Speakers 2015

Speakers at sUSBexpo: 2015

Chris Anderson, 3D Robotics

Chris is the CEO of 3D Robotics and founder of DIY Drones. From 2001 through 2012 he was the Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Before Wired he was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York in various positions, ranging from Technology Editor to US Business Editor.


Whitney Brooks, Unmanned Power

Whitney Brooks is the owner of Unmannedpower LLC, the world’s only professional recruiting and consulting firm exclusively serving the unmanned systems and robotics industry. From engineers to operators, strategic managers to technicians, Unmannedpower matches the top talent in the industry marketplace with client companies’ needs to help them exceed their unmanned goals. View Complete Bio…


Eric Cheng, DJI

Eric Cheng is DJI’s Director of Aerial Imaging, and is responsible for DJI’s San Francisco office . Throughout his career, Cheng has straddled his passion for photography, entrepreneurship, technology and communication. An award-winning photographer in underwater, terrestrial and aerial domains, he also runs Skypixel.org, an informative blog focused on aerial camera technology, and Wetpixel.com, the leading underwater photography community on the web. View Complete Bio…

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Dr. Mark Contarino, Scire Consultants, Sense and Avoid Technology

Dr. Mark Contarino has engineering degrees from Duke University and Drexel University. In 2008, Dr. Contarino founded Scire Consultants, a UAS technology-centric R&D consultancy based in Philadelphia, PA. View Complete Bio…

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Marque Cornblatt, Game of Drones

Founder and CEO, Game of Drones – Roboticist, designer and viral marketing maverick. He is often cited as a pioneering researcher in the field of telepresence robotics, having created SPARKY, the earliest known working prototype in the mid 1990’s. View Complete Bio…

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Murry Craig, Firestorm

Murray S. Craig is an entrepreneur and second-generation aviation expert who is the founder and CTO of Firestorm Emergency Services, LTD. Firestorm has developed the Tigerstrike technology for search rescue direction finding. Craig’s storied career ranges from the successful development and sale of several software companies to award-winning work as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Civil Air Patrol as well as having aided the recovery effort of the Space Shuttle Columbia crash. View Complete Bio…


Jonathan Downey, Airware

Jonathan Downey is the Founder and CEO of Airware, a San Francisco-based company that is building a hardware, software, and cloud services platform enabling the rapid development and safe operation of commercial UAS for a variety of enterprise-focused applications. Jonathan began working on the development of small UAS while studying electrical engineering and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). View Complete Bio…


Michael E. Drobac, Executive Director, Small UAV Coalition Senior Policy Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Michael E. Drobac serves as Executive Director of the Small UAV Coalition, an organization composed of leading consumer and technology companies with the goal of advancing the recreational, public (first responders), philanthropic and commercial use of small unmanned aerial vehicles. Founding members of the Small UAV Coalition are (in alphabetical order): Airware, Amazon Prime Air, DJI Innovations, GoogleX, GoPro, Parrot, and 3D Robotics. View Complete Bio…

Patrick Egan, sUASNews.com

Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. View Complete Bio…


Gene Engelgau, Fruity Chutes

Gene Engelgau,president of Fruity Chutes, has been part of the Silicon Valley high tech industry since the mid-70’s.  He’s founded several high tech start-ups in both in the early Internet e-commerce space, as well as the hobby radio control industries.  Gene has experience in electronics hardware design, embedded systems, enterprise software, and databases. View Complete Bio…


Bill English, NTSB

Mr. English is an Investigator-in-Charge in the Major Investigations Division of the Office of Aviation Safety.  He has been with the NTSB since 1999, in the Operational Factors Division, and became an IIC in 2004.  He has been the IIC on numerous major aviation accidents in the US including the Continental Airlines 1404 accident in Denver, Southwest 1919 in Chicago, a US Navy contracted B707, and most recently the Asiana Boeing 777 in San Francisco. He has served as the United States Accredited Representative on investigations worldwide including the B737/Legacy midair collision in Brazil and the B747 cargo fire in Dubai, as well as many others. View Complete Bio…

Chris France

Chris France, Alta Devices

Chris France, Ph.D. has spent the better part of the last decade working to make the solar future a reality.

He graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo with a B.S. in physics in 2004. His senior thesis was in modeling the behavior of blended organic PV devices to drive research on low-cost, non-toxic solar energy conversion. View Complete Bio…

Austin Jensen

Austin M Jensen, Ph.D., AggieAir

Austin Jensen is a research engineer at the Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL) at Utah State University (USU). For the last 8 years, he has played a major part in creating the unmanned aerial system (UAS) program at USU and in developing an autonomous UAS remote sensing platform called AggieAir (aggieair.usu.edu). View Complete Bio…


Wolfgang Juchmann, Velodyne LiDAR

Wolfgang Juchmann has more than 15 years of international experience in technical sales, product management, and marketing of industrial lasers and optical products for a variety of applications. The combination of Juchmann’s technical background, commercial experiences, and his passion for customer satisfaction are unique factors that enable him to profitably lead new product developments for Velodyne’s LiDAR division as well as manage existing product portfolios with an intimate awareness for the customer’s expectations.


Andra Keay, Robot Launch, SVR

Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, an industry group supporting the innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of Robot Launch, global robotics startup competition, and cofounder of Robot Garden, a new robotics hackerspace. View Complete Bio…


Young Kim, Digital Harvest

As Chief Executive Officer of Digital Harvest, Young Kim applies his 20+ years of experience as an entrepreneur and technologist to set business strategy, capture key customer relationships, establish strategic partnerships and guides the development of key products and services. View Complete Bio…


Parimal Kopardekar, NASA NextGen Concepts and Technology Development Project

Parimal Kopardekar (PK) serves as the Manager of the NASA’s NextGen Concepts and Technology Development Project.  He has published more than 40 articles.  He enjoys initiating new concepts and technology ideas that increase airspace capacity and throughput, reduce delays, and reduce the total cost of air transportation. View Complete Bio…

Josh Kornoff, Allied Drones

Josh Kornoff is the founder and President of Allied Drones, a UAS design and manufacturing company located in Huntington Beach, California. His company has developed custom UAV solutions for leading companies in the surveying, mapping, filmmaking, insurance, and industrial inspection industries around the world. View Complete Bio…

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David Kroetsch, President & CEO Aeryon Labs Inc.

Before becoming a Founder at Aeryon Labs Inc., Dave Kroetsch held a number of engineering positions at several Waterloo-based companies, including PixStream, Cisco Systems, VideoLocus, and LSI Logic, where he developed hardware to deliver digital video systems. View Complete Bio…

Gabe Ladd

Gabe Ladd, Advanced Concepts Consulting

Gabe Ladd is CEO and Founder of Advanced Concepts Consulting. He has spent the last twelve years working with UAV/UAS for civilian applications. He specializes in sensor and data system design and analysis. He helps his clients to build and implement custom data systems using a mixture of COTs and custom hardware and software to produce data products and analyses that are delivered in standard GIS methods for easy dissemination and communication. View Complete Bio…

Bernd Lutz, UAS Corp

Bernd is the CEO of bizUAS Corp, the North and South American distributor for  MULTIROTOR service-drone, a German manufacturer of industrial-grade, mission-proven multirotor unmanned aircraft.  bizUAS imports off-the-shelf and OEM airframes according to specific needs and augments the base aircraft with best-of-breed components for integrated, turn-key industry and unique customer solutions. View Complete Bio…


Lorenzo Martelletti, Pix4D

Lorenzo Martelletti is Director of Sales and Marketing at Pix4D, which he joined in 2012 during the company’s early stage. The company has seen exponential growth and is currently an industry leader in the UAV-photogrammetry software sector.

Lorenzo coordinates sales, marketing and business development activities at Pix4D’s headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, as well as the company’s San Francisco and Shanghai offices. He earned his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in environmental engineering at University of Florence (Italy), and studied Technology Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University (U.S.) with a Fulbright BEST (Business Exchange and Student Training) scholarship.

Lorenzo previously worked as scientific collaborator in geomatics at EPFL (Switzerland), as a research intern in remote sensing of vegetation at NASA Ames Research Center (US) and as a researcher in near-surface geophysics at University of Florence (Italy). In the private sector, he has worked as consultant in international projects in geophysical and hydrographical surveying as well as agroforestry and has co-founded two companies in Italy in the IT and Carbon Forestry sectors. View Complete Bio…


Douglas Marshal,TrueNorth Consulting, LLC.

