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Jared BombergAssociate, Hogan Lovells

Jared Bomberg is an associate in Hogan Lovells’ Washington, D.C. office. His practice focuses on privacy and data security counseling related to the introduction of new products and services. Jared has assisted clients with emerging privacy and cybersecurity issues related to geo-location tracking, unmanned aircraft systems, connected-car technologies, student data privacy, workplace monitoring and Big Data tools. He also regularly advises clients on transactional matters involving personal data, record retention projects, website and mobile application privacy disclosures, as well as responses to data breach incidents and cybersecurity governance initiatives. Prior to joining the firm, Jared worked in the United States Senate for seven years, most recently as Counsel to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. In this capacity he provided advice to Senators and staff on privacy and data security legislation and e-commerce and consumer product matters. Jared drafted and negotiated numerous bills, led the development of dozens of Congressional hearings and advised on Committee investigations.

Josh OldsVP Operations, Unmanned Safety Institute / ARGUS

Josh Olds, is the Vice President of Operations and co-founder of the Unmanned Safety Institute® based in Orlando, FL. He has served in a variety of UAS operational roles operating and maintaining both fixed wing and rotorcraft Unmanned Aircraft Systems.  Josh holds his Master’s degree in Aeronautics with a specialty in educational technology and served on Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s faculty as an Assistant Professor.  Josh is a commercial pilot and certified airframe & power plant mechanic. His UAS operations have ranged from the private security sector as a shipboard pilot/maintainer for unmanned helicopters in the oil and gas industry to conducting education and scenario based training for the energy sector to managing commercial agricultural surveys over thousands of acres.  In his current role as Vice President of Operations, Josh manages day-to-day operations, including the Institute’s Training Services and Safety Assurance Divisions.

Davis HackenbergDeputy Project Manager, Integration for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration, National Airspace System (NAS) Project at Armstrong Flight Research Center, NASA

Davis Hackenberg is the currently serving as the Deputy Project Manager for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration in the National Airspace System (NAS) Project at Armstrong Flight Research Center. Davis performs his duties from the Washington DC metro area. The UAS Integration in the NAS Project is designed to eliminate technical and regulatory barriers that are limiting the ability for civil UAS to fly in the NAS. Davis is responsible for Integration with multiple government agencies ensuring that the products of this limited life NASA project are relevant and will be utilized by customers and stakeholders. Davis is also responsible for duties associated with strategy, planning, and execution of current and future NASA UAS related Projects.

Jason KlenklenTransmission Maintenance Supervisor, Westar Energy

Jason Klenklen coordinates and oversees asset management activities for high-voltage electric lines and utility assets. He has over a decade of service in the utility industry with a background in aviation. His team is responsible for overseeing work involving various transmission line (69kV and above) inspections, asset replacements, disaster recovery and maintenance. He has served as a manager for the startup of utility Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) programs and enterprise asset management systems while continuing to enhance the risk-based maintenance strategy for transmission lines.

Dave LaffertyFounder, Scientific Technical Services

With over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, David provides business development, sales support, project management and technology consulting for the oil and gas segment – with special emphasize in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). David has presented and published on a number of O&G technology related topics.

Prior to starting Scientific Technical Services, David was at the BP Chief Technology Office (CTO) where he spearheaded a wide range of innovative projects including:

  • Developing the “Digital Umbrella” concept and the resulting ISA100.15 effort
  • Wireless Measurements systems including WirelessHART, ISA100, corrosion and passive sensors
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Mobility projects

David has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.

Dyan GibbensFounder, Trumbull Unmanned

Dyan leads Trumbull, a Forbes Top 25 Veteran Founded company. Houston-based, Trumbull delivers critical data to the energy sector, primarily supporting oil and gas and environmental initiatives. Dyan studied engineering, instructed skydiving, and learned to fly at the Air Force Academy. While serving as an Acquisitions Office managing stealth nuclear cruise missiles, a type of unmanned aircraft, she earned her MBA. Dyan then managed Air Force One and Global Hawk UAS engineering and logistics. Her PhD research in UAS/drones, RFID, wireless systems, computer vision and the promotion of hydrocarbon sequestration from a UAV led Dyan to being recognized as an industry expert to include being selected as an SPE Distinguished Lecturer (2015-2016). In 2015, Fortune named Dyan as one of the women shaping the drone industry and in 2016 CNBC named Dyan an up-and-comer CEO, and Huffington Post Top Emerging Veteran Tech Founders of 2017.

