster, cheaper and safer. Matthieu holds a MSc in mapping, GIS and remote sensing from the French National Institute of Applied Sciences, and a MBA from the EDHEC Business School. He is an expert in digital, mapping and analytics, as well as in global strategy, entrepreneurship, and business development. He has a passion for leveraging innovative technology products to unlock business values for industries. He like to think big and start small, which essentially means being at the same time a global and ambitious executive strategist, and hands-on to achieving small steps and growth.
As Virtual Design & Construction Manager for Hensel Phelps’ Southeast district, Maurice is highly skilled at coordinating various design and subcontractor trade disciplines utilizing Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) technology. As part 107 certified operator and one of the leaders in integrating aerial systems in the construction workflow, Maurice has overseen approximately 23 hours and counting of sUAS missions for Hensel Phelps in 2018, throughout the southeastern US. This includes over 13 hours and counting at Orlando International Airport’s South Terminal C Airside Construction project and over eight hours at Launch Complex 41 Cape Canaveral.
Dr. Klein is the Chief Technology Officer for SCI Technology, Inc. (SCI), a Sanmina company, in Huntsville, Alabama. He is responsible for developing company-wide technology and product roadmaps, and also leads the Technology segment for rapidly maturing new technologies into commercial product offerings. He has worked across a wide range of advanced defense programs focused on counter-IED, counter-terrorism, intelligence collection, and mobile computing. Prior to SCI, Dr. Klein worked at Exponent, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Booz Allen Hamilton. Dr. Klein received his Bachelor of Science in Computer and Systems Engineering and Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He earned his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, where he was a member of the Space, Telecommunications, and Radioscience Laboratory.
Michael is Research Director, North America for Frost & Sullivan’s Aerospace, Defense, and Security business unit. He graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1991. Following pilot training, Mike flew the KC-135R Stratotanker and was an instructor in both the E-3 AWACS and C-21 Learjet. Mike served as a data reduction analyst for the Air Force Research Lab at Kirtland Air Force Base where he split time between the Argus airborne test bed and the Satellite Assessment Center. He also served two tours in Air Education and Training Command as the Chief of the Tanker/Airlift training branch and Chief of the Flying Training Section responsible for financial planning and analysis for all mobility training aircraft in AETC. Mike has been with Frost & Sullivan for over six years as a market analyst and growth consultant and has earned a Masters Degree in Aerospace Operations as well as an MBA.
Michael Chasen is the CEO of PrecisionHawk, a leading provider of drone technology for the enterprise. Prior to PrecisionHawk, he was the co-founder and CEO of Blackboard (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leader in the global eLearning space. He grew Blackboard to serve over 30,000 institutions worldwide, had 3,000 employees and 20 offices around the world. Michael took Blackboard public in 2004 and ran it as a public company for 7 years before selling to Providence Equity Partners for $1.7B. Michael then started SocialRadar, a company specializing in improving location accuracy on SmartPhones, which he sold to Verizon in 2016.
Michael is the CEO of Rantizo, an agricultural drone spraying company. Michael is a chemist and venture capitalist who has been the first employee at six different companies. His focus is on solving problems in agriculture using innovative technologies. Prior to Rantizo, Michael founded Terra Biologics, an algae biofertilizer company. This was spun out of Nidus Investment Partners, an early stage venture group whose investors were Monsanto, Novozymes and Bunge. Michael is a lifelong Iowan who has traveled extensively for his career, including time in India, Brazil, Ukraine and El Salvador. Michael lives in Iowa City with his wife Anne and two sons.
Michael is currently the CEO and co-founder of SLANTRANGE, Inc., which provides new layers of crop health information to farmers and agronomists with its airborne remote sensing systems and analytics tools.
Since 1996, Mike has been developing airborne intelligence systems for applications in the earth sciences, defense, and agronomy fields. As an engineer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he developed airborne imaging and radar systems to study ocean/atmosphere interactions in support of global climate research.
As the Director of Electro-Optic Systems and Manager of Mission Systems at General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, he oversaw the development of intelligence payloads for a number of unmanned military aircraft including the Predator, Reaper, Gray Eagle, and Avenger drones.
Mike has a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from University of California, San Diego and a MBA from Georgetown University.
In 2014, with a vision for the anticipated opportunities in the emerging commercial drone marketplace, Michael founded DroneView Technologies. As CEO, he continues to lead DroneView Technologies in building the requisite systems and has recruited a team of professionals to provide market, leading aerial mapping and geospatial solutions to enterprise clients throughout North America.
Over the past 25+ years Michael, a proven CEO/CFO with numerous operational successes, has run, grown, acquired and revitalized several private equity backed service and technology businesses and has led four of these companies through successful exits.
He is a native New Yorker, who relocated to Michigan in the late 1990s where he has raised his two children. Michael is schooled in accounting and finance (University of Pennsylvania – Wharton School and MBA from Columbia University), with all of his tech learned through osmosis from many smart associates.
