Speakers

Meet our Speakers

ASCEND brings together experienced leaders in UAS technology, innovation, policy and business. We are continuing to announce new speakers each week. Check back for session information and more. If you are interested in applying to be a presenter at ASCEND, submit your proposal today.


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featured speakers
Michael Chasen

Michael Chasen

CEO
PrecisionHawk

In January 2016, Michael Chasen became CEO of PrecisionHawk. Previously, Michael was the Co-founder and CEO of...

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Christina Engh

Christina Engh

Co-founder and COO
UASolutions Group

ASCEND & Drone360 Advisory Board

Christina M. Engh is a co-founder and COO for UASolutions Group, a female disabled veteran-owned...

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Colin Snow

Colin Snow

CEO and Founder
Skylogic Research

Colin Snow is CEO and Founder of Skylogic Research (also known as Drone Analyst®), a research, content, and advisory services firm for...

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Derek Waleko

Derek Waleko

CEO
Up Sonder

From senior advisor to the South Korean government to co-founder of a pioneering drone rental company, Derek Waleko has a rich business...

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Gretchen West

Gretchen West

Senior Advisor
Hogan Lovells US LLP

Gretchen West serves as Senior Advisor focusing on Innovation and Technology at Hogan Lovells and is a member of the firm’s Global...

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Jim Williams

James (Jim) H. Williams

Principal
Dentons

Jim Williams is a member of Dentons' Public Policy and Regulation practice and advises clients on issues related to aircraft and space operations with...

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Casey Adams

Casey Adams

CEO
Kansas City Drone Company

Casey has traveled the world as a defense intelligence contractor gathering information to help solve complex geo-political problems...

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Adam Bailey

Adam Bailey

Owner
Critical Stories Multimedia

Adam Bailey is the owner of Critical Stories Multimedia, a video production company in Portland, OR. His major motion picture UAV camera...

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Wayne Baker

Wayne Baker

Fire Chief & Emergency Management Coordinator, Joshua, TX Fire Department
Critical Stories Multimedia

Wayne Baker is a 24 year veteran of the fire service and is currently the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of....

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David Bird

David Bird

Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Biology
McGill University

David Bird earned his MSc and PhD degrees in Wildlife Biology from McGill University in Montreal in 1975 and 1978, respectively...

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David Boardman

David Boardman

CEO
Stockpile Reports

As CEO of Stockpile Reports, David Boardman brings more than 20 years of software innovation and global application and deployment...

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Scott Bones

Scott Bones

UAS Pilot and Camera Systems Engineer
Action Media, LLC.

Scott Bones is a licensed Part 61 and Part 107 professional pilot living and working in Portland, Oregon. Scott has over 300 days logged working on...

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Jim Bowers

Jim Bowers

Founder
SWARM

Bowers is a 61-year-old career artist, photographer and, thanks to his popular channel Demunseed, YouTube celebrity. He has created many...

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Dallas Brooks

Dallas Brooks

Director
Raspet Flight Research Laboratory

In his role as Director at Raspet, Dallas Brooks is responsible for Mississippi State University’s broad spectrum of government and...

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Lori Brown

Lori Brown

President
Brown Unmanned Aerial Solutions, LLC

ASCEND Advisory Board

With an extensive global business career in high technology, and currently as President...

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Garret Bryl

Garret Bryl

UAS Pilot
City of Joshua, TX Fire Department

Garret Bryl is a USAF Veteran, Aerospace Engineer of 13 years, and a volunteer UAS Pilot for the Joshua Fire Department and Public Safety...

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Michael Chasen

Michael Chasen

CEO
PrecisionHawk

In January 2016, Michael Chasen became CEO of PrecisionHawk. Previously, Michael was the Co-founder and CEO of...

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Anthony DeMolina

Anthony DeMolina

Director of Aeronautical Training
LA Regional County Training Center

Police and fire first responders need to know when and how to use regulations governing small unmanned aircraft systems. Flying under Part 107...

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Andrew Dennison

Andrew Dennison

COO
Uplift Data Partners

Andrew Dennison is the COO of Uplift Data Partners, a full service drone technology company focused on flying, analyzing and delivering data....