Diana Marina CooperVP of Legal and Policy Affairs, PrecisionHawk

Diana is the Vice President of Legal and Policy Affairs at PrecisionHawk. Prior to joining PrecisionHawk, Diana developed and led the UAS and Robotics Practice Group at the law firm of LaBarge Weinstein.

Diana has presented on technology law issues at Stanford University, Columbia University, New York University and NASA. She is a legal contributor at Robohub and her articles have appeared in publications including Private Equity Manager, The Corporate Counsellor, The Lawyer’s PC and Linux Journal.

Diana has been quoted on regulatory issues surrounding drones by media outlets including Forbes, The New York Times, The Guardian, Popular Science, The Globe and Mail, CBC and NPR.

Jeff BreunigPrincipal, Navigation & Unmanned Aircraft Systems, MITRE Center For Advanced Aviation System Development

Mr. Jeff Breunig is a Principal at MITRE Corporation with over 25 years of aviation and transportation program management, and strategic planning experience with the FAA, DoD, NASA, and DHS. He provides expertise in the areas of aviation system planning, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology development, safety planning, and strategy development. He has worked in the development and implementation of numerous aspects of small UAS (sUAS) operations and technology. He is the Principal Investigator in the development of a risk based approach for the airworthiness of sUAS operations. Additionally, he supports the FAA’s UAS Near Term Implementation Pathfinder program in development of the approach for conducting operations over people. Mr. Breunig is a rated aviator and former USAF Flight Instructor and a licensed Unmanned Aircraft Pilot. He holds a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering, Advanced Transportation Systems, and an Air Transportation Systems Certification from Virginia Tech University.

David KovarFounder/CEO, Kovar Associates

On the UAV side, Mr. Kovar founded the practice of UAV forensics, consults on cybersecurity and computer forensics, operates a commercial UAV firm in New England, and works with a variety of SAR organizations on integrating UAVs into search & rescue and disaster response operations. He is also a rated pilot (single engine land and rotorcraft), sUAS pilot (fixed wing and quad copter) and ham radio operator.On the UAV side, Mr. Kovar founded the practice of UAV forensics, consults on cybersecurity and computer forensics, operates a commercial UAV firm in New England, and works with a variety of SAR organizations on integrating UAVs into search & rescue and disaster response operations. He is also a rated pilot (single engine land and rotorcraft), sUAS pilot (fixed wing and quad copter) and ham radio operator.

Jerry ByrumAviation Safety Inspector, Flight Standards Division, FAA

Jerry Byrum is an Aviation Safety Inspector serving as an All Weather Operations Program Manager (AWO) in the FAA Southwest Regional HQ Office in Fort Worth. His Inspector duties include Low Visibility Operations, Obstruction Evaluations/Airport Airspace Analysis, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) integration into the National Airspace System.

Inspector Byrum has BS and MS degrees in Meteorology from The University of Oklahoma. He is a retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel having served over 20 years as a pilot –both with the Air Force and Air National Guard. He also served as a pilot with American Airlines for 20 years, retiring as a Captain in 2006. He joined the FAA in 2006 in Seattle, WA. In 2010 he moved to the FAA Southwest Regional HQ in Fort Worth.

Travis MoranManaging Consultant, Navigant Consulting Inc.

Travis Moran is Managing Consultant is Navigant’s Risk Management, Compliance and Security Team focused on the physical protection of critical infrastructure assets from evolving threats, to include unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Prior to joining Navigant, Travis was the Senior Physical Security Specialist for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) where he was responsible for identifying, analyzing, and responding to electric sector threats to the North American power grid to enhance system reliability at all levels to include generation, transmission and distribution.

Prior to NERC’s E-ISAC, Travis served as a Senior Investigator for Dominion Energy in Dominion’s Substation Security Initiative identifying, analyzing, and responding to electric sector terrorism threats within Dominion’s footprint..

