Scheduled Speakers (subject to change - check back frequently as list is updated).
Keynote Speaker - Lisa Ellman: Parter at Hogan Lovells
Ms. Ellman is a partner and leading public policy lawyer at Hogan Lovells, where she co-chairs the firm’s global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group. Throughout her career, Lisa has worked to bridge the sizable knowledge gap between government policymaking and business innovation. In February 2015, Lisa was recognized in Fortune magazine's "Most Powerful Women" series for her efforts to integrate drones into the domestic airspace. Ms. Ellman has held a variety of positions at top levels of the Executive branch at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). In a series of presidential appointments, Lisa led work on high-priority policy initiatives for the Obama administration on issues spanning from open and transparent government to domestic use of UAS.
Most recently, she led the DOJ's effort to develop policy that would govern the use of UAS in the United States. She also represented DOJ in the federal interagency process, considering UAS-related policy issues that are shared across departments and agencies. Earlier in the Obama Administration, Lisa served in senior positions within three White House agencies: the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Office of Management and Budget/Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and the Office of Presidential Personnel.
Dr. Brian Argrow: Professor at University of Colorado Boulder, Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV)
William N. Chan: NASA Ames Research Center
John "JC" Coffey: NOAA UAS Program Office
John “JC” Coffey is currently the Executive Director, Unmanned Systems for the Cherokee Nation Technologies where he established and leads their unmanned program supporting several inter-agency and industry organizations in advancing unmanned systems in worldwide operations including Polar ice-breaker support. He provides governmental teams guidance for strategic and program planning, system test and evaluations, system engineering, program transition to operation. He is a guest lecturer, and has published several reports and articles on unmanned systems. He was awarded AUVSI’s “2015 Member of the Year”.
Alvin Brunner: Federal Aviation Administration Aviation Safety Inspector, UAS SW Region
Dr. John Engotowich: Deputy Director - NextGen Interagency Planning Office
Dr. Kenneth Sewell: Oklahoma State University Vice President for Research
Kenneth Sewell is Vice President for Research at Oklahoma State University. As OSU’s chief research officer, he is responsible for strategic research leadership university-wide; he also oversees the policies, offices, and service units that support and promote OSU’s research, scholarship, and creative artistry. Since joining OSU, Dr. Sewell has led the university in articulating its interdisciplinary research strengths…which prominently includes unmanned systems (http://research.okstate.edu/interdisciplinary-strengths/US). He has also focused his efforts on aligning OSU for closer collaboration with industrial and defense partners, in close coordination with the OSU Research Foundation (on which he serves as a board member). Dr. Sewell received his bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, then his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Kansas. He joined OSU in 2015 after serving as the Vice President for Research and Economic Development at the University of New Orleans, and in several roles (VP for Research included) at the University of North Texas.
Dr. Thomas L Landers: Dean - University of Oklahoma College of Engineering, AT&T Chair and Professor
Victor Bird: Executive Director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission
Victor Bird has been the Director of the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission since December 2002. Bird was named the recipient of the 2009 General Thomas P. Stafford Award, which recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Oklahoma aerospace industry and who honors the pioneering spirit of Gen. Stafford. In 2010 the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association recognized Bird with one of its highest honors, the Joseph B. “Doc” Hartranft Jr. Award, for his achievements in public policy that have advanced aviation and aerospace. Bird’s emphases are promoting the aerospace industry, one of the state’s largest industries and top employers; critical planning and development for the state’s air transportation system; making as many of the state’s 49 regional business airports as jet capable as possible; and encouraging public-private partnerships to promote the aerospace industry.
Under Bird’s leadership, the Commission has partnered with the Federal Aviation Administration to improve the state’s airport planning process, becoming a model for other states around the country. He was instrumental in the formation of the governor’s Aerospace Task Force in 2004, which resulted in several recommendations to ensure the viability and growth of the state’s aerospace industry. He was the driving force behind the passage of the Aerospace Industry Engineer Workforce Bill, the Aircraft Pilot and Passenger Protection Act, and the repeal of the sales tax on all maintenance, repair and overhaul transactions.
Before his appointment to the Aeronautics Commission, Bird was an attorney and veteran of state government. He served five years as an attorney with the Oklahoma State University Board of Regents and spent 12 years in the Attorney General’s office, ending his tenure as chief of the Civil Division. In 2010, Bird served as chair for the National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO), the first Oklahoman to hold that post in the 79-year history of the association, and was recently selected to serve as regional director for NASAO's Southwest Region. He served on Gov. Mary Fallin’s Aerospace Transition Working Group, and is an active member of the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development and the University of Oklahoma's aviation advisory board. He was recently named to the newly formed Defense Industry Alliance.
Bird earned his juris doctorate and bachelor’s degree from The University of Tulsa.
Matthew Lee: Mathew is one of the founding members of uAvionix. He is a designer, innovator, and product developer who received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Although classically trained as a ME, most of his effort is now spent doing embedded development, RF, and other EE based development activities.
Dr. Steven E. Koch: Director, NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory
Dr. Jamey Jacob is the Director of the Unmanned Systems Research Institute at OSU and the John Hendrix Chair and Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Oklahoma and M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He is presently the PI of the NSF Collaboration Leading Operational UAS Development for Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics, or CLOUD-MAP.
James L Grimsley: University of Oklahoma Associate Vice President for Research
James Grimsley is the founding president of the Unmanned Systems Alliance of Oklahoma (USA-OK). Mr. Grimsley is currently an Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma and also the President of DII, LLC. Mr. Grimsley has been an active advocate for the UAS industry at the state and federal levels and was named the "2014 Member of the Year" by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Mr. Grimsley has degrees in aerospace and mechanical engineering and has more than 26 years of experience in aviation and aerospace engineering.
Robert Doke: Oklahoma State Fire Marshall
Dr. Christopher A. Fiebrich: Associate Director, Oklahoma Climatological Survey.
Chris' research focus involves improving climate data through the use of automated weather stations. He has also published papers on data quality assurance, the history of weather observations , and meteorological instrumentation. Chris is Manager of the Oklahoma Mesonet. He works with all aspects of the Mesonet, from laboratory calibrations to site maintenance to Mesonet websites and outreach to teachers and emergency managers.
Professor Stephen E. Henderson: Judge Haskell A. Holloman Professor of Law The University of Oklahoma College of Law
Due to venue limitations, total registrations will be limited to 200 people. When we reach 200, we will stop registrations. Note that for our 2013 Summit in Norman, we reached maximum capacity several days before the event and had to stop registrations early.
If you plan to attend both the August 8th dinner and August 9th summit, you must register for both events.
For more information, contact USA-OK at firstname.lastname@example.org