Michael is a full-time public safety officer for the Daytona Beach Shores Dept. of Public Safety where he is certified as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, and EMT. He developed the UAS unit for the agency and currently supervises multiple pilots and aircraft. Since the unit began operations in 2016, he has flown missions to include relief and recovery flights during Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, structure fire and wildfire operations, fleeing suspect pursuits, water search and rescue, and payload deployment during an armed subject standoff. In addition to being a professional in the pubic safety industry, he is also the Chief public safety instructor for DARTDrones. There he has assisted in development of public safety UAS training curriculum and has provided training to a multitude of public safety agencies across the country. Michael is also an FAA commercial pilot with a formal education from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a B.S. Degree in aeronautics.
MICHAEL W. DEN HARTOG
Michael is currently President of Air Operations Inc. and Chief Pilot for Soaring Sky Commercial Drone Solutions. As a graduate of Central Missouri State University with a B.S. of Aviation Management – Professional Pilot, and Miami Dade Collage’s Aviation Management program – CTI, for Air Traffic Control, Michael was moving into a career post-college with the airlines, with a pilot internship right out of school. Then 9/11 happened and changed everything for so many. He then transitioned to the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller for Kansas City Center. A few years later, he relocated to Birmingham Alabama to be with his wife and to work for the Birmingham Airport Authority’s Air Operations Department. While in Alabama he started a youth program, which was dedicated to educating high school students about different careers in Aviation. Then moved to Florida where he is working for Air Operations Inc., a pilot services and aviation event management company, that manages drone racing events and the air traffic operations for airshows/expos. Air Operations Inc. works with Organizations such as: MultiGP, Sebring Airport Authority, Sun ‘n Fun Inc. and the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wi. When Michael is not managing an aviation event, he manages flight operations and assists with training as Chief Pilot for Soaring Sky, teaching and flying fixed-wing aircraft and drones as a commercial 107 pilot. He still volunteers with teaching today’s youth as a charter representative of the South Florida Learning for Life’s Aviation Explorers as well.
MICHAEL DU BREUIL
Michael du Breuil has been involved with the usage and production of unmanned aircraft systems since 2012. Michael has B.S. of Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on Computer Science, Math, and Unmanned Aircraft systems. Michael confounded SRP Aero, which manufactures high accuracy, long endurance, fixed-wing mapping systems, as well as a MAVLink ground control station, with a focus upon user experience. Michael has been a regular contributor to ArduPilot since 2015, with significant contributions to the GPS drivers, and Plane code.
Nathan is Founder and CEO of PRENAV, a venture-backed startup that is digitizing the industrial world through laser scanning, precision robotics, and AI. PRENAV’s technology enables drones to fly automated paths inside and around expensive infrastructure (e.g. in GPS-denied environments), collecting high resolution photographs and 3D reconstructions which are then analyzed with machine learning.
Previously, Nathan managed robotics projects at the Society for Creative Research, contracting for Google and various startups in the San Francisco Bay Area. He also spent several years in the video games industry, working in product and marketing for Electronic Arts and Lolapps, before founding Wubyu, a mobile gaming company. Nathan is a frequent speaker in the UAS industry on topics such as machine learning, sense and avoid technologies, automation, and industrial inspection. Nathan rowed on the crew team at Stanford University and graduated with honors in computer music.
Nick is CEO of AION ROBOTICS, a manufacture of autonomous vehicles with a specialty in ground vehicles. He is also part of the ArduPilot Dev Team and ArduPilot Marketing Team.
Nitin is the Founder and CEO of FlytBase, Inc., based out of Silicon Valley. FlytBase is building the world’s first Internet of Drones (IoD) platform to help developers connect their business applications with drones. Nitin is a graduate from IIT Bombay and has done his Masters from University of Maryland, College Park. He has over 15 years of experience in aerospace controls and automation, and has been an invited speaker at various drone industry events. FlytBase platform helps drone integrators and operators scale their remote drone operations by integrating intelligence and connectivity with their commercial drones. FlytBase provides a range of developer tools, including, drone APIs, SDKs and simulator, to accelerate development of next-generation, smart, connected commercial drones.
Orrin received an MS in Civil Engineering (2009) and BS in Geomatics Engineering (2006) both from California State University, Fresno. He is currently a Geomatics Ph.D. candidate at the University of Florida. Orrin worked as an industrial photogrammetrist supporting manned space flight at NASA, Johnston Space Center (2007-2010). There, he was honored for performing the first real-time application of photogrammetry in support of major International Space Station mission decisions. He resigned at the end of the Space Shuttle program and took a job supporting unmanned space flight at the USGS Astrogeology Group (2010-2012). There he received an award for producing the largest site DEMs and the most accurately placed DEMs ever produced of the lunar surface. He now works for Cardinal Systems, LLC writing tools for mapping from imagery and LiDAR (2012-2017). His research interests are inspired by the needs encountered in his production work and cover industrial photogrammetry, machine vision, adjustment theory, and unmanned aerial systems.
Patrick is PrecisionHawk’s Vice President of Energy. He has played an intricate role in the expansion of PrecisionHawk Inc. by launching the first US office in 2013, and has since driven the company’s growth by pursuing new business opportunities and strategic partnerships worldwide. Pat works with enterprise-level clients across civilian industries, such as agriculture, energy and insurance, to display the immense value of UAV and remote sensing technology to business operations. He leads the growing sales and business development teams at PrecisionHawk. Lohman received his Master’s degree from Indiana University.
