Speakers

Adam Robertson

Adam Robertson

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.

How to Prove Safety: Gaining BVLOS and Part 107 Waiver


Allen Scott Beach

Allen Scott Beach

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.

Pre-Confernce Workshop: Drone Startup 101: Finding Your Fortune in the Drone Industry


Amit Ganjoo

Amit Ganjoo

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.

Harnessing the Power of Your Drone Data


Andrea Beach

Andrea Beach

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!

Pre-Confernce Workshop: Drone Startup 101: Finding Your Fortune in the Drone Industry


Andrew Carey

Andrew Carey

Andrew is a Mining Engineer at Rio Tinto Kennecott Utah Copper. He currently the Director of Drone Operations at Rio Tinto Kennecott. He has worked at Kennecott for 5 years in various roles in Short and Medium Range Mine Planning, Surveying and Mine Operations. Prior to working at Kennecott, Andrew worked in the underground coal industry as well as the mineral processing industry. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Andrew began his mining career with a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering from the University of Utah. Andrew enjoys the sport of kiteboarding as well as attending University of Utah sporting events with his wife Jessica.

Building an Enterprise-Scale UAV Program in the Mining Industry


Drones in Construction, Aggregates & Mining: An End-User’s Perspective


Anthony DeMolina

Anthony DeMolina

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.

Counter-UAS (C-UAS) Solutions – When Drones are not Welcome


Creating a Public Safety DRONE Training Program


Anthony Zakel

Anthony Zakel

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.

FAA Regulations: The Latest Outlook


Arnaud Thiercelin 

Arnaud Thiercelin 

Arnaud, Head of US R&D and Developer Technologies at DJI, runs the iOS team at the Palo Alto R&D office, and works on the developer technologies, including Mobile SDK and the UILibrary for iOS. He is the original inventor of the UILibrary and has acted as a major architect in the design of the Mobile SDK 4.0, including the Keyed Interface and the new mission system: Mission Control. Arnaud has more than 10 years of experience in software development with a strong focus on Apple technologies, but also backend systems, embedded platforms, custom protocols, and client-server architecture.

Customizing Enterprise Drone Programs with DJI’s Developer Technologies


Biruk Abraham

Biruk Abraham

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.

Moving Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Forward: The Current Landscape


Brendan Stewart

Brendan Stewart

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

Working Together – Drones In Public Safety Mutual Aid Deployments


Addressing the Proficiency Gap in Part 107 Operations. Are Your Pilots Really Ready?


Brian Fentiman

Brian Fentiman

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

UAS Countermeasures (C-UAS) for Security and Public Safety


Brian Zvaigzne

Brian Zvaigzne

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.

Drones, Thermal Imaging and Emergency Response


Alternative Energy: New Power Sources


Bruce Crankshaw

Bruce Crankshaw

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.

Flying Drones for Insurance Claims


Callie Mortimer

Callie Mortimer

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.

Take Charge: Battery Life Innovations on the Horizon


Catherine Bramlett

Catherine Bramlett

Catherine Bramlett is the UAS Operations Manager for BNSF Railway’s safety-focused use of unmanned aerial systems and advanced analytics. BNSF is a critical link that connects consumers with the global marketplace. For more than 160 years, BNSF has played a vital role in building and sustaining this nation’s economy, and BNSF believes that UAS combined with powerful analytics and predictive capabilities will help support safe and efficient railway operations. Via The FAA’s Pathfinder Program and based on a cooperative research and development agreement, BNSF has the distinct privilege of assisting the FAA in developing beyond line of sight (BLOS) capabilities and integration of BLOS automated aircraft into the NAS. Previous to her 4 years of employment at BNSF, she spent over 10 years of her career in the Aviation Industry working for NASA Armstrong, BAE Systems, and the Jet Propulsion Lab.

Drones in Infrastructure Inspection: An End-User’s Perspective


Chad Colby

Chad Colby

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.

Drones in Precision Agriculture: An End-User’s Perspective


Chan Ahn

Chan Ahn

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.

