Preparing the Drone Workforce

Hosted by NACCE | AGENDA | Wednesday, June 10

Session 2 of 4 | Preparing the Drone Workforce

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | 1:00 - 4:00 pm EST

Session Segment / Title

Facilitator / Organization

Start Time

Session Overview & Introduction

Leah Deppert
Director of Marketing & Communications, NACCE

1:00 p.m.

UAS Test Sites 

Facilitator: Meghan Salter
Fifth Grade Gifted Teacher, Martha Elementary School, Cabell County Schools (Barboursville, WV)


  • Matt Scassero, Director, UAS Test Site, University of Maryland (California, MD)
  • Chris Tysor, Program Manager, Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Blacksburg, VA)

1:03 p.m.

UAS Research Initiatives

Facilitator: Dr. Chad Knights
Provost of Information and Engineering Technologies, Northern Virginia Community College
(Annandale, VA)


  • Dr. Rudra Dutta, Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering, North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
  • Henry Cathey, Deputy Director, Physical Science Laboratory, New Mexico State University
  • Dr. Hans C. Mumm, Faculty, Criminal Justice Department, California University of Pennsylvania (California, PA)

1:45 p.m.


2:30 p.m.

Training for Application of Drones in Key Sectors

Facilitator: Dr. Will Austin
President, Warren County Community College
(Washington, NJ)


  • Joe Campbell, Bridge Engineer, Federal Highway Administration (Saint Paul, MN)
  • Daniel Kestner, GIS Supervisor, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) (Big Stone Gap, VA)
  • C. Daniel Prather, President, DPrather Aviation Solutions, LLC, and Professor of Aviation Science, California Baptist University (Riverside, CA)
  • Amber L. Wilson, Aviation Technology Manager, Virginia Department of Aviation (Richmond, VA)
  • Albert Wynn III, Associate Director, Wakulla Environmental Institute, Tallahassee Community College (Crawfordville, FL)

2:45 p.m.

Wrap-up / Q&A

Leah Deppert

4:00 p.m.