Douglas Marshal, President, TrueNorth Consulting, LLC, an aviation consulting organization specializing in regulations, standards and legal issues relating to the integration of unmanned and remotely piloted aircraft into civil airspace.

Division Manager, UAS Regulations & Standards Development at the Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico State University, previously a Professor of Aviation at the University of North Dakota. He has been engaged full time on UAS related activities for over 9 years, is the co-editor of two books related to aviation, co-author of the recently published “Introduction to Unmanned Aircraft Systems” and is the author of numerous published articles on aviation law, regulations and remotely piloted aircraft. View Complete Bio…

Antoine Martin

Antoine Martin, Pix4D

Antoine joined Pix4D in 2014 and heads its U.S. office, where he supports the growth of customers and partners adopt automated image processing software. Antoine Martin has Masters of Science and Entrepreneurship and has worked with companies from Fortune 500 to startups. View Complete Bio…


Terry Miller, Transport Risk Management Inc.

Terry began his aviation career as a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics and minors in Aviation Business Administration and Aviation Safety. View Complete Bio…

Jono Millin

Jono Millin

Before starting DroneDeploy, Jono was reading a PhD in Machine Learning, after his MSc in Data Mining. He is passionate about technology and the outdoors. View Complete Bio…


Brandon Montellato, Skycatch

Brandon manages Business Development at Skycatch and serves as the lead liaison for their WORKMODE mapping & data clients. He also supports their Fleet Operations team in the field, having been deployed with some of their major mining and construction clients, such as, DPR, Skanska, and Rio Tinto. View Full Bio…

Paul Morgan

Paul Morgan

Paul Morgan has been directly involved with Unmanned Air Systems since 2002 when he as selected as the Chief of Staff for Program Executive Office (Navy) for Unmanned Aviation System and Weapons. He was then selected in 2004 to manage all Navy and Marines Corps Unmanned Aviation Systems as the Program Manager for PMA-263, a position he held for five years. View Full Bio…


Marko Peljhan, C-Astral Aerospace

Marko Peljhan is a researcher, a conceptual/systems artist and co-founder and CEO of C-ASTRAL, a vertically integrated unmanned systems solutions provider based in Slovenia. From 1994 on he has been coordinating the Makrolab global habitat art, engineering and science project devoted to the understanding of complex connections between Climate,    Migrations, Telecommunications and Networks. View Complete Bio…


Nicholas Pilkington, CTO co-founder Drone Deploy

Nicholas is the CTO and co-founder of DroneDeploy – a software platform that enables fast aerial data and simple drone operations.
Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa – Nicholas earned his degree in computer science, math and information systems from Rhodes University. After graduating he worked at NVIDA in Santa Clara as a software engineering researching General Purpose Computing on GPUs. View Complete bio…


Karen Rayment, CASE Forensics

Ms. Karen Rayment is a Registered Professional Engineer who specializes in investigating product failures and electrical safety issues. With over 15 years of technical experience, the majority of her work Silicon Valley based, she conducts failure analysis studies on a variety of consumer products, home products, electric power products, and consumer electronics.

Ms. Rayment is experienced with testing and failure analysis of electrical and microelectronic systems and components, home product validation & verification, recalls and safety issues,
CPSC support for toy investigations, and product safety analysis for potential recalls. In addition, she investigates residential and commercial electrical fires. She has particular expertise in failure mode and effects analysis of mixed-signal, printed circuit board products for medical devices, home products, and consumer electronics, and is also accomplished at product hazard analysis. View Complete Bio…

Gene Robinson, RPFlight Systems, Inc.

Gene Robinson founded RPFlight Systems, Inc. in March of 2004 and performed the research and development required to produce the flying wing as a stable payload platform. Gene’s formal education is in aviation science and is a full scale pilot. Utilizing his professional background as a computer programmer/analyst, the marriage of software image analysis and the use of computers for enhancing images was utilized early on.

