We’re Speaking At The UAS Summit

by | Aug 25, 2015 | News & Events | 0 comments

The UAS industry is in the midst of an economic and technological evolution. The 9th annual UAS Summit and Expo—set in Grand Forks, North Dakota, near the heart of some of the most prominent U.S. UAS activity currently happening—is set to showcase and explain the evolution of UAVs while revealing the current state of the commercial UAS industry.

Join UAS Magazine, industry leaders, UAV manufacturers, payload providers, designers, and commercial operators at the one UAS event of the year that can combine previous event success with the most important insight of today’s UAS world. The UAS Summit and Expo will combine the perspective of regional UAS personnel with the regulatory insight of national UAV entities all while offering attendees a glimpse into the commercial realities and major economic opportunities and possibilities present in the most exciting growth space in North America.

UAS Summit Agenda

Monday, September 21st

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8:00 am – 8:15 am Welcoming Remarks, UAS Overview

  • Luke Geiver, Editor, UAS Magazine
8:15 am – 8:20 am Sponsor Remarks
8:20 am – 8:45 am UAS Policymaking: North Dakota and Beyond

  • John Hoeven, U.S. Senator, North Dakota
8:45 am – 9:10 am Lessons Learned from the UAS State

  • Heidi Heitkamp, U.S. Senator, North Dakota (Tentative)
9:10 am – 9:35 am UAS Perspectives from the Hill

  • Kevin Cramer, U.S. Representative, North Dakota
9:35 am – 9:45 am Executive UAS Commentary

  • Delore Zimmerman, Executive Director, Red River Valley Research Corridor
9:45 am – 10:00 am Leading the Grand Forks Air Force Base UAS Expansion

  • Colonel Rodney Lewis, Commander, 319th Air Base Wing, Grand Forks Air Force Base
10:00 am – 10:30 am Refreshment Break
Ballroom 5
10:30 am – 10:55 am UAS in the Arctic
Ballroom 5

  • Admiral Bill Gortney, Commander, North American Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command (Invited)
10:55 am – 11:15 am Canadian Artic Operations Evolution
Ballroom 5

  • Darach McDonnell, Project Manager, Canada Department of National Defence
11:15 am – 11:30 am Executing Science Driven UAS Arctic Research
Ballroom 5

  • Mike Corcoran, Business Development Manager, Defense & Remote Sensing Programs, Energy & Environmental Research Center
11:30 am – 2:00 pm Lunch
Ballroom Pre-Function
11:30 am – 2:00 pm Fly-Zone UAV Demonstrations (Learn More)

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Demonstrator: CyclopsNoon – 12:30 pm
Demonstrator: SkySkopes
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Commercialized UAV Applications in Action
Ballroom 5

  • Al Frazier, Deputy Sheriff, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit, Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department
    Law Enforcement Utilization
  • Al Pizzica, VP of Strategic Programs, American Aerospace Technologies
    Pipeline Infrastructure Monitoring and Inspection
  • Bill Piedra, CEO, Flying Robots LLC
    Emergency Response with Project Ryptide
  • Mike Tully, President & CEO, Aerial Services Inc.
    Aerial Surveying with Value
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Commercialized UAV Applications in Action
Ballroom 5

  • Matt Dunlevy, President, Sky Skopes
    Aerial Videography: From Startup to Proven Entity
  • John Nowatzki, Researcher, North Dakota State University
    Precision Ag in Practice
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Ballrooms 1-4

Tuesday, September 22nd

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7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast
Ballroom Pre-Function
8:00 am – 8:10 am Welcome & Opening Remarks
Ballroom 5

  • Luke Geiver, Editor, UAS Magazine
Manufacturers Message    Ballroom 5
8:15 am – 8:45 am The State of the UAS Industry

  • Mario Mairena, Senior Government Relations Manager, Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International
8:45 am – 9:10 am The Global UAS Perspective

  • Doug Davis, Director of Airworthiness, Northrop Grumman
9:10 am – 9:35 am Training for the Future: UAS Pilots

  • Dan Fritz, Director of International Programs, Aircraft Systems, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
9:35 am – 10:00 am Making the Commercial Leap: From Military to Civilian Markets

