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Fall 2015 Symposium Panelists

Introduction and Welcome

Caroline C. Whitacre, PhD:

Vice President for Research, Professor, Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics

Caroline C. Whitacre, PhD, has served as the vice president for research at The Ohio State University since August 2008. Her expertise on immunological mechanisms and gender differences in multiple sclerosis has made her one of the world’s most acknowledged authorities on autoimmune disease.

Dr. Whitacre is a professor of microbial infection and immunity and former chair of the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics in the College of Medicine, a position which she held for 12 years. Prior to joining the Office of Research, she served as the associate vice president for health sciences research and vice dean for research in the College of Medicine from 2001-2008, where she successfully championed the development of research and research education.

In her current role as vice president for research, Dr. Whitacre is responsible for the overall strategic planning and infrastructure support for the universities $983 million annual basic and applied research program. She oversees the university’s efforts to stimulate research and support ongoing activities.

David B. Williams, PhD:

Monte Ahuja Endowed Dean’s Chair, Executive Dean of the Professional Colleges and Dean of the College of Engineering

Dr. David B. Williams is Executive Dean of the Professional Colleges and Dean of The College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. As dean, Williams oversees the education of more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, leads a research program that expends $120M annually and oversees the administration of 950 combined faculty, research scientists and staff.

Williams is involved in many university-industry economic development partnerships. He serves on the boards of ASM International, the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Advisory Board, Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (formerly American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute), Columbus 2020, Metro Early College STEM School, EWI, Ohio Aerospace & Aviation Council, and the Transportation Research Center.

Before coming to Ohio State, Williams served as the fifth president of the University of Alabama in Huntsville from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that role, he was the VP for Research at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Williams holds B.A., M.A., Ph.D., and Sc.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of six national and international professional societies in the areas of materials and microscopy.

Margot E. Kaminski@MargotKaminski

Assistant Professor, Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Professor Margot E. Kaminski researches and writes on law and technology. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School. Professor Kaminski’s research and policy work focuses on media freedom, online civil liberties, international intellectual property law, legal issues raised by AI and robotics, and surveillance. She has written on law and technology for the popular press, and appeared on NPR’s On the Media and other radio shows and podcasts. Her article, “The Capture of International Intellectual Property Law Through the U.S. Trade Regime” was published in the Southern California Law Review; and her essay on domestic drone use, “Drone Federalism: Civilian Drones and the Things They Carry” was published in the California Law Review Circuit.

From 2011 to 2014, Professor Kaminski served as the executive director of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School, an intellectual center addressing the implications of new information technologies for law and society. She remains an affiliated fellow of the Yale ISP.  She was a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Prior to attending law school, Professor Kaminski worked for a literary agency and as a freelance writer. While at Yale, she co-founded the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA), and worked as a Google Policy Fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

I. Drones as Aircraft: The FAA’s Safety Mandate

Brendan Schulman:

Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs, DJI

Brendan Schulman is Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs at DJI, the world’s leading civilian drone company.  Brendan is responsible for setting DJI’s corporate policies relating to regulatory and legal issues, and advocates for reasonable and balanced policy outcomes for drone operators at the federal and state level, and internationally. Previously, he was head of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems practice at the law firm of Kramer Levin in New York City, where he handled some of the landmark cases in the field, and where he also filed with the FAA a formal Petition for Rulemaking on behalf of the UAS America Fund, LLC, proposing a new “micro” unmanned aircraft category. In his career, Brendan has represented various Fortune 500 companies, tech startups, robotics companies, investment firms, and educational institutions in their development and use of drones. Frequently quoted in the media on policy issues surrounding civilian drones, Brendan also sits on the Board of Advisors of the international Humanitarian UAV Network and has been building and flying his own recreational drones for over 20 years.

Anne Swanson:

Partner, Cooley LLP

Anne Swanson is a member of Cooley LLP and has over thirty-five years’ experience in regulatory law, particularly in communications, navigation, and aviation matters.  In her career, she has specialized in representing companies with innovative ideas that have outpaced regulation.  She currently represents a number of companies offering navigation and unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) services, and she is active in spectrum and media issues before the FCC.  With her Cooley colleagues, Anne developed and filed the applications that led to the issuance of the FAA’s first eight authorizations for commercial UAV operation in the U.S.; since then, she has shepherded dozens of commercial UAV applications and amendments through the FAA’s processes.

She serves as president of the DC Capitol Chapter of the Association of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; she is on the advisory board of Accel Partners’ DJI SkyFund.  Anne’s professional activities have also included service as president of the Federal Communications Bar Association, and she now serves as its delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates.  In the 1990s, Anne also served a three-year term on the Governing Committee of the ABA’s Forum on Communications.