Working with the FAA on Construction Projects


Drones in Construction, Aggregates & Mining: An End-User’s Perspective


Charles Malveaux

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.

Drone Remote Sensing and the Case for Robotic Agriculture


Drones in Precision Agriculture: Cutting-Edge Technology


Chris Fleming

Chris Fleming

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.

Drones in Energy Inspection: Cutting-Edge Technology


Christopher Korody

Christopher Korody

The DroneBusiness.center (db.c), a marketing agency that is entirely focused on the UAV industry and the companies that serve it, is the next step in Chris’ career. He is applying his experience and industry knowledge for companies targeting B2B prospects with their products and services. Chris is building a multi-disciplinary team to work with companies who want to determine how to integrate drones into their business.

The db.c website is designed to be a competitive market intelligence resource. He writes critical commentary on a range of business issues that he hope enables visitors to connect the dots in this fast moving industry. Chris also produces Dronin’ On, a weekly newsletter with the stories and issues that he finds interesting.

FAA Regulations: The Latest Outlook


Colin Giles

Colin Giles

Colin joined the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in 1999 and was posted to Caledon Detachment, which is located about an hour North of Toronto, Ontario. He spent 15 years as a member of the Emergency Response Teams where he began to get exposed to UAS operations as the OPP began to investigate the technology. In 2016, the OPP expanded its commitment to the UAS technology and Colin was asked to coordinate the program Provincially.

The OPP has 15 deployed UAS and performed 370 operational calls for service in 2017.

Tips for Setting Up a Public Safety Program


Colin Guinn

Colin Guinn

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.

Developing the Next Generation of Drones – Technology and Manufacturing Insights


Craig Glover

Craig Glover

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.

Tips for Refining Your Drone Videography and Photography Skills


DJ Daugherty

DJ Daugherty

DJ has been using state models and asynchronous processing for many years to solve business problems for companies of all sizes, including a logistics software company responsible for the routing of trucks and a Web hosting company responsible for the handling of website malware detection, to large-scale financial electronic processing and natural gas logistics management.

He travels the technology and agile world alongside Pillar Technology Consultants and creates business solutions for business problems. He loves to take seemingly complex problems and find simple solutions, providing business value and hopefully a great return on investment.

DJ is a big fan of the under-rated vi editor and loves to eat, sleep, and breathe fly fishing and drones!

Scaling and Architecting Smart Embedded Software Teams for Large-Scale Autonomous Efforts


Dan Staley

Dan Staley

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.

UAVs and Remote Sensing for the Green Industry: What to Know Before You Start


Daniel Marek

Daniel Marek

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.

Actual Uses of UAVs by First Responders


Tips for Setting Up a Public Safety Program


Darshan Divakaran

Darshan Divakaran

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.

Drones in Infrastructure Inspection: An End-User’s Perspective


David Adjiashvili

David Adjiashvili

David is a co-founder and Chief Scientist of Drone Harmony, a software company dedicated to developing the advanced automated mission planning software for the industrial drone market. He is also senior scientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. His field of expertise is Algorithm Design and Mathematical Optimization.

David received his B.Sc. in computer science from the Tel Aviv University and his M.Sc. in applied mathematics from the Weizmann Institute of Science. He completed his Ph.D. in mathematics at the ETH Zurich in 2012 specializing on algorithm design for planning and optimization problems. He has since been employed in the Mathematics Department at ETH and worked on various research and industrial projects in the field of optimization. He co-founded Drone Harmony in 2016 and has since been responsible for algorithmic development of the Drone Harmony Mission Planner, the flagship product of the company.

Automated Workflows for Cell Tower Inspection and Their Benefits


David Bird

David Bird

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.

Do Drones Disturb Wildlife?


Derek Lyons

Derek Lyons

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.

Partnerships and the Future of the Commercial Drone Industry Landscape


Douglas Spotted Eagle

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.

