Speakers

DRONE FOCUS CONFERENCE 2019 SPEAKERS

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Stay tuned for information on our 2019 speakers. If you or someone you know is interested in being a speaker at Drone Focus Conference, feel free to get in touch with us by emailing dronefocus@emergingprairie.com.

Drone Focus Conference is seeking industry leaders, trailblazers and entrepreneurs to provide the most relevant and timely information to attendees. Speakers may include founders, thought leaders, executive level team members and engineers actively working on technology developments. Presentation topics and areas of focus include:

  • Autonomous vehicles (cars, tractors, underwater systems, etc.)
  • Sensors and hardware
  • Software for all unmanned systems (UAS, UAV, UUV, UGS)
  • IoT, artificial intelligence, data analytics
  • Legality of unmanned systems
  • Infrastructure

Current Speaker Lineup

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Tyler Sautter

Tyler Sautter

Topic: Large UAS Platforms

Tyler Sautter is a UAS Operations Expert for AVIAN LLC. He has years of experience in the operations of UAV’s from Group 1 – Group 3. Tyler fielded the first military UAS system in the state of Colorado in 2008 and immediately deployed with that system to Baghdad, Iraq. Upon returning, Tyler attended and graduated from the U.S. Army’s Instructor Pilot school and went to work for Textron Systems as a lead Standardization Pilot. During his work with Textron Systems, he went to Iraq as a civilian contractor, running standardization programs for GOCO (Government owned, Civilian operated) sites in direct support of Joint Special Operations Command. In 2011 Tyler took a position as a Sr. Training Instructor with General Dynamics at the U.S. Army’s UAS National Training Center in Ft. Huachuca, AZ. Tyler entered the UAS commercial market in 2015 writing training programs for commercial UAS manufacturers as well as managing a team of UAS instructor pilots while delivering training over 6 continents. In 2017 he joined the Avian LLC team to assist in building a commercial UAS services division. He currently works for Avian as a commercial technical advisor, and operational pilot.

Tony Fernando

Tony Fernando

Topic: TBD

Tony Fernando joined the Aviation Safety and Enforcement section of the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT)’s Office of Aeronautics as the UAS Program Administrator in June of 2018. He previously developed the UAS program for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission where he was an Assistant District Biologist. He has worked as a commercial pilot in Alaska and conducted fisheries management research in both the United States and Canada.

Tom Nickell

Tom Nickell

Topic: TBD

Shawn Bullard

Shawn Bullard

Topic: Urban Air Mobility

Shawn Bullard is a Capitol Hill-based strategist, registered lobbyist and highly sought-after unmanned systems thought leader. His specialty is drafting federal policy around emerging technologies that are extremely disruptive. Over a career span of three decades, he has served as vice president of government relations for one of the oldest PR firms in the nation, and as a senior congressional staffer to a long-serving member of the House Armed Services Committee and Transportation Committee. Throughout his career he has had the pleasure to collaborate with some of the most recognizable brands and CEOs on the planet. He has served on multiple boards, including the Royal Aeronautical Society Board (DC Branch), the National Press Club’s Board of Governors, as SkySpecs’ advisory board chairman and as an advisor to the dean on the Schar School of Policy and Government’s national alumni board. He also has delivered a SXSW talk in Austin on the emerging drown revolution, is the producer and co-host of Inside Unmanned Systems’ Drone Beat and earned a Masters degree from the Schar School of Policy and Government.

Senator John Hoeven

Senator John Hoeven

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On January 5, 2011, John Hoeven was sworn in as North Dakota’s 22nd U.S. Senator, following ten years of service as the state’s governor. Senator Hoeven’s priorities in the Senate include working to implement national policies similar to the ones driving North Dakota’s economic success. He is committed to creating a business climate that fosters job growth and robust economic activity. Equally important to the senator are measures to reduce the nation’s budget deficits and debt. He believes a commonsense approach that fosters free enterprise and empowers people to innovate and invest will strengthen our national economy and create jobs for our country in a sustainable, ongoing way. As a senator, Hoeven has been leading efforts to develop a comprehensive national energy plan similar to North Dakota’s EmPower North Dakota, a comprehensive plan that encourages an all-of-the-above approach to development and includes both traditional and renewable resources. Hoeven believes such an approach will lead to jobs, economic growth and true energy security for America. The senator’s work includes serving as the leading advocate for approving the Keystone XL pipeline and advancing measures that will eliminate outdated and unnecessary regulations that are prolonging the approval process and discouraging investment and innovation. In addition, as a member of both the Agriculture Committee and the conference committee that negotiated the 2014 final farm bill, Hoeven played a crucial role in crafting and passing a long term farm bill that provides the nation’s producers with the certainty they need to plan for the future, as well as new tools to manage risk with enhanced crop insurance. The senator continues to work to make sure the farm bill is implemented in a timely and effective way. Prior to his election to the Senate, Senator Hoeven served as governor of North Dakota for a decade. Under his leadership, the state expanded and diversified its economy and gained thousands of new jobs. North Dakota’s wages and personal income today continue to grow faster than the national average, and in recent years the state has led the nation in export growth. North Dakota regularly balances its budget, has set aside more strong reserves for the future, cut taxes, and invested in priorities like education, law enforcement and infrastructure. As governor, Hoeven also placed a strong focus on developing North Dakota’s vast energy resources. Beginning in 2002, he initiated EmPower ND, a comprehensive energy plan for the state that includes all energy resources as well as a conservation component. Today, North Dakota stands as an energy powerhouse and one of the largest energy producing and exporting states in the nation. Currently, North Dakota produces more than one million barrels of oil a day and ranks as the second largest oil-producing state in the country. Senator Hoeven was born in Bismarck. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 1979 and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University in 1981. He served as executive vice president of First Western Bank in Minot from 1986 to 1993, and...