Patrick, Sector Head Oil & Gas at Cyberhawk, holds a MEng in Environmental Engineering and has extensive experience in the global oil and gas industry, having worked for a number of technology focused services companies in this sector. His multilingual skills and extensive knowledge of the international energy sector put him in a strong position to understand the requirements of Cyberhawk’s global clients. Patrick is passionate about developing compelling inspection solutions that improve safety and delivery real value to Cyberhawk’s customers.
Patrick has been flying drones since 2010, amassing a depth of experience uncommon in such a young industry. He has conducted extensive flight operations alongside firefighters and other first responders and, beginning in 2012, he performed pioneering work using drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras through a partnership with FLIR.
He has also used drones to conduct other ground-breaking missions, including: habitat restoration for native fish and wind turbine inspections. Owing to his expertise in testing and demonstrating drone technology, he was invited to Shenzhen, China in 2016 to assess innovative new systems currently under development.
An internationally recognized expert in the drone community, Patrick is the author of more than 100 published articles that have appeared in magazines including Drone360, RotorDrone, Drones, Model Aviation and Drone in the UK. He is a founding member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics sUAS Task Force, the Oregon State Legislature’s Drone Working Group and the AUVSI Cascade Chapter Board of Directors.
A top-rated speaker and instructor, Patrick has taught classes and spoken at events across the United States and around the world, including: CES, InterDrone, AUVSI Xponential, the Drone World Expo, Drones Data X, the Drone User Group Network National Conference, the International Drone Expo, AMA Expo West, and the Cleveland National Air Show, as well as the Drones Oman conference in Muscat in 2017.
He was selected to host the online coverage of the first-ever US National Drone Racing Championship, organized by Drone Sports Association and organized and hosted a national contest to inspire students to study STEM subjects using drones.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) recognized Patrick for his leadership in the industry with an Xcellence Award, given in its inaugural year. The individual award, one of only two presented by the association, recognized him for airmanship and contributions to the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry.
Patrick is known to fans worldwide as “Lucidity,” the public face of the popular Roswell Flight Test Crew YouTube channel, which has more than 22,000 subscribers and 4.5 million video views. Sharing their adventures online since 2011, the crew promotes the safe, beneficial and non-intrusive use of drone technology. In recognition of their standing in the industry, the crew receives sponsorship from FLIR, the AMA and SOAR Oregon, among other supporters.
A master scuba instructor and licensed private pilot, he holds an undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in sociology and English, as well as an MBA with honors from Willamette University. He also holds a Part 107 Remote Pilot In Command certificate and is a certified Level 1 Thermographer.
Patrick serves as Senior Director of Product at Skycatch where he is responsible for all software products. Prior to joining Skycatch, Patrick spent the previous five years making UAVs easy to use and scale globally, and over eight years as a US Navy Officer, operating both manned and unmanned aircraft.
Paul is a Senior GIS Analyst assigned to Region 4 which takes up most of the the southern portion of Utah. He has over 10 years experience with GIS and related technologies. He oversees all GIS-related projects that support UDOTs strategic goals (1. Zero Crashes Injuries and Fatalities 2. Preserve Infrastructure 3. Optimize Mobility). He has a large understanding and background in technology development surrounding GIS. He provides the skills to develop custom applications when out-of-the-box doesn’t work. He works closely with the Region and the PreConstruction group, by providing the support needed to help visualize and understand location data through GIS applications.
He graduated from Southern Utah University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in University Studies emphasizing in CS/CAD and a two-year certificate in GIS.
Paul is the Business Development Executive responsible for advancing development and integration of autonomous systems for Boeing Horizon X. He serves as principal advisor to Horizon X on matters relating to regulation and policy for UAS operations and as advocate for UAS national airspace integration. Paul’s involvement in UAS development is extensive. Prior to joining Boeing, he held the position of Vice President of Government Relations for Insitu, Inc. and was responsible for driving much of the company efforts transitioning into to commercial and civil market opportunities. Prior to joining Insitu in 2006, he transitioned from a 30-year career in academia as a full professor, Chief Pilot/Instructor, and Vice President of Aviation Training at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He currently serves on the AUVSI board of directors and Advocacy Committee. Paul was a charter member of the FAA’s small Unmanned Aircraft System Aviation Rulemaking Committee and past member of the FAA UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee and the UAS Remote ID and Tracking Rulemaking Committee. He is past working group chair on ASTM’s F-38 Committee developing industry consensus standards for small UAS. Paul also served two terms as chair of the Aeronautical Industries Association UAS Committee. He is currently serving as co-chair of RTCA Special Committee 228 chartered by FAA to establish performance standards for UAS command and control and detect and avoid solutions. Paul was recently awarded the RTCA 2017 Achievement Award and Outstanding Leader Award. Paul is a former member of the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team steering committee and was recently appointed as a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine UAS Risk Assessment panel.
Paul is an active pilot and aircraft owner holding Airline Transport Pilot and Flight Instructor Certificates, with jet type ratings, has logged over 9000 flight hours and holds both a Bachelors and Master’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Paul leads marketing at Kespry and is responsible for market development and demand strategy. Paul brings nearly two decades of experience in growing businesses through marketing and partnerships. He has helped scale the performance of organizations big and small including Business Objects, Microsoft, Alteryx and Bugcrowd. Paul holds a BA (with Honors) in Marketing.