Pre-Conference Workshop: Drone Videography


10 Drone Tips for Successful Videos


3D Mapping with UAS in Construction: Aircraft, Software, and Managing Data


UAV Post-Production


Night Flight Workshop – Theory Portion, Part I


Night Flight Workshop – Theory Portion, Part II


Dr. David Johnston

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.

Do Drones Disturb Wildlife?


Enrico Schaefer

Enrico Schaefer

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.

Pre-Conferece Workshop: Part 107 Training


Eric Hanscom

Eric Hanscom

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.

Intellectual Property for the UAV Industry: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights


Fiona Lake

Fiona Lake

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.

Tips for Refining Your Drone Videography and Photography Skills


Maximizing Still Photography Results


Gene Engelgau

Gene Engelgau

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.

Preview of Proposed Part 107 Flight Over People Parachute Recovery System Requirements


Gene Saunders Jr.

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.

Drones in Public Safety: Cutting-Edge Technology


Godfrey Nolan

Godfrey Nolan

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.

Counting Sheep with Drones and AI


Jaime Machuca

Jaime Machuca

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.

Using Ardupilot Open-Source Systems for Professional Precision Mapping


Drones in Precision Agriculture: Cutting-Edge Technology


Drones and the Power of Artificial Intelligence


Jan Gasparic

Jan Gasparic

Jan is Head of Enterprise Partnerships at DJI where he is an evangelist for the application of drone technology across a wide range of industries. Jan joined DJI in 2015 to lead business development and strategic partnership initiatives and since then has built a global network of solution partners that helped foster today’s drone ecosystem. Today, Jan drives DJI’s enterprise strategy in North America, working across industries and stakeholder groups to further the commercial adoption of drone technology and support the emerging ecosystem of developers and service providers whose businesses rely on DJI’s drone platforms.

Beijing-born but of European origin, Jan developed a passion for drone technology after years of tinkering with remote controlled airplanes and helicopters with his father. Jan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art (Honors) from Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, and a Masters in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University.

Partnerships and the Future of the Commercial Drone Industry Landscape


Jeff Sloan

Jeff Sloan

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.

Do Drones Disturb Wildlife?


Jennifer Wells

Jennifer Wells

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.

Drones in Infrastructure Inspection: An End-User’s Perspective


Jesse Stepler

Jesse Stepler

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.

Best Practices for Managing Enterprise Drone Programs


Jim Williams

Jim Williams

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.

Moving Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Forward: The Current Landscape


Moving Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Forward: The Future Landscape


John McDonald

John McDonald

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).

How Drones are Going to Change Real Estate Marketing and the Opportunities for UAV Operators in the Real Estate Market


Joshua Ziering

Joshua Ziering

Joshua is the Co-Founder of venture-backed Kittyhawk.io, a drone operations platform for commercial operators. He is also a founding member of the Unmanned Aviation Safety Team: an industry and government coalition to proactively address safety concerns in unmanned aircraft.

Prior to starting Kittyhawk, Josh flew all manner of model aircraft for 15 years. He has piloted everything from a 15 foot Taco Bell Chalupa Blimp to 40 pound 150cc aerobatic aircraft. As an accomplished flyer, Josh has flown professionally for the NHL, ABC Television and various manned-aviation airshows.

When not bending the sticks on model aircraft, Josh enjoys flying in experimental manned aircraft and is very (some would say TOO) close to completing his private pilot certificate.

Josh is a self-taught programmer with a flair for entrepreneurship. After studying Poetry at Arizona State, Josh started and sold several successful businesses.

Partnerships and the Future of the Commercial Drone Industry Landscape


Justin Strong

Justin Strong

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.

Case Study: How Drones, Data, and A.I. Redefine the Solar, Roofing, and Insurance Industries


Keenan Johnson

Keenan Johnson

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.

Best Practice for Safety-Critical Software


Keenan Newton

Keenan Newton

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.

Drones in Public Safety: An End-User’s Perspective


Successfully Deploying an UAS at a Public Safety Incident


Kent Adams

Kent Adams

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.

Working Together – Drones In Public Safety Mutual Aid Deployments


Drones in Public Safety: An End-User’s Perspective


Kevin Jenkins

Kevin Jenkins

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.