Travis is a retired law enforcement professional having served over 24 years in federal law enforcement most notably with U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the U.S. Department of State.

Bruce MartinEnterprise Security Director, Duke Energy

Bruce is the Managing Director of Enterprise Protective Services at Duke Energy. He is also a retired Special Agent from the US Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations. As an agent, he led and conducted felony criminal and counterintelligence and antiterrorism investigations. He has extensive physical security experience, leading and participating in numerous risk, threat, and vulnerability assessments throughout his career. Bruce retired from the Air Force after 21 years of service and began his career in the electricity sector at Carolina Power & Light (CP&L), and through a series of mergers, he worked in various leadership positions within Progress Energy and ultimately Duke Energy. As the Managing Director, Bruce is responsible for oversight and management of enterprise security operations (non-nuclear), physical security (regulated and non-regulated), Security officer/guard force management, emergency preparedness, business continuity, and regulatory compliance. He has been in the electric utility industry for approximately 17 years.

Harrison WolfUAS Policy & Safety Expert / Standards / Program Development, Wolf UAS LLC

Harrison Wolf is a leader in the field of Unmanned Aircraft System Safety & Risk Mitigation Strategies teaching at the University of Southern California, Aviation Safety & Security Program. He is the lead Instructor and developer for the SMS for Remotely Pilot Aircraft (RPA) course with USC and recently published the first safety focused UAS textbook entitled “Drones: Safety Risk Management for the Next Evolution of Flight” available on Amazon and his website. Harrison’s passion for technology policy and its effect on society is the core focus of his research and academic publications. Harrison is the President and Founder of Wolf UAS LLC; a UAS firm specializing in developing and maintaining ICAO/FAA compliant Safety Management Systems programs for UMS organizations. He is active in RTCA and ASTM standards groups; shepherding as Technical Chair the development of F317—8 Standard Practice for Operational Risk Assessment (ORA) of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems – published December 2016.

Richard MurphySenior Manager Corporate Aviation Services, Valero

Richard Murphy has worked in the Valero Corporate Aviation Department for 26 years starting as aircraft technician. He became Aircraft Maintenance Manager for a fleet of aircraft which included Cessna models 182, 425 and 750, Learjet models 35, 55 and 60 and Gulfstream models 450 and 550 aircraft. He transferred to contracts, budgets, finances, fleet planning and aircraft sales and purchases in 2011. He developed Valero’s processes and procedures for vetting fixed wing and rotorwing manned aircraft service providers and subsequent aviation operational standards contained in service agreements. Most recently he has taken those process and procedures and applied it to unmanned aircraft service providers.

Rodney GaddyVP Administrative Services, Duke Energy

Rodney Gaddy serves as vice president of administrative services for Duke Energy. In this role, he is responsible for the real estate, land services, aviation and support services organizations. He and his team provide innovative, collaborative and cost-effective solutions to promote efficiency, improve operating margins and enhance environmental stewardship across the company. Gaddy previously managed the company’s government and community relations group in North Carolina, a position he was named to following the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in July 2012. He assumed his current position in October 2012. Prior to the merger, Gaddy served as vice president of Progress Energy’s Northern Region, which included 16 counties in north-central North Carolina, from 2009 to 2012. He oversaw the electric distribution and customer service operations for more than 560,000 homes and businesses. Gaddy joined Progress Energy Florida (formerly Florida Power Corp.) in 1992 and served in several roles in the company’s legal department, including deputy general counsel. In 2000, he was named vice president of administration, with responsibility for the legal, human resources, corporate communications and corporate services departments at Progress Energy Florida. In 2002, he went on to become vice president of Progress Energy Florida’s South Coastal Region. From 2004 to 2009, Gaddy served as vice president of corporate services for Progress Energy. In that role, he was responsible for the company’s real estate, corporate security, environmental health and safety governance and risk management functions. Prior to joining Progress Energy, Gaddy was general counsel with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Gaddy chairs the board of trustees at Saint Augustine’s University and serves on the boards for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte and Child Care Resources Inc. He also serves on advisory boards for Wake Enterprises and the Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Gaddy earned a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Calvin RiebVice President, Helicopter & Unmanned Services, Prism Solutions

Calvin Rieb is the Vice President of Helicopter & Unmanned Services at PRISM, which is a subsidiary of ARGUS International. Mr. Rieb is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), who possesses over 14 years of aviation safety management expertise with real world experience in SMS from the DoD and commercial sector. Mr. Rieb has most notably been at the leading front of developing safety systems, safety software applications, documentation and planning for the safe integration of UAS operations into large corporations and government entities.