Paul is part of the Technology Advancement Team serving as the Lead UAS Coordinator at the Utah Dept. of Transportation. He has worked in many capacities within UDOT for the past 20 years as survey technology advisor, lead of the 3D visualization group, Cadd support specialist, and construction surveyor. He is an instrument rated private pilot and is working on fostering innovation through the use of unmanned aircraft systems.
Phil is Vice President of Unmanned Systems for Ballard Power Systems’ Protonex subsidiary, and is responsible for UAV power systems and commercial applications. He joined Protonex in 2005 to head the fuel cell company’s engineering department, and was involved in the earliest UAV power systems, developed for US Air Force and US Navy hand-launch UAV programs.
Phil is also active in UAV standards efforts; serving as Technical Lead for the ASTM F38.01 workgroup WK60937, Fuel Cells for Use in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), and as a charter member of the SAE E-39 Unmanned Aircraft Propulsion Committee – where he leads activities regarding fuel cell and hybrid battery propulsion systems. Phil has spoken at numerous conferences and events, on topics ranging from the technical aspects of hybrid systems to U.S. Government policies on innovation and acquisitions.
Ramón Roche is the Dronecode Program Manager and Lead Software Architect, and is also the founder and maintainer of DroneKit.
Before joining Dronecode, Ramón lead the 3DR Systems and Tools team, and was a key contributor to 3DR Iris, 3DR Solo and 3DR SiteScan products. Over a career of more than 10 years he has performed many other interesting roles in the industry, including: software engineer, systems architect, tools developer, DevOps, team lead, and team manager.
Ramón is tasked with architecting the Dronecode platform, with an initial focus on developing the best possible Dronecode Platform SDK.
Randall manages FLIR’s sUAS business globally, and has a singularly unique perspective of the drone industry. From pioneering drone retail in 2014, he went on to develop the initial stages and foundation of DJI’s Enterprise business. Now working for FLIR, he has engaged with tens of thousands of end-users in both the consumer and commercial space, helped consult and develop hundreds of business around the use of drones, and has worked with most drone manufacturers, software providers, and industrial service companies.
Through interfacing with such a wide variety of participants in the drone space, Randall uses this lens to help grow and promote the industry throughout the world. With aerial thermal imaging being one of the most proven applications of drones in the commercial space, his exposure to a variety of use-cases allows him to evaluate and validate potential opportunities with this technology. He also enjoys using his network to bring together different parties to take their aerial aspirations to new heights.
Randall has a Masters in International Affairs from the American University in Washington DC, and a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Utah. Before drones, Randall was involved in the intelligence community, malaria diagnostics, and foreign currency exchange.
Randy is the host and creator of the Drone Radio Show, a weekly podcast on drones and the people that use them for business, fun and research. Since 2015, he has interviewed 172 UAV industry leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, users, researchers and enthusiasts on the opportunities in the drone industry. The Drone Radio Show has a worldwide audience and been downloaded more than 450,000 times. When not podcasting about drones, Randy is planning and managing multiple projects for the City of Tampa’s redevelopment of its downtown.
Randall, Sr. Director of Product Strategy, has an extensive background in the Property & Casualty insurance industry, spending over 26 years of his career with Allstate Insurance Company, in various positions in the areas of Claims, Information Technology and Underwriting. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento and Master’s Degrees in both Business Administration and Information Systems Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. Ishikawa is currently responsible for Product Innovation Strategy for EagleView and is President of the Property Drone Consortium.
Reza is an Engineer, Innovator, Futurist and an Aviation, Aerospace, Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) industry expert. He is the President of Nevada Business Aviation Association (NVBAA), Vice Chair of Aerospace States Association (ASA) Nevada Chapter, Honorary Commander of the 547th Intelligence Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, and the Chair of the Nevada Dept. of Transportation’s Airport Technical Advisory Committee. Reza is the Founder & Post Chairman for the Aviation Post 888 serving the Las Vegas Area Council of Boy Scouts. He is an advocate of STEM Education, and his organizations support year-round internships programs, and after-school STEM Clubs (aviation, robotics, and math).
Reza founded GRADD (Global Robot And Drone Deployment) to address the need for high quality, accurate, actionable, and easily consumable data analytics from aerial and/or ground images. He is a FAA Part 107 Certified Remote Pilot, and GRADD provides Part 107 training to young adults in its internship programs. In 2017, GRADD created 3D Modeling curriculum for Intel Corporation’s Future Skills program, and GRADD has deep expertise in all aspects of 3D design, 3D visualization, 3D printing, and 3D modeling. GRADD created the 1st ever 3D model of the interior of a jet airliner, a VVIP Boeing 777 http://gradd.co/vip777/.
GRADD is also the exclusive distributor in the U.S. & Canada for two world-class software products, as well as partners with companies like FLIR, Lieca Geosystems, and Sony.
Richard is a Virtual Design and Construction Manager with Hensel Phelps Construction Co., an employee-owned company that over the last 80 years has grown to be one of the nation’s most recognized general contractors, serving both public and private clients. Richard leads the implementation of new sUAS technology, software, and advancements at Hensel Phelps to increase efficiency and safety on the jobsite while providing valuable information for forecasting, recordkeeping, and as part of the procurement effort.