Small UAS Logic


Luisa Winters

Luisa Winters

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.

Introduction to Color Correction for Drone Cinema


Lydia Hilton

Lydia Hilton

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. Ms. Hilton 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.

FAA Regulations: The Latest Outlook


Mark Aitken

Mark Aitken

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).

Moving Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Forward: The Current Landscape


Mark McKinnon

Mark McKinnon

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.

State and Local Regulation of Unmanned Aircraft – What You Can and Can’t Do and How to Keep You Out of Trouble


Marke “Hoot” Gibson

Marke

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.

Moving Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Forward: The Current Landscape


Marty Scholl

Marty Scholl

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.

Harnessing the Power of Your Drone Data


Drones in Surveying and Mapping: An End-User’s Perspective


Matt Fanelli

Matt Fanelli

Matt is the Director for Strategy at Skyward, a Verizon company. He leads the company’s policy and regulatory efforts by working with the FAA on efforts such as Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) and on the recent Remote Identification and Tracking ARC as well as serving on numerous UAS committees.

Moving Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Forward: The Future Landscape


Matthieu Lefebvre

Matthieu Lefebvre

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.

Insights from Images: How Drones and Image-Based Mapping and analytics are Transforming the Mining Industry


Max Klein

Max Klein

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.

Counter-UAS (C-UAS) Solutions – When Drones are not Welcome


The Future of Chips and Sensors Powering Next-Gen Drones


Michael Blades

Michael Blades

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.

Counter-UAS (C-UAS) Solutions – When Drones are not Welcome


Partnerships and the Future of the Commercial Drone Industry Landscape


Michael Ritter

Michael Ritter

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.

Drones in Precision Agriculture: Cutting-Edge Technology


UAV Adoption on the Farm


Michael Uleski

Michael Uleski

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.

Pre-conference Workshop: UAS for Public Safety


Drones in Public Safety: An End-User’s Perspective


Miram McNabb

Miram McNabb

Miriam is editor-in-chief of DRONELIFE, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for commercial drones. She is a frequent speaker at drone industry events and writes for DRONELIFE on current news, financial trends, and FAA regulations. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies. She has worked in a variety of industries including finance, software, research, and non-profit. She is a principal at Spalding Barker Strategies, and offers consulting services for new and developing drone enterprises.

Miriam is also the CEO of JobForDrones.com, helping new commercial drone businesses find customers.

Drones and the Power of Artificial Intelligence


Patrick Saracco

Patrick Saracco

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.

Drones in Energy Inspection: An End-User’s Perspective


Patrick Sherman

Patrick Sherman

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.

Drones, Thermal Imaging and Emergency Response


Alternative Energy: New Power Sources


Paul McDuffee

Paul McDuffee

Moving Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Forward: The Future Landscape


Paul Wheeler

Paul Wheeler

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.

Utilizing UAS in Construction


Hybrid Surveying Methods Using LIDar and UAS to Achieve High-Precison Topographic Land Surveys


Drones in Infrastructure Inspection: An End-User’s Perspective


Phil Robinson

Phil Robinson

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.

Take Charge: Battery Life Innovations on the Horizon


Randall Warnas

Randall Warnas

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.

Using Thermal Imaging Drones for Solar Farm Inspection


Randy Ishikawa

Randy Ishikawa

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.

Flying Drones for Insurance Claims


Richard Lopez

Richard Lopez

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.

Drones in Construction Startup Kit


Drones in Construction, Aggregates & Mining: An End-User’s Perspective


Robert Blair

Robert Blair

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.

Spray Drones in Agriculture


Romeo Durscher

Romeo Durscher

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.

UAS in Public Safety: Where Are We Today?


Aerial Photography – What’s New and Hot and How To Stand Out


Drones in Public Safety: Cutting-Edge Technology


Sally French

Sally French

Sally is a journalist and the blogger behind TheDroneGirl.com. She works full-time as Social Media Editor for MarketWatch and cohosts a Web series on millennial personal finance for The Wall Street Journal.