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Thomas Dougherty

Thomas Dougherty

Partner
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Tom Dougherty is a partner in the law firm of Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP. Tom leads the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) practice throughout...

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Gene Engelgau

Gene Engelgau

President and CEO
Fruity Chutes, Inc.

Gene Engelgau, has been part of the Silicon Valley high tech industry since the late 70’s. He has founded several high tech start-ups in both...

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Christina Engh

Christina Engh

Co-founder and COO
UASolutions Group

ASCEND & Drone360 Advisory Board

Christina M. Engh is a co-founder and COO for UASolutions Group, a female disabled veteran-owned...

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Jonathan Evans

Jonathan Evans

CEO and Co-founder
Skyward, a Verizon Company

Jonathan Evans is the CEO and co-founder of Skyward, the leading drone operations platform. He advises businesses of all...

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Steven Flynn

Steven Flynn

Founder and CEO
Skytango

Steven Flynn is an Emmy-award-winning filmmaker as well as a producer, director, director of photography, editor, and drone pilot....

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Sally French

Sally French

Journalist
The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch

Sally French is a journalist reporting on drones for The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch. She first became interested in drones when she...

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Dan Gettinger

Dan Gettinger

Co-director
Center for the Study of the Drone

ASCEND & Drone360 Advisory Board

Dan Gettinger is a cofounder and co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College in New...

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Bob Gonsalves

Bob Gonsalves

Founder and CEO
UAVUS

ASCEND & Drone360 Advisory Board

As founder and CEO of the U.S. Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers (UAVUS), Bob...

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Kris Graham

KRIS GRAHAM

Director
Public Sector UAV Initiatives

Kris Graham is an attorney, pilot (ASEL, ASES) and commercial drone operator who assists both public and private entities in constructing and...

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Faine Greenwood

FAINE GREENWOOD

Assistant Researcher
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative

Faine Greenwood is an assistant researcher at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, focusing on how UAV and satellite technology...

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Michelle Hammel

Michelle Hammel

Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer
Delaware River and Bay Authority

Michelle Hammel provides legal and business advice in support of a broad range of issues, including UAS operations. The DRBA...

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Melanie Harris

Melanie Harris

Chief Engagement Officer
AeroVista Innovations

Melanie Harris leads AeroVista Innovations’ organizational focus on identifying, building, and delivering the optimal AVI solution for clients....

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Jay Hart

Jay Hart

Director
Force Training Institute

Jay Hart is the director of the Force Training Institute and has worked with numerous Global and National Fortune 500 companies to create...

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Julian Hughes

Julian Hughes

Senior VP
Intelligent Energy Inc.

Julian Hughes is based out of Intelligent Energy’s San Francisco Bay Area office and leads all U.S. commercial and operational...

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Dr. Joe Hupy

Dr. Joe Hupy

CTO
Menet Aero Inc.

Joseph Hupy, a PhD in geography from Michigan State University and Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Wisconsin...

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Michael Intschert

Michael Intschert

VP, AUV Flight Services
CEO, Sonoran Wings Aviation

ASCEND & Drone360 Advisory Board

Michael Intschert is a licensed private pilot. He has 10 aircraft qualifications with more than 1,000 flight...

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Ryan Jenson

Ryan Jenson

CEO and Co-Founder
HoneyComb

Ryan Jenson is CEO & co-founder of HoneyComb, specializing in drone-based software and data for agriculture. He is an entrepreneur...

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Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson

Attorney
Nilan Johnson Lewis

Brian Johnson is a trial lawyer who helps businesses navigate risk and manage programs associated with commercial drone operations....

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Sheila Kerwin

Sheila Kerwin

Attorney
Nilan Johnson Lewis

Sheila Kerwin is a trial lawyer who helps businesses navigate risk and manage programs associated with commercial drone operations...

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Dr. Lav Khot

Dr. Lav Khot

Assistant professor, Precision Agriculture
Washington State University

Dr. Lav Khot is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Irrigated Agriculture Research & Extension...