Mr. Rieb is a rated Army aviator with experience piloting the UH-60 and C-12 aircraft with deployments to the middle east. Prior to becoming a pilot Mr. Rieb worked as a UH60 Mechanic and managed the line at a small FBO. FAA Ratings include; Commercial and Instrument for Airplane Single / Multiengine and Helicopter, a Remote Pilot Certificate and a BE200 type rating. Today Mr. Rieb works with a wide array of UAS operators and enjoys flying the C-12 for the Army Guard part-time and fly’s DJI products as part of maintaining proficiency piloting drones.

Specialty areas include:

+ Experienced in implementation, documentation, maintaining and growing Safety Management Systems (SMS) in Aviation operations per ICAO and FAA requirements.
+ Lead Auditor trained and current with IS-BAO / IBAC auditor.

Stephen LuxionDeputy Director, ASSURE FAA Center of Excellence for UAS

Colonel (Retired) Stephen P. Luxion is the ASSURE (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence). Deputy Director, working from Mississippi State University’s Stennis Space Center Campus. Steve is responsible for the day-to-day administrative, financial and technical operations of ASSURE which serves as the Federal Aviation Administration’s Center of Excellence for UAS.

Lux is a 34 year US Air Force veteran with over 2,500 hours flying time in the F-111 Aardvark, MQ-1B Predator UAV; and the F-14A Tomcat and EA-6B Prowler while on exchange with the US Navy; including 700 hours combat time in operations over Iraq, Bosnia, and Afghanistan. For his combat efforts, Colonel Luxion was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor, 4 Air Metals, and 7 Aerial Achievement Medals.

Steve received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1984. Colonel Luxion commanded the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron, the nation’s first armed UAV squadron, the 608th Air Operations Group, the operations arm of the “Mighty Eighth,” and helped lead the establishment of NATO’s first Aerospace Center of Excellence. Steve retired from the US Air Force in 2014 from his last assignment at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach where he commanded the Reserve Officers Training Program.

Colonel Luxion is a distinguished graduate of both the USAF Fighter Weapons School and Air Command and Staff College. He is also a graduate of Master Degree programs from Embry-Riddle, the School of Advanced Airpower Studies, and the National War College.

Dr. Stacey LyleResearch Scientist, Texas A&M University, College of Geoscience

Dr. Stacey D. Lyle, RPLS is a Research Scientist at Texas A&M University, in the College of Geoscience. He also works consulting with Binkley and Barfield, Inc., and Joe Orr, a Baseline Corporation, on engineering and surveying consulting services in the commercial, residential, industrial, energy, and transportation industry. Dr. Lyle is a former Team Lead in the Geomatics Team heading up the Surveying and Positioning defined practices for BP’s Lower48 division. Prior to coming to BP, he was an Associate Professor in the College of Engineering and Science at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi teaching Geomatics and Geospatial Surveying Engineering. Dr. Lyle started his UAV career working as GPS and Photogrammetric Specialist with Leica Geosystems in Heerbrugg Switzerland. He helped establish UAV research at TAMU-CC with his FAA CoA, his NASA Locally Launched Rocket direct georeferencing photogrammetry system, and he currently is developing an open-source UAV and GPS online processing solution for use in the Energy industry. He has over 50 peer reviewed and selected publications and is a former NASA Faculty Fellow, USDA Faculty Fellow, IOGP Geomatics Land Survey Sub-Committee member, and United Nations – Global Geospatial Information Management Energy Delegate.

Christopher KorodyFounder, DroneBusiness.center

An award winning writer, director and producer Christopher Korody has been involved in marketing new concepts and products since 1974. This experience gives him a unique perspective into how companies evaluate and adopt new technology.