Sally first got interested in drones through her work at the Missouri School of Journalism’s drone journalism program in its inaugural year.The first “drone journalism” she did was produce a video for NPR in which footage from a drone documents a prairie fire.

That wasn’t her first experience using atypical forms of photography. In 2012, she joined the NBC4 Los Angeles’ Investigative Team, where she did undercover reporting with hidden cameras to crack down on doctors giving away illegal medical marijuana prescriptions and a housing rental company that was cheating customers.

Her work has been published in major news outlets including CNN, The BBC, Forbes, The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Orange County Register.

How TV News Benefits from Drones


Scott Smith

Scott Smith

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.

Risk Management for Commercial Drone Operations


Sean Pribyl

Sean Pribyl

Sean is a senior associate with Blank Rome LLP in Washington, DC. He focuses his practice on maritime and international law, unmanned systems, environmental and regulatory compliance, and white collar criminal law. He is the co-leader of Blank Rome’s unmanned systems-drones industry team and advises clients in the use of unmanned systems in maritime and energy sectors, including autonomous vessels and drones. Prior to joining Blank Rome LLP, Sean served as a U.S. Coast Guard officer and lawyer (“JAG”) advising on maritime law and unmanned systems. He is also a licensed merchant mariner deck officer who served aboard commercial ships for eight years prior to law school. Sean holds a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Sean is a widely published author and a regular speaker on topics related to advanced automation. His article “Drones – Is the Maritime Industry Ready?” was the July 2016 cover article for Maritime Reporter, and his chapter on Regulating Drones in Maritime and Energy Sectors in the treatise “Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles” (2d ed.) evaluates the risks and benefits of drones in the domestic and international maritime and energy sectors under current jurisdictional, regulatory, and legal regimes. Currently, he serves on the AUVSI Unmanned Maritime Systems Advocacy Committee.

Drones and the Maritime Industry


Sezen Jones

Sezen Jones

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.

Drones in Public Safety: Cutting-Edge Technology


Sharon Rossmark

Sharon Rossmark

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.

The Future is Female – Women in the Drone Industry


Skip Fredricks

Skip Fredricks

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.

Tips for Refining Your Drone Videography and Photography Skills


Drones Over Hollywood: How to Get in on the Action


Suzanne Lemieux

Suzanne Lemieux

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 holds a Security+ certification. Prior experience includes over 6 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.

Drones in Energy Inspection: An End-User’s Perspective


Tim Haynie

Tim Haynie

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.

UAVs and Remote Sensing for the Green Industry: What to Know Before You Start


Timothy Bean

Timothy Bean

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.

Counter-UAS (C-UAS) Solutions – When Drones are not Welcome


Todd Chase

Todd Chase

Todd is an oil and gas industry expert on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that has helped define industry best practices for the technology’s safety, efficiency and regulatory compliance. He is responsible for developing and integrating UAS throughout Oceaneering’s global network of asset inspection and data management services. Todd came to Oceaneering from BP where he served as aviation safety advisor. While there, he helped found one of the industry’s UAS working groups, worked with other major oil and gas companies to evaluate, assess and issue recommended UAS procedures, and enabled BP to evaluate and manage risk through the successful launch of the world’s first commercial over-land UAS operations. Prior to BP, Todd held a number of positions at the 147 Reconnaissance Wing at Ellington Field JRB, and was most recently chief of safety and the organization’s primary advisor on UAS safety.

Todd has a bachelor of science degree in business management from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and also completed graduate-level study programs at the USAF Air Command and Staff College USAF Air War College and the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Aviation Safety and Security.

Drones in Energy Inspection: An End-User’s Perspective


Tony Sauerbrey

Tony Sauerbrey

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.

Pre-Conferece Workshop: Part 107 Training


Ty Audronis

Ty Audronis

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.

Inspection-Worthy 3D Models Using Photogrammetry


Wendy Erikson

Wendy Erikson

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.

The Future is Female – Women in the Drone Industry