InterDrone 2017 Keynotes

Michael Huerta

Michael P. Huerta is the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. He was sworn-in to office on January 7, 2013 for a five-year term. Michael is responsible for the safety and efficiency of the largest aerospace system in the world. He oversees a $15.9 billion dollar budget, over 47,000 employees, and is focused on ensuring the agency and its employees are the best prepared and trained professionals to meet the growing demands and requirements of the industry. Michael also oversees the FAA's multi-billion dollar NextGen air traffic control modernization program as the United States shifts from ground-based radar to state-of-the-art satellite technology.

Michael was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the FAA's Deputy Administrator on June 23, 2010. On January 1, 2013, the United States Senate unanimously confirmed President Obama's nomination of Micheal for a five-year term as FAA Administrator. Michael is an experienced transportation official who has held key positions across the country. His reputation for managing complex transportation challenges led him to the international stage when he was tapped as a Managing Director of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. The Olympics drew 2,400 athletes from 78 countries to Salt Lake City. Michael was critical in the planning and construction of a variety of Olympic transportation facilities, as well as the development of a highly successful travel demand management system that insured the transportation system operated safely and efficiently. Before joining the FAA, Michael held senior positions at Affiliated Computer Services from 2002-2009 rising to the position of President of the Transportation Solutions Group; ACS is now a Xerox company specializing in business processes and information technology.

Michael was commissioner of New York City's Department of Ports, International Trade and Commerce from 1986-89. He then served as the Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco from 1989-1993. From 1993-98, he held senior positions in the U.S. Transportation Department in Washington, D.C., serving under Secretary Federico Pena and Secretary Rodney E. Slater. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California-Riverside and a master's in public affairs, with a concentration in international relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.



Brian M. Krzanich was appointed chief executive officer of Intel Corporation and elected a member of the board of directors on May 16, 2013. He is the sixth CEO in the company’s history, succeeding Paul S. Otellini.

Krzanich has progressed through a series of technical and leadership roles at Intel, most recently serving as the chief operating officer (COO) since January 2012. As COO, his responsibilities included leading an organization of more than 50,000 employees spanning Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group, Intel Custom Foundry, supply chain operations, the NAND Solutions group, human resources, information technology and Intel’s China strategy.

His open-minded approach to problem solving and listening to customers’ needs has extended the company’s product and technology leadership and created billions of dollars in value for the company. In 2006, he drove a broad transformation of Intel’s factories and supply chain, improving factory velocity by more than 60 percent and doubling customer responsiveness. Krzanich is also involved in advancing the industry’s transition to lower cost 450mm wafer manufacturing through the Global 450 Consortium as well as leading Intel’s strategic investment in lithography supplier ASML.

Prior to becoming COO, Krzanich held senior leadership positions within Intel’s manufacturing organization. He was responsible for Fab/Sort Manufacturing from 2007-2011 and Assembly and Test from 2003 to 2007. From 2001 to 2003, he was responsible for the implementation of the 0.13-micron logic process technology across Intel’s global factory network. From 1997 to 2001, Krzanich served as the Fab 17 plant manager, where he oversaw the integration of Digital Equipment Corporation’s semiconductor manufacturing operations into Intel’s manufacturing network. The assignment included building updated facilities as well as initiating and ramping 0.18-micron and 0.13-micron process technologies. Prior to this role, Krzanich held plant and manufacturing manager roles at multiple Intel factories.

Krzanich began his career at Intel in 1982 in New Mexico as a process engineer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from San Jose State University and has one patent for semiconductor processing. Krzanich is also a member of the board of directors of the Semiconductor Industry Association.


Keynote: Greg Agvent - CNN

Greg AgventGreg Agvent is the Senior Director of National News Technology, and leads the recently created CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting unit, CNN AIR. Greg is responsible for designing and executing the technical, logistical and production strategies to support CNN’s multi-platform editorial mission, including the implementation of unmanned aerial systems. He provides strategic vision bridging the editorial and technical worlds, with a focus on applied technologies, multi-platform production systems, newsgathering technologies, information management systems and other nascent technologies.

Based in Atlanta, he has worked extensively with both the Editorial and Technical leadership in developing and executing CNN’s broadcast coverage of virtually every significant domestic news story of the last 15 years.

Greg has led CNN’s domestic UAS program since CNN initiated its research efforts in 2013. Because of his demonstrated leadership in the field, he was named to the federal Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) and also sits on the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST). He is a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), ASTM and serves on the Advisory Board of ASSURE (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence).

Before becoming Director of News Technology, Greg was Director of Planning, focused specifically on editorial content. Greg began his career as a Production Assistant at ESPN and joined CNN in 1984. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Purdue University.