Riley is the Region 4 Land Surveyor for the Utah Department of Transportation. He has over 11 years experience working in the Surveying and GIS field. Prior to working at UDOT, he worked for several private Engineering/ Surveying firms where he gained a variety of experience. While at UDOT, Riley has used his background in GIS to develop new tools and processes to display right of way information in a GIS format. He has also implemented the use of LiDAR and UAV technologies into the Design process.
He graduated from Salt Lake Community College in 2011 with an Associates Degree in Survey/Geomatics and a GIS certificate. He is a licensed Land Surveyor in the State of Utah.
Robert is a fourth-generation farmer from north central Idaho managing 1,300 dryland acres of wheat, barley, peas, lentils, chickpeas, alfalfa, and cows. The farm is situated on the edge of the rolling hills of the Palouse and not far from his Alma Mater, the University of Idaho, where he received his B.S. in Agriculture Business.
His journey with precision agriculture started in 2003 using a PDA for simple mapping. That evolved into all different types of equipment, including Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) in 2006. Robert is the first farmer to own and use a UAS. His vision and advocacy of these technologies helped him become the Precision Agriculture Institute’s 2009 International Farmer of the Year. Robert has been on the leading edge of the precision agriculture utilization in the PNW and U.S.
Since that time, Robert received an Eisenhower Fellowship in 2011, taking him to South America for six weeks studying these technologies. During the fall of 2012, he spent three weeks in Germany on a McCloy Fellowship for agriculture. In Idaho he was recognized as one of the most influential U of I College of Agriculture and Life Science (CALS) alumni, receiving the 2013 Governor’s Award for Agriculture Technology and Innovation, and being honored as a 2015 U of I CALS Distinguished Alumni.
Robert’s vision and leadership ability has been recognized by the positions he has held, including president of the Idaho Grain Producers Association, chairman of the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) Research & Tech Committee, chairman of the U.S. Wheat/NAWG Joint Biotech Committee, Idaho Farm Bureau Federation county president, an initial member of Idaho’s UAS steering committee, and an initial advisory board member of the Drone World Expo.
Romeo is the Director of Public Safety Integration at DJI, the world’s leading maker of unmanned aerial vehicles. The past three years, Romeo has been working on various first responder and humanitarian projects to gain insight into the needs and challenges of fire fighters, search and rescue personnel, law enforcement officers, and humanitarian organizations. Romeo has actively participated in training, as well as real-life missions, such as search and rescue, fire, and natural disasters, and has been providing training using drones during live fire exercises. Romeo has been leading the DJI partnership with EENA (the European Emergency Number Association) and selected pilot test sites in Europe, as well as public safety partnerships in the US, to test and validate DJI technologies. Romeo has lead various internal and third-party solution projects and was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in the Drone Industry by the Commercial UAV organization. Romeo is also known for his aerial photography work, which has been published in various magazines, books, featured in TV shows, and hung in galleries across the globe.
Ryan leads Business Development efforts for DroneSense, Inc., a software developer that partners with public safety agencies across the country to help scale their UAS programs with precision and accountability. Prior to joining DroneSense, Ryan spent nearly 12 years as a FBI Special Agent assigned to Counterterrorism, Cyber, and Aviation operations. Ryan has FAA Commercial/Instrument and Part 107 Remote Pilot certificates and maintains a variety of cyber security certifications. Ryan also worked as an Aerospace Engineer for the U.S. Air Force and holds BS and MS degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. When Ryan isn’t sharing his passion for drones with public safety organizations, you can find him riding his bicycle, smoking ribs, or flying a radio-control helicopter with his two boys.
Ryan is the CEO and Co-founder of FLYMOTION which is headquartered in Tampa, Florida. He is responsible for the strategic growth, company direction and implementing the business strategy visions.
FLYMOTION was formulated in 2014, and has quickly become an industry leader in providing innovative unmanned system solutions, technology integration and services for clients globally. FLYMOTION works with industries such as Public Safety, Department of Defense, Energy, Education, Security, Media/Broadcast and more.
Ryan draws from his extensive operational experience in the U.S. Coast Guard and public safety working as a firefighter, paramedic and deputy sheriff assigned to the SWAT team. Ryan brings over a decade of successful entrepreneurship to the FLYMOTION team. His forward thinking has, and continues to deliver groundbreaking advancements and innovation in the unmanned system industry.
Ryan was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and it was there that he developed the passion for technology and drive for entrepreneurship.
Assistant Chief Scott Mlakar has 34 years in the fire service, Paramedic, Fire Investigator, Haz-mat Technician, Rescue Diver, Chief in charge of Special Operations (Rope, Confined Space, Structural Collapse, Water Rescue), Remote 107 Pilot. He developed and Implemented one of the first Public Safety UAS units in the State of Ohio. Currently, Scott is in charge of the Lake County, Ohio Public Safety UAS team which is comprised of Fire and Police pilots and serves the Fire, Police, SWAT, Bomb Squad, Haz-Mat Technical Rescue, Fire Investigation and Crime Lab in Lake and surrounding counties.
Scott grew up flying model aircraft and helicopters and transitioned into full-size aircraft while still in high school. He has been a licensed, single and multi-engine pilot since 1975. Since 1985, Scott has been an independent specialty insurance agent offering wings, wheels and watercraft insurance, specializing in aircraft, drones, custom and collector cars, motorcycles, boats, and more nationwide.