Christopher is the publisher of https://dronebusiness.center and the editor of Dronin’ On, a highly regarded weekly newsletter offering analysis and commentary about the commercial drone industry. He is a Contributor/Advisor at Skylogic Research.

In 2016 Christopher moderated panels at four industry conferences focusing on investment and safety. He has been interviewed by a number of the UAV industry’s leading publications and podcasts.

Christopher holds a Masters in Instructional Design from the University of Southern California.

For additional information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherkorody

Follow him @dronewriter

Marke Hoot GibsonSenior Advisor, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration, FAA

Marke Gibson Senior Advisor on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration (ADA-3) to the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. Gibson is responsible for providing executive direction and high level leadership to the FAA with responsibility for oversight of the work related to UAS.

Prior to joining the FAA Gibson served as the Executive Director of the NextGen Institute (NGI). Before joining the NGI Gibson served as the President and CEO of a highly successful aerospace consulting practice in Colorado. He retired in 2011 as the Air Force’s Director of Current Operations and Training.

Major General Gibson earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Management from the United States Air Force Academy. He also received a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the National War College. He completed a national security fellowship with Syracuse University and trained in lean six-sigma management through the University of Tennessee.

Christine AsaroProject Advisor, UAS Program, San Diego Gas & Electric

Christine Asaro began her employment with San Diego Gas & Electric in March 2002. In her 15 years of employment she has held many roles and is currently the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Project Advisor for SDG&E. In her role as UAS project advisor which she began in June 2013, she was part of the team who was the first in the nation to gain FAA airspace to test small UASs for commercial operations. Later that year, the team was granted FAA Section 333 approval which would allow SDG&E to use small UAS in their day to day operations as seen fit, in certain airspaces. Christine was successful in gathering 21 use cases, companywide, where small UASs could be utilized as an everyday tool. She also assisted in field testing various systems to ensure the correct small UAS were purchased. Today, Christine is currently a FAA remote pilot for small unmanned aircraft systems as well as a systems trainer with SDG&E Aviation Services department.

Steven FargoCEO, DataWing

Steven is a founder and CEO of DataWing Global, a company dedicated to helping organizations integrate drones into routine operations. Steven is also a decorated military officer and fighter pilot instructor with over 14 years of successively challenging leadership roles and over 2,000 hours of flight time in the F-16. His expertise led to the rapid expansion of DataWing’s nationwide service to Fortune 500 companies in the insurance, telecom, energy, and construction verticals.

Todd ChaseGlobal Unmanned Systems Program Manager, Oceaneering

Todd Chase 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 assisted 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 Aviation Safety and Security program.

Mitch DrozCommercial Development Manager, Puget Sound Energy

Mitch Droz is the Commercial Development Manager for Washington State’s largest Investor Owned Utility, Puget Sound Energy. His eight years of experience in the power utility industry has involved both the financial and operations side of the utility business. His role in developing an internal drone program and establishing a capital business case program brings a helpful skill set to this conference.

In 2016, he submitted a business case that received funding to establish transmission LiDAR drone capabilities at PSE. This involved development of operations, training of pilots, and establishing contractors to support use cases. During the development of PSE’s drone program he became a FAA Remote Pilot Certificate and has been the pilot in command for both fixed-wing and multi-rotor missions. In addition to running the drone program, his duties include reviewing integrated resource proposals and emerging technology to meet energy needs and positively impact PSE and its customers.

Mitch earned his MBA from the University of Washington Bothell, and B.S. in Construction Management from Central Washington University. Prior to his work in power utilities, he worked in construction management for commercial and residential projects in the Seattle area.

Mike TullyPresident & CEO, Aerial Services Inc.

Mike Tully is the President & CEO of Aerial Services, Inc. located in the heartland of Iowa. He is a certified photogrammetrist and GIS-professional, holds a MS in Forestry, and an Masters in Business Administration. Mike has been leading this company and writing about the remote sensing and mapping profession for two decades. He is a technologist, and innovator and thinker, and is the head of “Getting Right Things Done Well” at Aerial Services.