Keynote: Michael Chasen - PrecisionHawk

Greg AgventMichael Chasen is the CEO of PrecisionHawk. Previously, Michael was the co-founder and CEO of Blackboard, an education technology company that he started in 1997 with a small group of young entrepreneurs in Washington, DC. Under Michael’s leadership, Blackboard grew to over 3,000 employees with over 20 offices worldwide. Blackboard went public in 2004 with Michael serving as CEO for seven years.

In 2011, Blackboard sold to Providence Equity Partners for $1.7 billion. After Blackboard, Michael founded SocialRadar, a company focused on using satellite and street level photos to geo-locate business storefronts. In 2016, SocialRadar sold to Verizon/MapQuest.

Michael holds an undergraduate degree in computer science and an MBA from Georgetown.

Keynote: Biren Gandhi - Cisco 

Biren GandhiBiren Gandhi is a Distinguished Strategist in Cisco’s Corporate Strategy Office, focused on identifying key technology trends and accelerating their adoption through acquisitions, development or partnering. He has built a successful track record of bringing innovation to life through strategic collaborations with startups, venture capital firms, universities and partner ecosystems. Currently, Biren spearheads strategy for highly disruptive technologies, such as the Internet of Things, fog computing, drones/UAVs, blockchain, deep learning, robotics and artificial intelligence. He combines his business and technology expertise to drive the co-creation of breakthrough business models through Cisco’s Global Innovation Centers as well as other catalysts for external and internal innovation.

Biren has nearly 20 years of leadership, strategic and tactical technology experience in diverse verticals like social networking, cloud, big data, mobile, telecom, social gaming and enterprise collaboration. Prior to joining Cisco in 2011, Biren was divisional CTO of a few gaming studios at Zynga and before that a Sr. Architect at Facebook. He also co-founded AdMunity, a startup providing a collaborative social platform for the advertising community. Biren actively participates as a keynote speaker, panel judge, mentor, and investor or advisor to venture capital firms, startups, accelerators and incubators, focusing on disruptive new frontier technologies. He regularly supports a number of global and local non-profit organizations.

Keynote: Wahid Nawabi - Aerovironment

Wahid NawabiWahid Nawabi is currently President and CEO at AeroVironment (AV). With over 20 years of experience in diverse industries such as industrials, electronics, and clean technology, Wahid is responsible for AV’s overall business, growth strategy, operations, and P&L. Prior to this, Wahid was Senior Vice President and COO of the company, where he managed all aspects of both operating segments of the company.

Wahid also managed multiple business process improvement projects, which led to significant enhancements in operational efficiency. He then led the integration of engineering, operations, supply chain and quality functional organizations into a single corporate shared services model across both UAS and EES business segments and all product lines.

Wahid joined AV in 2011 as Senior Vice President & General Manager of the EES segment where he redesigned the segment’s business strategy, launched a number of award winning, innovative new products and significantly improved its position in the market. As a former VP of the enterprise business segment at American Power Conversion (acquired by Schneider Electric), Wahid played a key role in growing the business from $50 million to more than $2.4 billion in revenue, and establishing it as a world leader in power protection. Wahid earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Maryland at College Park, in Electrical Engineering.

Keynote: Deepu Talla - nvidia

Deepu TallaDeepu Talla is vice president and general manager of the Tegra business unit at NVIDIA, where he is responsible for deploying AI technology in autonomous machines and intelligent devices, such as video analytics, factory automation, and UAVs. Previously, he was responsible for NVIDIA’s mobile business unit. Prior to joining NVIDIA in 2013, he worked at Texas Instruments for more than 10 years in various executive management and technical leadership roles."

Deepu holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in electronics and communication engineering from Andhra University in India, a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University, and a Ph.D. in computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Keynote: Mike Winn - DroneDeploy

Mike WinnMike is the CEO and co-founder of DroneDeploy, the leading cloud-based software platform for commercial drones. DroneDeploy enables professional¬ grade imagery and analysis, 3D modeling and more from any drone on any device. DroneDeploy users have mapped over 5 million acres across more than 120 countries.

Prior to starting DroneDeploy in 2013, he worked at Google as a technical lead for big data and tools, and as a sales account manager. Not new to launching companies, Mike co-founded Zoom2Work in 2009. The company connects those looking to carpool, using a database of people, addresses and traveling preferences. Previously he worked in the finance industry at one of South Africa’s largest financial services institutions.

Mike is a graduate of Rhodes University in South Africa (2008), where he studied Business Science, Economics and Information Systems.

He is a native of South Africa and has a passion for flying robots and aerial imagery, which he ignited prior to the drone age by mounting cameras on remote control helicopters.