Anne holds a joint JD-MPA degree from Yale Law School and Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, an LLM from Georgetown University’s Law Center, and an undergraduate degree in journalism from WVU.  Prior to private practice, Anne clerked with federal judges in the Northern District of California and Seventh Circuit, and, prior to law school, she wrote the President’s daily news summary in The White House Press Office; throughout college, she interned at the National Security Council.  Anne can be reached at aswanson@cooley.com.

John Valasek:

Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University

John Valasek is Director, Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems (CANVASS), Director, Vehicle Systems & Control Laboratory, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, and member of the Honors Faculty at Texas A&M University.  He has been actively conducting flight mechanics and controls research of manned and Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) in both Industry and Academia for 30 years.  Besides teaching courses in Aircraft Design, Atmospheric Flight Mechanics, and Modern Control of Aerospace Systems, John created two senior/graduate level Systems Engineering based courses.

John was previously a Flight Control Engineer for the Northrop Corporation, Aircraft Division where he worked in the Flight Controls Research Group, and on the AGM-137 Tri-Services Standoff Attack Missile (TSSAM) program.  John’s research is currently focused on bridging the gap between traditional computer science topics and aerospace engineering topics, and he has published over 140 peer reviewed articles including three recent books.  John is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and he is currently a member of the Intelligent Systems Technical Committee and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics.

Jim Williams@Dentons

Aviation and Aerospace Sector Public Policy and Regulation, Dentons

Jim Williams is a member of Dentons’ Public Policy and Regulation practice and the Aviation and Aerospace sector. Jim advises Dentons’ clients on issues related to aircraft and space operations with specific emphasis on all things related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).  With nearly 30 years of experience in the Aviation sector while working at the Department of Transportation, 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.  In early 2015, Jim testified before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

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 National Airspace System toward NextGen.

Noel Zamot@corvusanalytics

Founder and President, Corvus Analytics LLC

Noel Zamot is the founder and president of Corvus Analytics LLC, an early stage business focused on providing cybersecurity solutions for the UAV industry.  Started at MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Corvus Analytics creates value for commercial drone users by identifying and managing risks associated with operating complex systems in contested cyberspace environments.

Prior to founding Corvus Analytics, Mr. Zamot held various roles in the Aerospace and Defense industry, focused primarily on providing cybersecurity, R&D and systems engineering solutions to customers in the Department of Defense.  Mr. Zamot previously served in the U.S. Air Force in various leadership, combat and international positions, attaining the rank of Colonel. He culminated his active duty career as the 39th commander of the U.S. Air Force’s elite Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. In that role he crafted the first formal curriculum to train military UAV test pilots, developed the USAF’s first system for testing airborne systems in contested cyberspace environments, and significantly expanded the curriculum for electronic warfare, stealth, and survivability testing of advanced air vehicles.

Peter M. Shane@petermshane

Jacob E. Davis and Jacob E. Davis II Chair in Law, Michael E. Moritz College of Law

Professor Peter M. Shane came to Ohio State in 2003 from Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management. He is an internationally recognized scholar in administrative law, with a specialty in separation of powers law and has co-authored leading casebooks on each subject. He has served on the faculty at the University of Iowa College of Law and was dean at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

In addition to his outstanding law teaching and scholarship, Professor Shane has received a National Science Foundation grant for interdisciplinary study related to cyberspace and democracy. At Ohio State, he provides strong leadership in interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching.

II. Drones as Opportunities: Data, Research & Speech

Marc J. Blitz: @blitztaurus

Professor Law, Oklahoma City University School of Law

Marc J. Blitz is the Alan Joseph Bennett Professor of Law at Oklahoma City University School of Law.  His scholarship focuses on constitutional protections of free speech and privacy, and the questions raised for these areas of law by emerging technologies (especially those which extend or enhance human perception with the aid of cameras, computers, or neuroscience-enabled advances).  His articles have appeared in Texas Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, American University Law Review, and William & Mary Law Review among other publications.