Scott is also a nationally recognized writer and speaker. His books include “How To Buy A Skymaster,” “How To Buy A Single-Engine Airplane,” “Ultimate Boat Maintenance Projects,” and “How To Build A Hot Tuner Car.” You can read his current columns and features in “Pilot Getaways,” “STOL Aircraft,” “Kitplanes,” and “Pontoon and Deckboat” magazines. Scott’s speaking topics include aircraft and drone ownership issues such as the cost of ownership, selecting, financing and of course, insurance.
Sezen, J.D., M.B.A., is an attorney and Director of Public Policy at AirMap. Prior to joining AirMap, Sezen was a litigator and trial attorney in Southern California, where she represented healthcare providers and businesses on a variety of issues. Thereafter, she joined Uber’s public policy team in Asia, where she led engagement with policymakers and regulators throughout the region. Sezen has primarily focused her policy practice on disruptive technologies and transportation issues.
From corporate executive of a Fortune 100 insurance company to entrepreneur, Sharon Rossmark has an extensive and diverse business background. Sharon now leads Women And Drones, the premier global platform for women who are disrupting, innovating and shaping the future of the UAS industry.
She has a proven track record of leading and building innovative initiatives designed to drive improvements in financial and operational performance. Sharon also has an extensive background in process improvement and implementing business transformation.
A growing element of her company is the collaboration with community and educational programs to incorporate drones into STEM, robotics and aviation programming for youth with an emphasis on engaging girls.
Sharon serves in leadership roles on various boards, including Special Olympics Illinois (Vice Chair) as well as the Washington DC based organizations Board Source (Treasurer) and the National Children’s Center (Chair Emeritus). She was appointed by the Governor of Illinois to the board of trustees at Illinois State University.
She is a frequently requested speaker, panelist and facilitator on the topics of unmanned aerial vehicles, board governance and executive mentoring.
Sharon has established an endowed scholarship to support U.S. military soldiers & veterans majoring in Business at Illinois State University. She is also the executive producer of a WWII documentary. Portions of the documentary appeared in an Emmy Award winning History Channel documentary.
Shaun is a solutions engineer at Propeller Aero. He joined Propeller in 2017 as a data specialist and photogrammetrist, and has since done everything from data processing to enterprise education. Today, he focuses on building companies’ confidence in drones as valuable tools for capturing topographic information by lowering the technical barrier through education and hands-on application. His previous experience includes working as a GIS and remote sensing consultant at the Amazon Rainforest Conservancy and as a research assistant at Acadia University. He has a certificate in advanced GIS from the Centre of Geographic Sciences in addition to a BSc from Acadia University.
Skip is the founder and CEO of Drone Networks Group and an Emmy-winning aerial cinematographer who has pioneered the use of drones in sports (Fox’s first ever extreme sports show) and dramas (HBO’s The Sopranos, and shows on Spike and USA networks). He is an FAA drone flight instructor at the Unmanned Vehicle University, creator of Drone TV, the world’s first 24/7 all-drone television channel, and has consulted on drone use for all the major Hollywood studios and networks.
Skip has spoken at InterDrone, Drone Dealer Expo and at UCLA’s FIlm School, and his work has been featured in Drone 360, Sports Illustrated, Variety and BBC Worldwide.
Sonal leads the Product Management & Strategic Operations teams at Kittyhawk, a leading drone operations and management solution backed by Boeing. Fascinated by flying machines since childhood, she found her passion in aircraft and received her Bachelors in Aeronautical Engineering from Gujarat Technological University and went to work with TATA HAL Technologies as an Aircraft Structural Design Engineer.
After four years of performing structural analysis on aircraft landing gear and various other critical aircraft systems, Sonal decided to venture into product management for unmanned aerial systems and received her Master of Technology Management from UC Santa Barbara.
Inspired by the rapid innovation and potential of the drone industry, Sonal aspires to be a part of the unmanned aerial revolution. Sonal is an active member in organizations such as Girls Who Drone and Women in Aerospace and also participates in several mentorship programs to promote women in STEM and girls education in India and the United States.
Suzanne started at the American Petroleum Institute in 2013 and now serves as a Manager within the Midstream and Industry Operations unit. Her primary areas of responsibility are emergency preparedness and response, security policy, maritime policy, UAS policy, energy infrastructure advocacy, and stakeholder engagement, both public and private. Rail policy, natural gas policy and oil spill preparedness and response policy also fall within her management portfolio. Suzanne previously worked for more than five years for BCS Incorporated as the manager of their Emergency Response and Risk Management team and as a senior analyst in the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. Suzanne directly supported DOE’s efforts to build public-private partnerships with the oil and natural gas and electricity sectors, specifically in areas of preparedness, emergency response, and both physical and cyber security. She provided technical and policy analysis, as well as communications support to senior leadership within the Department. Suzanne is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is a graduate of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative Executive Education Program at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Prior experience includes over six years at MCI Worldcom as a senior network engineer and supervisor. Suzanne has a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing Management from Radford University.