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Belinda Kilby

Belinda Kilby

Co-founder
Elevated Element

Belinda and Terry Kilby are co-founders of Elevated Element. The husband-and-wife team have been designing, building, and flying drones...

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Terry Kilby

Terry Kilby

Co-founder
Elevated Element

Terry and Belinda Kilby are co-founders of Elevated Element. The husband-and-wife team have been designing, building, and flying drones...

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Young Kim

Young Kim

CEO
Digital Harvest

As an innovator in the development and use of satellites, manned aircraft, unmanned aerial and ground systems, remote and proximal...

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Rhianna Lakin

Rhianna Lakin

Founder
Amelia Dronehart RC Copter Group

ASCEND Advisory Board

Rhianna Lakin’s passion for using drones to advance worthwhile causes is rooted in life experience, much of...

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David Lang

David Lang

Founder, OpenExplorer
Co-founder, OpenROV

David Lang is a maker whose craving for adventure turned him into an amateur ocean explorer. A few years ago, Lang and NASA engineer...

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Chris Litzkow

Chris Litzkow

Director of Public Safety Operations & Training, Menet Aero, Inc.

Chris is the Director of Public Safety Operations & Training at Menet Aero, and is also a Detective with Wisconsin State Capitol Police. He created...

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Ben Marcus

Ben Marcus

Co-founder and CEO
AirMap

Ben Marcus is co-founder and CEO of AirMap, the leading airspace management platform for UAS. Ben also serves as...

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Kate McAndrew

Kate McAndrew

Associate
Bolt

Kate McAndrew is an investor at Bolt, a venture capital firm investing in early stage startups at the intersection of hardware and software. Bolt is often...

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Jason McNally

Jason McNally

Director of Business Development
AUV Flight Services

ASCEND & Drone360 Advisory Board

Jason McNally has been a flight tester and instructor in the unmanned aerial systems industry for almost...

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Peter Menet

Peter Menet

CEO
Menet Aero Inc.

Peter is the Founder and CEO of Menet Aero Inc. He is a military-trained aviator with over 1700 accident-free hours and two overseas...

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Rob Miller

Rob Miller

Photographer/Cinematographer
Spokane Drone Photography

Rob Miller has nearly a decade of Professional Photography & Cinematography experience, and is the owner of Spokane Drone...

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Jessie Mooberry

Jessie Mooberry

Technologist
Stanford Peace Innovation Lab

Jessie Mooberry is the COO of SwarmX, a startup building fully autonomous drone systems for enterprise assets. She spent the last two years...

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Kara Murphy

Kara Murphy

Marketing Consultant
and Remote Pilot

Kara Murphy first picked up a drone in 2014, and has been hooked ever since. Today she is a Bay Area-based certified remote pilot, marketing...

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Dr. A. Isaac Nabors

Dr. A. Isaac Nabors

COO
Up Sonder

Dr. Isaac Nabors is a drone enthusiast with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Sports and Health Sciences from Texas Tech University,2004, a Master’s...

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Kerry Palakanis

Kerry Palakanis

DNP, CRNP

Dr. Kerry Palakanis leads a White House-backed initiative to pilot drone delivery of medical supplies and equipment to Smith Island, MD, one...

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Lia Reich

Lia Reich

Senior Director of Communications and Marketing
PrecisionHawk

ASCEND & Drone360 Advisory Board

Lia Reich joined PrecisionHawk in 2013 to help transform the public...

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Jason McNally

Timothy Reuter

VP
Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

In addition to his work with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International...

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Jennifer Richter

Jennifer Richter

Partner
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld

Jennifer L. Richter is a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and is counsel to the CTIA/NASA UAS Spectrum Working Group. Jennifer...

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Sharon Rossmark

Sharon Rossmark

Chief Operating Officer
AeroVista Innovations

Drone360 Advisory Board

Sharon Rossmark is a licensed FAA Remote Pilot who also leads AeroVista's Women and Drones global...

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Jonathan Rupprecht

Jonathan B. Rupprecht

Commercial Pilot and Flight Instructor
Rupprecht Law

Forbes, Newsweek, Politico, NPR, Marketwatch, The Independent, Motherboard, Drone Analyst, and many other sources have...