Simon MorrisCOO, ALTUS Intelligence

Simon joined the Royal New Zealand Air Force straight out of school and entered as a pilot. After a tenure here he went on to build his hours in the civilian flying world, sitting his Commercial Pilot’s Licence theory, instrument and turbine ratings. Along the way he got distracted and went to University and completed a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Spanish. Partway through his tertiary study Simon joined the Army and diversified into the Geospatial and Intelligence arena. He served two tours in Afghanistan in support of Special Forces and after 7 years in this role, and another year contracting to the Air Force, he left the military for good. At this time he diversified into forestry as a GIS specialist. Since then, he has since built up over 8 years of commercial UAV experience, focused mainly on flying, data processing and analysis.

His current position of COO sees him overseeing all sales and marketing activities, flying and training operations.

Ryan FuselierOperations Leader-AT, C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates

Ryan Fuselier as a Registered Professional Civil Engineer and Professional Land Surveyor brings over twenty years of surveying and engineering experience in the Oil and Gas Industry to his role as Advanced Technologies (AT) leader. Mr. Fuselier works to develop innovative applications in the vertical markets of laser scanning, dimensional control and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) systems. Mr. Fuselier is responsible for seeking out new technologies and developing ways to incorporate these into existing services to enhance client deliverables.

Joerg LamprechtCEO & Co-Founder, Dedrone

Joerg Lamprecht is one of Germany’s most successful company founders. His current company Dedrone has developed the world’s first multi-sensor system for the detection of non-military drones. In 1996, while studying mathematics and computer sciences at the University of Kassel, Lamprecht set up his first company, Only Solutions GmbH. One of the products it developed was the first search engine for pictures on the internet, which was used – among other things – to trace missing children. Only Solutions was later renamed Cobion and now belongs to IBM. In 2006, Lamprecht founded Qitera, a search engine that influences the search results of its user’s own social presence. In 2011, Lamprecht founded Aibotix, a company that produces unmanned aircraft for professional use by surveyors and engineers. Aibotix was sold to the Hexagon group from Sweden in February 2014.

Ron SmithCEO, Deep Down, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer and Director Mr. Smith co-founded Deep Down in 1997 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer, President and Director since December 2006. Prior to December 2006, Mr. Smith was Deep Down’s President. Mr. Smith graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Ocean Engineering in 1981. Mr. Smith worked both onshore and offshore in management positions for Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company (ODECO), Oceaneering Multiflex, Mustang Engineering and Kvaerner before founding Deep Down. Mr. Smith’s interests include all types of offshore technology, nautical innovations, state of the art communications, diving technology, hydromechanics, naval architecture, dynamics of offshore structures, diving technology and marketing of new or innovative concepts. Mr. Smith is directly responsible for the invention or development of many innovative solutions for the offshore industry, including the first steel tube flying lead installation system.”

John FergusonCEO, Saxon Remote Systems

John Ferguson has more than 25 years of experience in the field of remote system technology. Ferguson is a former US Marine and Gulf War veteran, commercial diver and submersible vehicle pilot (ROV) who has taken Saxon Remote System global. He holds a provisional patent on remote subsea technology and is the author of the Kansas UAS (SkyCentral) training manual, currently taught at Central Christian College Joint Venture “Sky Central.” Ferguson is formerly the President of the Consortium For Unmanned Systems for the State of Kansas.

Benjamin BenharroshCo-Founder, Delair-Tech

After graduating the Polytechnique School in France, Benjamin Benharrosh worked for five years in Construction and Energy and operation both for the Administration and the Private Sector. He decided to create Delair-Tech in March 2011 with 3 other partners in order to provide a solution for industrial infrastructure monitoring and surveillance using drones. Delair-Tech is now a european leader in the drone industry with more than $25M that have been raised, distributors in 100 countries and offices in Toulouse, Paris, Sydney and Los Angeles. Benjamin is now in charge of developing the business in the US for Delair-Tech. Benjamin is also co-founder and ex-member of the Board of the French Federation of Civilian UAV (FPDC).