  • David Phillips, Vice President, Textron Systems, Small- and Medium-Endurance UAS
10:00 am – 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
Ballrooms 1-4
10:30 am – 10:55 am Building the Leading UAS Test Site
Ballroom 5

  • Robert Becklund, Executive Director, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
10:55 am – 11:10 am Navigating the UAS Test Site Options
Ballroom 5

  • Edgar Nebot, President & CEO, CYCLOPS Technologies
11:10 am – Noon UAS Operations Beyond Visual Line Of Sight
Ballroom 5

  • Doug Olsen, Project Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence, University of North Dakota
  • Tom Vogl, Project Engineer, Rockwell Collins
Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch in the Expo
Ballrooms 1-4
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Panels

Major UAS Legal Issues Explained
Ballroom 5

  • Moderator: Shawn Bullard, President, Duetto Group LLC & ND Test Site Lead Policy Advisor
  • Lisa Ellman, Partner, Co-Chair UAS Group, Hogan Lovells
    The Point on UAS Privacy
  • Jeffrey Antonelli, Founder, Antonelli Law
    Navigating the 333 Exemption Process
  • Donald Chance Mark Jr., Founder, Fafinski, Mark and Johnson Law Firm
    Understanding UAS Insurance in 2015
  • Courtney Bateman, Counsel, Reed Smith LLP
    Aviation, FAA and the Changing UAS Landscape

Dealing with the Data

  • Moderator: Luke Geiver, Editor, UAS Magazine
  • Jesse Kallman, Director of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs, Airware Inc.
    Becoming the Windows OS for Drones
  • Doug McDonald, Director of Special Products, Unmanned Applications Institutue International
    Developing Data Processing Offerings
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Refreshment Break in the Expo
Ballrooms 1-4
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Panels

Cutting Edge UAS Tech
Ballroom 5

  • Moderator: Terry Sando, UAS Sector Manager, Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp.
  • Nanci Hardwick, CEO, Aeroprobe
    Probing into Better Flight Endurance, Efficient Flight Paths
  • Ray Chan, Director of Solar Sheet Production, MicroLink Devices Inc.
    Implementing Solar Power into Fixed-Wing UAVs
  • Fabrice Kunzi, Chief Technology Officer, Panoptes
    Flight Protection: UAV Platform Infrastructure to Minimize Downtime

Navigating the Air Time: UAS Flight Management

  • Moderator: Patrick Miller, Staff Writer, UAS Magazine
  • Shawn Muehler, CEO, Botlink
    Multi-Platform, Pilot Situational Awareness
  • Stuart Rudolph, CEO, SmartC2 Inc.
    The UAS Boss System Explained
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo
Ballrooms 1-4

Wednesday, September 23rd

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7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast in the Expo
Ballrooms 1-4
8:00 am – 8:05 am Morning Remarks
Ballroom 5

  • Luke Geiver, Editor, UAS Magazine
8:05 am – 8:30 am Keynote Address: Developing the Nation’s First UAS Business Park
Ballroom 5

  • Tom Swoyer, President, Grand Sky UAS Business Park
8:30 am – 10:00 am The Silicon Valley of UAS: Doing Business in North Dakota
Ballroom 5

  • Moderator: Alan Anderson, Commissioner, North Dakota Department of Commerce
  • Terri Zimmerman, President, PacketDigital
  • Representative, Northrop Grumman
  • Representative, Sensurion Aerospace
10:00 am – 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
Ballrooms 1-4
10:30 am – 10:45 am The Precision Ag UAS Multiplier Effect
Ballroom 5

  • Wayne Woldt, Associate Professor, Committee Chair, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers Committee for Unmanned Aerial Systems, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
10:45 am – 11:30 am Groundbreaking UAS Research
Ballroom 5

  • John Bridewell, Professor of Aviation, University of North Dakota UAS Center
    Staying at the Top: University of North Dakota’s UAS Vision
  • Brian McCornack, Associate Professor, Entomology Department, Kansas State University
    View from the Field: KSU’s Precision Ag Plans
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch in the Expo
Ballrooms 1-4
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm U.S. Federal Aviation Administrative Official UAS Public Meeting
Ballroom 5

  • Barry Cooper, Regional Administrator, Great Lakes Region, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
  • Elizabeth Soltys, Manager, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Sites, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

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