Preparing the Drone Workforce

Hosted by NACCE | AGENDA | Wednesday, June 24

Session 4 of 4 | Preparing the Drone Workforce

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 1:00 - 4:30 pm EST

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Session Segment / Title

Facilitator / Organization

Start Time

Session Overview & Introduction

Leah Loch (Deppert)
Director of Marketing & Communications, NACCE

1:00 p.m.

Federal Agency Perspectives

Facilitator: Dr. David Bowles
Executive Director for the Virginia Institute for Spaceflight and Autonomy, Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)


  • Jennifer G. Laird, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Lead, Environmental Systems Branch, S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, together with John Eads, UAS instructor, Hinds Community College (Vicksburg, MS)
  • James S. Gray, PE, UAS and Construction Technology Engineer, Office of Infrastructure, Federal Highway Administration (Washington, D.C.)
  • Michelle Ferebee, Deputy Director, Office of Strategic Analysis Communications and Business Development, NASA Langley Research Center (Hampton, VA)
  • Brent Cotton, Director, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate, Countering Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS) (Washington, DC) together with Jens Moe

1:03 p.m.

UAS Collegiate
Training Initiative

Facilitator: Dr. Amber L. Wilson
Aviation Technology Manager, Virginia Department of Aviation (Richmond, VA)


  • Alina C. George, Business & Planning Analyst, Planning & Performance Branch, Federal Aviation Administration (Washington, DC)
  • Scott Gore, Senior Congressional Liaison, Federal Aviation Administration (Washington, DC)
  • Diana Robinson, Project Specialist, UAS Integration Office, Federal Aviation Administration (Washington, DC)

2:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m.

Industry Perspectives on 
What's Ahead

Facilitator: Dr. David Bowles
Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)


  • Peter Bale, CEO, Sentinel Robotics Solutions (Wallops Island, VA)
  • Tim Tingler, President and Founder, Quest Knight Enterprises (Leesburg, VA)
  • Tracy Tynan, Director, Virginia Unmanned Systems, Center for Innovative Technology (Herndon, VA)

3:15 p.m.

UAS Demonstrations

Facilitator: Dr. John Rainone
President, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (Clifton Forge, VA)

Demonstrations by:

  • Chris Sadler, Deputy Chief, York County Department of Fire and Life Safety (Yorktown, VA)

4:00 p.m.

Wrap-up / Q&A

Leah Deppert

4:30 p.m.