Matt Rohlik

Matt Rohlik

Topic: TBD

Kevin Switick

Kevin Switick

Topic: TBD

Kevin Switick, president of AVIAN, is a former U.S. Naval Test Pilot School instructor. A 20-year Navy veteran, he was a test pilot and attack helicopter pilot. From 1999 to 2002, he was assigned to the Navy’s Warfare Concepts Development Department as the UAS Concept Development Lead working on a tiered unmanned air vehicle (UAV) warfighting concept that was previously studied by the U.S. Navy’s Strategic Studies Group (SSG). This concept was analyzed during the 2001 Global Wargame and the 2002 Fleet Battle Experiment, and lead to the development of the current Navy and Marine Corps unmanned systems of today.

Karen DiMeo

Karen DiMeo

Topic: Urban Air Mobility

Prior to joining AiRXOS, Karen was the Senior Technical UAS Advisor at the FAA’s Office of the Deputy Administrator where she provided technical expertise to support the oversight of strategic plans for the agency’s enterprise-level UAS initiatives, integration progress, and scientific and research activities. She also served as a leading expert in UAS research at the FAA. For the last 12 years, Karen has focused her professional passion solely on the advancement of unmanned systems.

Jonathan Nutzati

Jonathan Nutzati

Topic: TBD

John Nowatzki

John Nowatzki

Topic: Future of UAS Applications in Field Crops – Sensors and UAVs

Mr. Nowatzki coordinates the NDSU Extension agricultural machinery systems educational program. Subject matter areas include agricultural machinery, precision agriculture, agricultural chemical application technology, and UAS and remote monitoring applications to farming. Nowatzki regularly delivers educational presentations on various precision agriculture topics including farm data management, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), LiDAR applications, and variable rate fertilization of field crops. Mr. Nowatzki also conducts applied research collaborating with others NDSU faculty. Recent research topics include UAS applications for agriculture, variable rate fertilization, optical sensors for in-season fertilization, and soil compaction. He is a principal coordinator for the annual Precision Ag Summit in Jamestown.

Guy Nelson

Guy Nelson

Topic: TBD

He served as the operations officer and chief instructor for Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle 2 (VMU-2) employing the RQ-7B and RQ-21A in support worldwide operations. Before joining the Marine Corps, Nelson attended Lewis University where he graduated with a BS in Aviation Flight Management and earned his commercial pilot license. He currently resides in Eastern North Carolina with his wife, daughter, and son.

Dan Stamm

Dan Stamm

Topic: Counter UAS Panel

Mr. Stamm is approaching two decades in the military defense industry. Starting his career as a mechanical engineer, he has excelled in defense technology development as he progressed through the roles of senior systems engineer, project manager, and program director at some of the United States’ most renowned defense contractors. Mr. Stamm is a leading expert in C-UAS systems, technologies, and products. He has been working in the field for more than five years and helped to define the commercial UAS countermeasure market. He has been engaged in all aspects of C-UAS technology ranging from concept creation to program management through business development. Mr. Stamm has had the honor of working closely with some of the U.S.’s most elite Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines through his work in the defense industry. He has four patents and multiple trade secrets for sophisticated defense technology, the details of which are often classified. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University and an MBA from Ohio University.

Brian Wynne

Brian Wynne

Topic: TBD

Brian Wynne is president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. AUVSI represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in business and government and who work in the defense, civil, and commercial markets. Wynne is an influential unmanned systems industry thought leader. In 2017, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to a three-year term on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Management Advisory Council (MAC), which provides counsel to the FAA on policy and regulatory matters, as well as the agency’s management and spending. He is also a member of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC), a federal advisory committee of key decision makers formed by the FAA to support the safe introduction of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace.

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