Terence is a seasoned engineer with nearly 20 years of experience developing electronic systems from prototype to full production. His design experience ranges from using various cameras and embedded systems platforms on Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to other non-drone applications. Currently, Terence is the founder and chief engineer of Rose-Field Inc. a technology firm focused on hardware and software development. Rose-Field Inc’s recent projects involve developing drone payloads for precision agriculture and public safety applications. He has taught various classes in engineering and has given talks at InterDrone in the past. Terence holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, a sUAV remote pilot license, and enjoys flying quadcopters for work and fun.
Tom Bull is a senior software developer on the Dynamis COBRA emergency management product team and an IT Project Manager for classified DOD systems. Tom has over 17 years professional experience deploying COBRA and other Microsoft products, including Windows SharePoint, Server, SQL Server, and developing and architecting custom Windows, Web and Android applications. Tom is currently the primary developer for the map and sensor modules in the COBRA system and the IT Project Manager, Architect, and Lead Developer for Dynamis’ classified DOD systems project.
Thomas is the Senior Vice President of Partnerships at PrecisionHawk. He is a commercial, business development, strategy, marketing and finance leader experienced with new business creation. He currently leads global business execution for PrecisionHawk, overseeing strategic direction, ecosystem development and commercial performance. Previously, Thomas was a member of DuPont corporate’s Management Leadership Development Program where he built new market opportunities for DuPont Pioneer’s Encirca services business and internal commercial strategy development for several DuPont businesses. Prior to DuPont, he managed customer relationships, led proposal development and provided business analysis for Northrop Grumman Corporation. Thomas holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, BS in Mathematics and BA in Economics from the University of Maryland.
Tim is the founder of Spectrabotics and an “Adventurist” at heart. After a career of military service as an Engineer, Space Operations, and Special Technical Operations professional, Tim went on to explore the world of Data Analytics and how to make systems truly smarter. As CEO, Tim has lead the company’s business and software development efforts as well as promoting new ideas for sensor data management and exploitation covering a wide array of market segments, including agriculture, mining, and urban planning.
An avid outdoor enthusiast, trail rider, adventure seeker and believer that new discoveries are still out there, Tim lives in Colorado Springs where he supports many startup companies in navigating challenges of bringing products and ideas to market for the Internet of Things industry.
Tim is the Chief Executive Officer of Fortem Technologies, bringing more than 25 years of global executive experience successfully building businesses and technology startups in Silicon Valley. Tim currently oversees the corporate direction and strategy for Fortem Technologies, responsible for all aspects of sales, product and service creation, delivery and customer service support. Before founding Fortem Technologies Inc., in May 2016, Tim transitioned from vice president of engineering at his previous company to sales, providing strategic oversight for all programs and services with global reseller partners in Japan and throughout the world. Prior to that, Tim served as VP/General Manager at NextHop, a proprietary technology licensing company from academia that expedited the industry transition from circuit to IP communications. Before NextHop, Tim served as executive vice president of Engineering at Shomiti Systems, where he spearheaded a team that leveraged unique disruptive ASIC technology to build award-winning products for the largest enterprises in the world. Tim was an essential catalyst in growing the team from five founding engineers to more than 110 employees in the fields of engineering, marketing, services and manufacturing. Tim began his career as an engineer at Aspect Communications, where he was responsible for all software development for their flagship telecommunication products, before becoming the Director of Software and generating over $500M in annual revenue for the product line. Tim earned his B.S. in Design Engineering, a combination of mechanical engineering and computer science, from BYU. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Tim is married with kids and is a passionate Cleveland sports fan, where he’s been trying to convert his family to root for his hometown teams for more years than he’s willing to admit.
Tom is the Head of Business Development at Kittyhawk, a drone operations and management solution backed by Boeing. He is also a Part 107 Certified UAS pilot and works with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District Community Emergency Response Team.
An enthusiastic UAV evangelist and pilot, Tom is also a veteran technology industry leader, having served in leadership roles at Microsoft, Nokia, Visage Mobile, deCarta (acquired by Uber), and Helio where he worked very closely with some of the world’s largest wireless operators such as Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile.
Tom holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the California State University-Long Beach.
Tom is a Drone Control System Engineer at Intel and is a seasoned engineer with a background in electronics, firmware and autopilot development since 2005. At Intel, he is a co-maintainer of the Intel Falcon 8+ autopilot and works on Intel’s next generation drone flight and compute systems. He is also a co-maintainer of ArduPilot, an open-source autopilot.
Prior to that, he led the flight system R&D development at Airphrame and was the firmware maintainer of their ArduPilot-based fixed-wing fleet. Before joining Airphrame, Tom worked at Trimble in the Agriculture division on their ground-based automated farming technologies.
Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from California State University, Fresno. He is the founder of Tomtronics LLC, an engineering consulting service, and co-founder of Crash and Burn Solutions which was developing a drone gamification product.
Tom is the founder and CEO of DroneUp. DroneUp manages the most extensive commercial UAV pilot fleet while simultaneously maintaining a fierce commitment to safe airspace through the Responsible Community Pilot (RCP) program. DroneUp has provided training to thousands of commercial and recreational pilots throughout the world. In addition to its commercial operations, DroneUp has supported humanitarian efforts, including emergency responses following hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose and dozens of other search and rescue missions throughout the world.