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Patrick Sherman

Patrick Sherman

Author
Public speaker

ASCEND Advisory Board

Patrick Sherman is an internationally recognized expert in the drone community, the author of more...

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Ian Smith

Ian Smith

Host
Commercial Drones FM Podcast

Ian Smith's career spans 11+ years in aviation. He is the host of the Commercial Drones FM Podcast, which generated more than 100,000...

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Keith Smith

Keith Smith

CTO
Up Sonder

Keith Smith is an avid fan of aviation; he owns and operates a homebuilt aircraft, and is passionate about bringing modern technology into the...

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Landon Smith

Landon Smith

Senior UAS Pilot in Command
PrecisionHawk

Born and raised on his family's grain farm in Indiana, Landon Smith graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Organizational Leadership &...

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Colin Snow

Colin Snow

CEO and Founder
Skylogic Research

Colin Snow is CEO and Founder of Skylogic Research (also known as Drone Analyst®), a research, content, and advisory services firm for...

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Abby Speicher

Abby Speicher

CEO and Co-founder
DARTdrones Flight School

Abby Speicher started her first company when she was 17 and now shares her experiences to help others avoid pitfalls as they launch a drone...

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Maria Stefanopoulous

Maria Stefanopoulous

Production Manager
ABC News, Good Morning America

Maria Stefanopoulos is a two time Emmy Award Winning Production Manager at ABC News, Good Morning America. Maria was responsible for...

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Brenden Stewart

Brendan Stewart

President of Engineering
AeroVista Innovations

Brendan Stewart is the Co-Founder and President of Engineering of AeroVista Innovations. He oversees the engineering and pilot strategy for the...

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Kenji Sugahara

Kenji Sugahara

CEO, Ariascend Corp. and Principal, Dronescape Consulting

ASCEND Advisory Board

A five-year veteran drone pilot with a passion for aerial cinematography and photography, Kenji Sugahara...

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Jennifer Urban

Jennifer Urban

Associate
Cozen O’Connor

Jennifer Urban focuses her practice on trade and transportation. She is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on Air & Space...

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Matt Waite

Matt Waite

Professor of Practice
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

ASCEND & Drone360 Advisory Board

Matt Waite teaches reporting and digital product development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln...

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Derek Waleko

Derek Waleko

CEO
Up Sonder

From senior advisor to the South Korean government to co-founder of a pioneering drone rental company, Derek Waleko has a rich business...

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Brad Ward

Brad Ward

President
Empire Unmanned

Ward has more than 14 years of experience in Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the both his military and civilian lifes. He entered the...

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Gretchen West

Gretchen West

Senior Advisor
Hogan Lovells US LLP

Gretchen West serves as Senior Advisor focusing on Innovation and Technology at Hogan Lovells and is a member of the firm’s Global...

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Brian Whiteside

Brian Whiteside

COO
Drone Complier

Brian Whiteside is a Navy veteran and former FA-18 pilot who has become an industry leader in the commercial application of unmanned technology...

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Jim Williams

James (Jim) H. Williams

Principal
Dentons

Jim Williams is a member of Dentons' Public Policy and Regulation practice and advises clients on issues related to aircraft and space operations with...

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Harrison Wolf

Harrison Wolf

President
Wolf UAS LLC

Harrison Wolf developed and teaches a course at USC titled Unmanned Aircraft System Safety & Risk Mitigation Strategies. He is...

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Michael Zirulnik

Michael Zirulnik

Executive Director | Program Manager
The Varsity Project, LLC

Michael Lee Zirulnik researches, teaches, and consults on organizational effectiveness, policy, negotiation, and intercultural...

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Brian Zvaigzne

Brian Zvaigzne

Technical expert
Roswell Flight Crew

Brian Zvaigzne is a skilled pilot and the technical expert for the Roswell Flight Test Crew. In that role, Zvaigzne maintains the multirotor...

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Additional Speakers – More Details Coming Soon

  • Suzanne El Moursi, President, Uplift Data Partners
 
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