The small unmanned aircraft developed by RPFlightSystems have seen service in searches domestically from California, to Virginia, Wyoming to Texas and internationally in Mongolia, Mexico, Africa and Jamaica.View Complete Bio…


Stuart Rudolph, CEO, SmartC2 Inc.

Stuart Rudolph is a serial entrepreneur and prolific inventor who founded SmartC2 Inc., to streamline aviation operations management using software technology. For the past 30 years he has focused on providing strategic direction and technology solutions for data-intensive industries that must effectively operate in highly regulated environments. View Complete Bio…


Paola Santana, Matternet

Paola is an entrepreneur, lawyer and public policy expert. She is Co-founder and COO at Matternet, a Silicon Valley startup creating the world’s next generation transportation system using networks of flying vehicles. A Fulbright scholar, GoodxGlobal Tech Fellow, Gifted Citizen awardee, and graduate from George Washington, Georgetown and Singularity University, her work aims to enact comprehensive regulatory frameworks and commercial ecosystems allowing the first networks of flying vehicles for transportation in the world. View Complete Bio…

Robert Scoble

Robert Scoble, Rackspace

As Futurist for Rackspace, the leading Managed Cloud Computing Company, Scoble travels the world looking for what’s happening on the bleeding edge of technology for Rackspace’s start up program. View Complete Bio…


Mike Senkowski, Wiley Rein Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice Group

Mike is a Partner at Wiley Rein and chairs the firm’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Practice Group. Nationally and internationally recognized for his distinguished career, Mike has assembled one of the legal industry’s first multi-disciplinary working groups of experts in Aviation, Privacy, Spectrum, and Public Policy to explore ways to get UAS off the ground. Mike and his team identify, anticipate and monitor the full range of legal, regulatory, technological, and legislative issues that will determine how and when UAS are deployed in the US and around the world.


Colin Snow, Drone Analyst

Colin Snow is CEO and Founder of Drone Analyst, a research and consulting firm for the commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry.  Colin is a 25 year technology industry veteran with a background in market research, enterprise software, electronics, digital imaging, and mobility. View Complete Bio…


Keith B Strier, Ernst and Young

Keith is a Southern California-based Partner/Principal in EY Strategy, chiefly focused on Digital Enterprise Strategy and related domains, including UAVs, Internet of Things, Future of Work, Enterprise UX Design and Agile Innovation. Keith authored EY’s cross-functional Point-of-View on the commercial drone sector, and is advising large-scale enterprises on the journey from discovery phase to a scaled drone fleet. View Complete Bio…

Claudia Spinnato, mT-Panoptes

Claudia Spinnato is an entrepreneur and a passionate pioneer in the UAV world since 2009. She is Co-founder and CSMO at Panoptes.it an italian start-up company focused on the development of GEO core plug&play multi-sensor systems allowing small UAVs to be easily used for technical and scientific surveys. View Complete Bio…


John Surmont – Inventor, Visionary

Special Operations Technology, Manager, Entrepreneur 

John has 20 years experience of serving within and supporting Naval Special Warfare in the areas of technology and innovation.  John’s visionary technical and operational expertise spans research, development, and testing, as well as, the application and tactical integration of technologies various programs. View Complete Bio…


Dr. Sean Varah, CEO Motion DSP

Dr. Sean Varah is founder and CEO of MotionDSP, provider of computer vision and video analytics software, helping companies find critical information from real-time video to answer high-stakes questions. View Complete Bio…

Baptist Tripard

Baptiste Tripard, SenseFly

Baptiste is an aeronautics engineer and an entrepreneur. After a short experience in project financing, he joined in 2009 a start-up in France  that designs and produces small jet engines (the DGEN Family) dedicated to the general aviation. He worked there as an Executive Manager and helped define the global strategy of the company (international development in Brazil and in the United States, technical and industrial partnerships), as well as design the company’s organization in order to be compliant with the certification standards. View Complete bio…

Jim Williams, FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Office

Jim Williams is the 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. View Complete Bio…


Danny Zepeda, Rotor Optics LLC.

Danny Zepeda is a co-Founder of Rotor Optics LLC, a Bay Area startup focused on applying sUAS technology in the utility, manufacturing, and petrochemical industries.  Rotor Optics specializes in inspection, monitoring, and emergency response services. View Complete Bio…