A former military officer, Tom is a recognized pioneer in military and government digital reform, having managed the extensive programming and web enablement of computer systems to support both the U.S. and International Special Forces. As a result of his thesis, The Point of Mobile Confluence, Tom was tapped as an advisor to the White House on innovative technologies and their impact on the emerging workforce. The data from the research, combined with his military search and rescue experience, led to the creation of DroneUp. Tom is equally passionate about his community and a frequent speaker at various corporate and organizational events.
Tom manages drone platform and software products at Skycatch. With over 10 years of experience in aerial intelligence and drone operations, Tom is dedicated to creating user-friendly products and solutions to bring value to customers through drone data.
Tony is currently working as the UAS program Manager at Northwestern College where he oversees the training of college students and industry professionals on the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems. NMC teaches a variety of UAS courses and focuses their training on application based training such as agriculture, land survey, and inspection work. Tony began his career by obtaining an Aeronautics degree from the University of North Dakota. In 2006, he accepted a position at Northwestern Michigan College where he acted as the Chief Flight Instructor overseeing traditional manned aviation training. Foreseeing the growth in the UAS Industry, he began the UAS training program at NMC in 2009. At that time, he also began working with two other colleagues to form the Aetos Group, a UAS inspection company working in the oil and gas industry. While with Aetos, he worked with companies such as Exxon, Dow Chemical, Shell, Phillips 66 and others to provide asset and infrastructure inspections utilizing a variety of UAS platforms. In 2015, the company was acquired by Mistras Group, a large industrial inspection firm and continues to grow and have success in the industry. Tony retuned to NMC this past January to continue to develop the UAS program and develop industry training partners.
Trent has over 16 years of solutions experience in the geospatial industry. He has most recently supported the global energy sector including solar, oil/gas, and utilities the past several years. He has worked extensively with aerial camera sensors and global geospatial data. He has served as past president and vice-president of the American Society of Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry for the Rocky Mountain Region. Trent has worked with high resolution imagery collections with custom aerial and LiDAR sensors as well. Trent received a BS degree in remote sensing from the Pennsylvania State University. Trent resides in the geospatial alley hub of Denver,CO.
Dr. Tulinda Larsen is CEO and Founder of Skylark Drone Research. After 40 years in commercial aviation, she has turned her research to the emerging drone industry.
In 2009, she founded Skylark Services, LLC to provide economic consulting, specializing in delivering economic analysis to support policy and implementation of data-driven programs. Dr. Larsen is a private pilot and a Certified Part 107 Remote Pilot. She was profiled in Women and Drones as a leader in the drone industry and in the 2018 May/June Issue of Women for Aviation International. In addition, her UAS distinctions include being named chair of the AUVSI Trusted Operator Program (TOP) Agriculture and Environment Working Group.
She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. Her book, 100 Lessons for Drone Hobby, is currently ranked by Amazon as #1 Hot New Release.
She holds a Doctorate in Management, from the University of Maryland University College, a Master’s Degree in Economics, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from The George Washington University.
Ty has been piloting drones since the dawning of the multicopter era in 1998, and professionally since 2003. His education is in 3D animation and visual effects. This gives him tremendous insight into photogrammetry processes and technology.
Ty spent 4-years at California Academy of Sciences as Supervising Editor of Science Visualization. This background gives him insight into the necessity for precision and attention-to-detail in processing drone photogrammetry.
Ty is also an experienced cinematic pilot; having flown for Discovery, Sci, History, Travel, and feature films. Ty is on the advisory board for the Society of Aerial Cinematography (SOAC).
Ty’s experience with drone technology is industry-recognized, having written two books (PACKT Publishing) on the subject of building drones, and countless articles for magazines on the subject of drones.
Ty has spoken at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Drone World Expo, and Interdrone.
Wendy’s almost 25-year career in broadcast journalism has taken her to TV stations in four cities. She has been rewarded with fascinating interviews, news gathering and presentation expertise as well as an Emmy Award. Her passion for visual story telling was the impetus for her entry into the world of drones. Wendy quickly discovered the photographic applications for drones are just the tip of the iceberg. She is excited to be part of the evolving “unmanned” industry through WomenAndDrones.com. As the mother of three young women, she is equally as passionate about using this kind of exciting technology to entice girls into pursuing STEM/STEAM education and future career opportunities.
William is an Assistant Professor and Environmental Technology Coordinator in the Center for Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. Along with directing the geospatial infrastructure for VCU Life Sciences, William teaches graduate courses in Environmental Remote Sensing, Environmental Applications of GIS, and Drone Technology. William was an ESRI Authorized Instructor for nine years and has over 20 years of experience in remote sensing and geospatial technologies. His research focuses on ecological data management, analysis of landscape change, integrating real-time data networks. For the past five years, he’s focused on terrestrial and airborne LiDAR, and manned and unmanned data acquisition, processing, and dissemination.
Yinian is founder and CEO of Airlango Technology. Founded in 2015, Airlango specializes in advanced perception and intelligence for robots and drones. Airlango’s first product, the Mystic AI drone, combines both robotics advancements and artificial intelligence to bring users new experiences. Before founding Airlango, Yinian Mao was Senior Staff Engineer with Qualcomm Research, San Diego. He received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland in 2006, and B.S.E. degree in Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China in 2001. He was a co-author of more than twenty peer-reviewed papers, and inventor for more than 30 patents worldwide.