Thomas Mackie, P.S.@ThomasMackie

Vice President and Aviation Program Director, Woolpert, Inc.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Mr. Mackie received a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and Remote Sensing in 1997, returning to OSU to complete a Geodetic Sciences degree in 2004.  Mr. Mackie began working for Woolpert in 1998 in the Dayton Survey Group as a field survey technician, and is currently a Program Manager in Woolpert’s Aviation Market.  On a daily basis, he is directly involved in the practice’s project and program management responsibilities, business development, subject matter expertise, R&D, recruiting and training activities.  Mr. Mackie’s major focus currently is managing Woolpert’s involvement in the FAA’s Technical Support Services Contract, 4th Generation (TSSC-4), a contract providing engineering, geospatial, construction and environmental support in the FAA’s current and NextGen facilities.  As an airport consultant, geospatial expert and FAA program director, he’s been actively engaged in UAS integration with the National Airspace System (NAS), operations at airports and operator for project specific missions. Since prototype work in 2002, he has been working with the FAA and National Geodetic Survey (NGS) on data collection, standards development and the Airports GIS system work flow. To date, he has overseen geospatial projects at over 1,500 airports across the US and abroad. He is a Clevelander, Vice President of the firm and a licensed Professional Surveyor in the great State of Ohio.

Nabiha Syed@nabihasyed

Assistant General Counsel, BuzzFeed

Nabiha Syed is a media lawyer with interests in transparency, freedom of speech, and emerging media technologies. She is currently the Assistant General Counsel at BuzzFeed. Prior to BuzzFeed, Nabiha began the emerging technology practice at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, a leading First Amendment law firm, and was named the First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times. She has counseled on matters ranging from the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to the Freedom of Information Act to the Espionage Act, and co-founded both Drone U, an online education platform for drone policy issues hosted by Slate, and the Media Freedom and Information Access legal clinic at Yale Law School. Her spare time is occupied by searching for delicious tacos in every city she visits. Nabiha is a graduate of Johns Hopkins, Yale Law School and Oxford University, which she attended as a Marshall Scholar.

Matt Waite@mattwaite

Professor of Practice, College of Journalism and Mass Communications University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Matt Waite is a professor of practice at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, founder of the Drone Journalism Lab and co-founder of Hot Type Consulting LLC, a web development firm. From 2007-2011, he was a programmer/journalist for the St. Petersburg Times where he developed the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact. Before that, he was an award-winning investigative reporter for the Times and co-author of Paving Paradise: Florida’s Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss.

Dale A. Oesterle:

J. Gilbert Reese Chair in Contract Law, Michael E. Moritz College of Law

After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, Professor Dale A. Oesterle clerked for the Honorable Robert R. Merhige Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. He then worked as an associate in the litigation section of Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Va., before entering law teaching.

Professor Oesterle was a law professor at Cornell Law School and the School of Law at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he also served as director of the school’s Center for Entrepreneurial Law. In 2003, Professor Oesterle joined Moritz, where he was named the Gilbert J. Reese Chair.

Professor Oesterle’s teaching and research focus primarily on business law, particularly mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, hedge funds, securities law, and securities trading markets. At Moritz, he teaches Business Associations, Law of Mergers & AcquisitionsSecurities RegulationLaw and Finance for EntrepreneursContractsInternational Business TransactionsComparative Company, and Securities Law.

III. Drones as Threats: Privacy and Property Rights

Ella Atkins:

Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan

Dr. Ella Atkins is an Associate Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, where she is director of the Autonomous Aerospace Systems (A2SYS) Lab.  Dr. Atkins’ research focuses on task and motion planning, guidance, and control to support increasingly autonomous cyber-physical Aerospace systems with focus on small UAS (unmanned aircraft system) and aviation safety applications.  Dr. Atkins is author of over 150 refereed journal and conference publications and has served long-term as an associate editor of the AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems (JAIS). She has served on numerous review boards and panels, including the 2013 NRC committee to develop a research agenda for autonomy in civil aviation, the NRC Aeronautics Roundtable, NRC NASA Aviation Safety program review board, and Decadal Survey of Aeronautics (Panel E).  Dr. Atkins is past-chair of the AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee, AIAA Associate Fellow, IEEE senior member, small public airport owner/operator (Shamrock Field, Brooklyn, MI), and private pilot.  She serves on the National Academy’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) (2011-2017) and was a member of the IDA Defense Science Studies Group (2012-2013).  She currently serves on the steering committee and as Graduate Program Chair to the new University of Michigan Robotics Program.

A. Michael Froomkin@mfroomkin

Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law

A. Michael Froomkin is the Laurie Silvers & Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, specializing in Privacy Law, Internet Law, and Administrative Law.  He is a founder-editor of the online law review Jotwell, The Journal of Things We Like (Lots). He is the founder and sometime Chair of the We Robot conference that alternates annually between Miami and the West Coast. He serves on the Editorial Board of Information, Communication & Society and of I/S: A Journal of Law and Policy for the Information SocietyHe is on the Advisory Boards of several organizations including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Prof. Froomkin is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London, and a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Democracy & Technology and the Yale Law School Information Society Project. He is also active in technology-related projects in the greater Miami area.