Steven WilliamsDirector of Operations and Strategic Development, TEEX: Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service

Steven T. Williams is currently the Director of Operations and Strategic Development for the Integrative Center for Homeland Security (ICHS) and the National Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Credentialing Program (NUASCP) at Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service. In his current role at ICHS, Steve is responsible for the strategic outcomes related to homeland security integration across the TEEX organization as well developing new programs and initiatives. His role at the NUASCP is providing 3rd Party Vetting for sUAS service providers nationwide for state/county/municipal agencies and major industry leaders in the fields of oil and gas, energy, telecommunications, surveying, precision agriculture as well as others. This includes the development, delivery and establishment of training and credentialing programs through various Cooperative Learning Centers across the United States and Internationally.

He has been with TEEX since July 2015 and prior to coming to TEEX, he was the Associate Director of Strategic Operations and Plans at Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training for almost fifteen years. Prior to joining NCBRT, he served as police chief, district attorney’s chief investigator, and undersheriff. Additionally, Steve was Director of Public Safety and acting city manager for a suburb of Oklahoma City during the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building domestic terrorist act, in which his community provided assistance to Oklahoma City. With extensive law enforcement and public safety experience, Steve has also served on several national and state committees and boards, instructed courses, and developed training programs in the public safety arena.

Jacob VelkyManager Unmanned Aerial Systems, Duke Energy

Currently, Jacob serves as Manager of Unmanned Aerial Systems within the Duke Energy Aviation Services organization, responsible for the safe integration of UAS technology at Duke Energy. Prior to this role, Jacob worked as a Strategic Demand Planner within the Duke Energy Supply Chain Strategy organization, focused on Inventory Optimization. Jacob has previously work within Duke Energy’s Aviation Services holding a dual role, serving as an Aviation Associate working on aircraft fleet strategies and as a CoPilot on both the Hawker 800XP and Falcon 2000LX aircraft. Jacob earned his B.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and his MBA from Wake Forest University

Landon PhillipsCOO, DataWing Global

Landon is co-founder and COO of DataWing Global. Landon is also a decorated fighter pilot with several thousand hours in the A-10, and a military officer with 14 years of experience. He is a certified flight safety officer, holds a civilian commercial pilot license, and has flown all over the world in various operations. Prior to DataWing, Landon was an Operations Manager for Amazon.com where he was a subject matter expert on Kiva robotic systems and instrumental in successfully launching a new fulfillment center housing over 2.5 million units of inventory valued at over $200 million. Landon’s immediate focus is managing a team of professional aviators and scientists conducting aerial data collection and data analytics for numerous commercial industries. Landon is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy.

Catherine BramlettUAS Program, Operations Manager, BNSF Railway

Catherine Bramlett has worked for the Railroad industry for the past 7 years, most currently as the UAS Operations Manager for BNSF Railway.  Prior to working for the rail, Catherine was ingrained in the Aviation industry working for BAE Systems, JPL (Jet Propulsion Lab) and NASA Armstrong in various project management roles.  She has supported projects such as the Orion test program and the Combined Avionics Test Bed for the F-35 program.

Catherine holds a Master’s Degree from Embry Riddle in Aeronautical Science.  She is a certified Project Management (PMP) Professional and a SAFe Program Consultant (SPC).

Jay ForteVice President Operations, Sky-Futures

Jay graduated from the Air Force Academy with a Mechanical Engineering degree (Class of 98’). He spent eight years active duty where he achieved the level of Evaluator Pilot in both the Lear-35 and EC-130 Hercules. Jay has 2500 hours in manned aircraft, 5,000 hours in unmanned aircraft, and is currently a Lt Col in the TX Guard where he operates the MQ-1B Predator UAS as an Instructor Pilot.

Between 2012 and 2014 he worked as an offshore engineer for Baker Hughes.

Currently Jay is the Sky-Futures’ VP Operations for North and South Americas. Sky-Futures uses small UAVs to do visual inspections of oil and gas infrastructure both on and off shore.

Suzanne LemieuxUAS Lead and Manager, API

Ms. Suzanne Lemieux 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, crisis management, security policy, maritime 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. Ms. Lemieux previously worked for more than 5 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. Ms. Lemieux 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. Ms. Lemieux 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. Ms. Lemieux 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.