Stephen E. Henderson:

Professor of Law, The University of Oklahoma College of Law

Professor Henderson joined the law faculty in 2011 after teaching elsewhere for nine years.  In 2013, he was named the outstanding faculty member by the students, and in 2014, he received the VPR Award for Outstanding Research Impact.  He teaches, writes, and lectures in the areas of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Privacy Law, and Computer Crime.  (In a former life he taught Intellectual Property, most of which he loved but much of which he has forgotten.)

Henderson’s research was cited by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board in finding certain NSA surveillance illegal and possibly unconstitutional and in recent opinions regarding law enforcement access to cell site location information.  He regularly speaks in professional and scholarly contexts, including presentations at Yale, NYU, Penn, Berkeley, Northwestern, Alberta, Minnesota, GW, UNC, and Colorado, and he has taught in Batumi, Georgia, in a summer program hosted by that nation’s Constitutional Court.  He is co-editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance Law.

Gregory McNeal@GregoryMcNeal

Associate Professor of Law and Public Policy, Pepperdine University School of Law

Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD, is a professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University and the co-founder of AirMap.  AirMap provides airspace information to drone operators, drone manufacturers and software developers.  Dr. McNeal is an expert on drones and topics related to technology, law and policy.  He is a nationally recognized commentator for Forbes, and a frequent keynote speaker at industry events and academic conferences related to drones, technology, law, and public policy.

Dr. McNeal has testified before Congress and state legislatures about the legal and policy issues associated with drones and has aided state legislators, cities, municipalities, and executive branch officials in drafting legislation and ordinances related to drones.  He is one of a handful of people outside of government (and the only professor) to have met with and provided input to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget about the FAA’s pending drone regulations.

He serves as a voting member of the ASTM technical committee creating scientific standards to govern unmanned aircraft and their operation, he is also a member of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International technical advisory and advocacy committees, serves as a board member of the UAVUS and sits on the advisory council for the Humanitarian UAV Network.  He has advised drone start-ups, sensor manufacturers, law enforcement, consulting firms, insurance companies, and Fortune 500 companies about the legal and regulatory issues and benefits associated with drone technology.

Jay Stanley@JayCStanley

Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project

Jay Stanley is Senior Policy Analyst with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, where he researches, writes and speaks about technology-related privacy and civil liberties issues and their future.  He writes for, and serves as editor of, the ACLU’s technology policy blog Free Future.  Stanley has authored and co-authored influential ACLU reports on a variety of topics, including a December 2011 report on domestic surveillance drones, as well as numerous subsequent short pieces on UAVs published on Free Future.  Before joining the ACLU in 2001, Stanley was an analyst at the technology research firm Forrester, where he focused on Internet policy issues. He is a graduate of Williams College and holds an M.A. in American History from the University of Virginia.

Liz Woolery: @lizwoolery

Policy Analyst, Open Technology Institute at New America

Liz Woolery is a policy analyst at New America’s Open Technology Institute.  She is also completing her Ph.D. in Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where her research focuses on First Amendment free press and free speech issues, particularly the intersection of digital free expression and privacy. Her dissertation addresses one issue at that intersection, the First Amendment right to gather information in public places. Liz was a 2014 Google Policy Fellow at OTI, during which time she began work on the Transparency Reporting Toolbox (formerly Transparency Reporting for Beginners). This project aims to encourage more and better transparency reporting through policy research and the creation of a set of tools for internet and telecommunications companies. She interned with the Berkman Center for Internet and Society’s Chilling Effects Clearinghouse in 2013, and works closely with the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy as a blogger and outreach coordinator. She received her M.A. in Media Studies from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and her B.A. from Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin. You can find her on Twitter (@lizwoolery) and at elizabethwoolery.web.unc.edu.


André Hentz:

Mr. André Hentz is the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. He joined the Science and Technology Directorate in June 2014.

Prior to joining the Science and Technology Directorate, Mr. Hentz worked at the Department of Defense’s Intelligence Systems Support Office (ISSO). While serving as Director, Mission Support, he was responsible for the ISSO’s Finance, Security, Contracts, Human Resources, Facilities, IT, and Administrative Departments. Additionally, Mr. Hentz served as ISSO’s Senior Intelligence Officer, Intelligence Oversight Monitor, and Military Intelligence Program (MIP) Functional Director. Mr. Hentz previously served as ISSO’s Deputy Director, Mission Support and Chief of Acquisitions.

Prior to ISSO, Mr. Hentz was a Program Manager at the Crane-Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), a Component Member of the Navy Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). While at NAVSEA, he led projects in support of the Special Capabilities Office (SCO) focusing on RADAR and LADAR system testing, Network Infrastructure Integration, and Rapid Acquisitions. Prior to his work at NAVSEA and the SCO, Mr. Hentz served as a Business Financial Manager (Support Contractor) to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Strategic Technology Office (STO).

Mr. Hentz received a Master’s of Science in Management from the University of Maryland, University College in 2005, and a Bachelors of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1996.

IV. Drones and the Regulators: Who (Else) Should Regulate What

Troy A. Rule:

Associate Professor of Law, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Troy Rule is an Associate Professor of Law at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and is the Faculty Director of ASU’s Program on Law and Sustainability.  He graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2005, where he was a John M. Olin Student Fellow in Law & Economics.   Prior to entering academia, Professor Rule was an attorney at K&L Gates LLP in Seattle, where his practice focused primarily on real estate transactions and wind energy development.  His research on property and regulatory issues involving wind energy, solar energy, and domestic drones has been published in such journals as the UCLA Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Boston University Law Review and University of Illinois Law Review.  He is also the author of Solar, Wind and Land: Conflicts in Renewable Energy Development (Routledge, 2014).

Ryan Smith:

Director, UAS Operations for the State of Ohio

Ryan Smith is the Director of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Operations for the State of Ohio. He directs UAS activities for the State through UAS development, commercialization, and operational employment. He leads the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex, located in Springfield, OH, which conducts UAS operations in collaboration with over 80 partners across the states of Indiana and Ohio.

Ryan is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and holds Master of Science Degrees from the University of Tennessee and the National War College. He is also a graduate of the Ecole du Personnel Navigant d’Essais et de Reception (French Test Pilot School). He served 23 years on active duty in the Air Force as a fighter pilot, experimental test pilot and diplomat. He comes to Ohio from industry, having most recently worked with The Boeing Company as an engineering test pilot.

Kristen Thomasen@KristenThomasen

Ph.D. Student, University of Ottawa Centre for Technology, Law and Society

Kristen Thomasen is currently working on her doctorate at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Technology, Law and Society. Under the supervision of Dr. Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law and Technology, her research is focusing on the development of a law and policy framework for the commercial and recreational use of drones in Canada. She is funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, which supports high-level doctoral research. Prior to her doctoral studies Kristen served as a law clerk to Madam Justice Rosalie Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada. She also clerked for the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and articled with Alberta Justice. She is a member of the Law Society of Alberta. She has an MA in International Relations and a BA in Physical Anthropology.

Theodore J. Wierzbanowski:

Chairman, ASTM F-38 UAS Standards Committee

Ted Wierzbanowski is a retired USAF Colonel and an experimental test pilot.  He has been deeply involved in advanced aircraft development since the early 80s when he was the first Air Force test pilot for the X-29 program.   During that time he also was the fighter branch chief at the Air Force Flight Test Center and helped create and then manage a new organization responsible for all one-of-a-kind and research Air Force Flight Test Center aircraft programs.  After leaving the X-29 program Ted moved on to the X-30/NASP program where he served in many senior level positions over a period of seven years. Ted retired from the Air Force in 1994 and went to work at AeroVironment (AV) where, prior to his retirement from AV in early 2013, he managed many advanced technology electric vehicle, distributed energy, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) programs and was AV’s Director of UAS Airspace Integration responsible for AV’s interaction with the FAA and other government agencies on UAS issues.  In the past he was the President of UNITE (UAV National Industry Team), the Industry Co-Chair of the FAA’s Small UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC), and a member of EUROCAE UAS Working Groups 73 and 93. He is currently the Chair of the ASTM F-38 UAS Standards Committee and the Industry Co-Chair of the current FAA UAS ARC.

Ted graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1968 and also has a M.S. in Systems Management from USC.  He is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School and the Defense Systems Management College as well as a member of Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a senior member of AIAA.  In 2012 he received the AUVSI Outstanding Contributor Award for all of his work in supporting UAS airspace integration efforts.

Konstantin Kakaes: @kkakaes

Program Fellow, International Security Program at New America

Konstantin Kakaes is a program fellow with the International Security Program at New America. He is working on a project analyzing the evolving uses of drones. He is the author of “The Pioneer Detectives”, an e-book about space exploration. Before coming to New America, Mr Kakaes was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. Mr Kakaes was The Economist’s bureau chief in Mexico City from 2005 to 2009, and before that covered science and technology for The Economist from London. He has a B.A. in Physics from Harvard.