Hector UbinasUAS Program Lead / Aviation Safety Advisor, SDG&E (San Diego Gas & Electric)

Hector Ubiñas joined SDG&E in September 2016 and has been overseeing the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program since starting with the company. In this role, Hector is responsible for the daily operations of the UAS program and continuing to develop new work methods for its application in the utility industry. Prior to SDG&E, Hector served as a pilot in the United States Navy flying MH-60 Knighthawk helicopters and the T-34 Turbomentor trainer aircraft. Hector deployed 3 times to the Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific theaters during his active military service conducting a variety of missions including aeromedical evacuation, search and rescue, and maritime security patrols. During his most recent deployment, he was in charge of air traffic control onboard the USS New Orleans. He also developed operating procedures for integrating manned aircraft with the Scan Eagle UAS in the maritime control environment. Hector also dedicated three years as a military flight instructor training newly commissioned officers and managing procedures standardization and organizational production goals. Hector continues to serve in the Navy with a Reserve air operations unit in San Diego, CA. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Ocean Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and a Master’s of Science in Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Chuck JohnsonCEO, Global Integrator of UAS

Mr. Chuck Johnson is the President and CEO at Global Integrator of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (GIUAS), which he founded in October 2014. GIUAS’ mission is to elevate global UAS possibilities through proven strategic and technical guidance. Mr. Johnson retired from NASA in October 2014, as the Senior Advisor for Unmanned and Autonomous Systems. From 2010-2013, he was the manager of the UAS Integration in the NAS Project – a $160M effort to integrate UAS into the NAS. Prior to that Mr. Johnson was the partnership manager between NASA and the FAA at NASA Headquarters. Mr. Johnson’s aviation career began as an air traffic controller with the FAA. From 1982-1993, he was a controller, supervisor, and requirements manager at Brown Field, Ontario TRACON, Los Angeles TRACON, and FAA Headquarters. Mr. Johnson spent approximately five years at MIT Lincoln Labs doing human factors research before returning to federal service in 1999. Mr. Johnson is a veteran of the U.S. Army, and has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from San Diego State University.

Lisa EllmanPartner, Hogan Lovells & Co-Executive Director Commercial Drone Alliance

Lisa co-chairs the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice, a group dedicated to helping businesses succeed in the dynamic UAS marketplace. Lisa counsels businesses and trade groups on UAS issues in industries ranging from news gathering and television production, to aerial photography and energy, to precision agriculture and insurance, to higher education, drones technology, and construction — and everything in between.

Will ColdwellResearch & Development Director, Consortiq

Will definitely understands risk – his time in the military and working as a qualified game ranger in Africa means he is more than used to being in pressured and dangerous situations.

As well as being a qualified airline pilot, Will has a BSc in Agriculture and Business Management from Newcastle University. His military background gave him lots of valuable experience in designing and delivering high-quality training courses. During his times in the airlines, Will’s

particular area of interest and study was human error, and the ‘human contribution’ to any given system. He hopes to continue this area of interest into the UAV sector, especially as it overlaps into high risk environments.

Carl HerronSenior Manager Physical Security Analysis, NERC- Electric Information Sharing and Analysis Center(E-ISAC)

Carl Herron is currently the Senior Manager Physical Security Analysis, at NERC- Electric Information Sharing and Analysis Center(E-ISAC).  Previously served as the Principal Physical Security Advisor for CIP-014-2, at NERC.  Also served as the Security Manager at the Georgia Dome and retired from the FBI after twenty-seven years of service.

Sean PribylAssociate, Blank Rome LLP

Sean T. Pribyl is an Attorney with Blank Rome LLP in Washington, D.C. He focuses his practice on maritime and international law, unmanned systems, regulatory and environmental compliance, and white collar criminal law. He is the co-leader of Blank Rome’s Unmanned Systems-Drones Industry Group. Sean recently con- tributed the chapter entitled “Regulating Drones in Maritime and Energy Sectors” to the Second Edition of the Handbook of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (In Press), and his article “Drones: Is the Maritime In- dustry Ready” was featured on the cover of the July 2016 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Sean served for six years as a U.S. Coast Guard officer and judge ad- vocate (“JAG”), advising on legal and policy matters related to maritime law, international law, maritime security, and unmanned systems. He is also a licensed merchant mariner who worked aboard cargo and fiber optic cable 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.