URBAN AIR MOBILITY – UNMANNED TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT – AIRFRAMES – VENTURE CAPITAL
Dr. Michael (Mike) Romenowski
Michael Romanowski, Policy & Innovation Division, Director Aircraft Certification Service, Federal Aviation Administration
Dr. Michael (Mike) Romanowski is the FAA Aircraft Certification Service’s (AIR) Director of the Policy & Innovation Division (AIR-600).Prior to joining AIR, Mike was the FAA’s Director of Commercial Space Integration, where he provided executive leadership and direction for the evaluation and regulation of commercial spaceports, launches and reentries, and the integration of these operations within the National Airspace System. Mike also served as the FAA representative to the White House’s National Science and Technology Council and its Committee on Technology. He was the aviation advisor to the first-ever Chief Technology Officer of the United States during his time in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Mike also served as the FAA Director of NextGen Integration and Implementation, with responsibility for ensuring the integrated application, planning, programming, budgeting, and execution of FAA’s NextGen air traffic management modernization portfolio.
Dr. Eugene Tu
Dr. Eugene Tu is the Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, where he leads a staff of civil servants and contractors in providing critical research and development support that makes NASA’s and the nation’s aeronautics and space missions possible. Most recently, he was the Director of Exploration Technology at Ames. He began his career as a research scientist conducting computational fluid dynamics research on the steady and unsteady aerodynamics of complex aircraft configurations. He also served as the Program Manager for the agency-level High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) Program and led both IT Base and HPCC programs. In 2001, the two programs were combined into the Computing, Information and Communication Technology (CICT) Program and he was selected as the CICT Program Manager. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and MS and PhD in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University.
Connecting Unmanned Systems – From UAS to UAM
About the Panel:
This panel will discuss the spectrum and technology options that are under current discussion for CNS functions for UAS and UAM, both
domestically and internationally, and address the obstacles and hurdles that must be overcome.
Jennifer L. Richter is a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and represents a number of clients on UAS/drone strategy, development and operation. Jennifer has represented technology and communications companies and investors for more than two decades. She brings years of in-depth experience in the communications field to her clients in the industry, possessing an insider’s knowledge of the business, gained while serving as vice president and general counsel of a wireless communications company she helped to build and sell to Sprint Corporation.
Jennifer was a voting member on the FAA’s Aviation Rulemaking Committee that studied and made recommendations to the FAA Administrator regarding technology to enable remote tracking and identification of UAS. Jennifer is an active participant in NASA’s UTM working groups. She also is a subject matter expert on the FCC’s Technological Advisory Council on UAS and the Department of Homeland Security’s CIPAC that is studying how to protect critical infrastructure from drones. For the CTIA/NASA UAS Working Group, Jennifer is active with members, the FCC and the FAA on spectrum solutions for UAS.
John R. MooreAssociate Director, Mission Systems, Autonomy and Mission Engineering Solutions, Collins Aerospace
John R. Moore has over 38 years continuous experience in the aerospace industry, with the last 18 years working as unmanned aircraft system (UAS) aviation system architect at Collins Aerospace. Mr. Moore currently serves as chair of RTCA Special Committee 228 (SC-228) Minimum Performance Standards for Unmanned Aircraft Systems, which is developing industry consensus recommendations to the FAA for Detect and Avoid (DAA) and Command and Control (C2) standards to support UAS certification. He also has served the past 8 years as the Principal Investigator on a Cooperative Agreement with NASA developing a prototype Command and Non-Payload Communication (CNPC) system, which provided the basis SC-228 C2 standards provided to the FAA. Mr. Moore has served as Chief Engineer on multiple complex aircraft / avionics integration efforts, including KC-135 Global Air Traffic Management (GATM) and Fokker 100 flight deck avionics. Mr. Moore is an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He began his career at the Boeing Company before joining Collins Aerospace where he has been employed for the past 31 years.
Greg BelausNetwork Infrastructure, Uber Elevate
Greg Belaus is responsible for Network Infrastructure – Elevate at Uber.
Greg joined the Elevate team to build the communications foundation for Uber’s air mobility services, including the transportation of goods via Unmanned Aerial Systems and the transportation of people via Urban Air Mobility aerial ridesharing. He regularly contributes to related industry organizations, including the Commercial Drone Alliance and CTIA’s UAS/UAV working group, and was a member of the FAA’s UAS Identification and Tracking ARC.
Prior, Greg joined AT&T’s in 2010 and most recently was responsible for commercial UAS in IoT Smart Cities. After graduating MIT with a B.S E.E., Greg’s career began at Adobe where he worked on PostScript products. He then was Senior Director of Business Development at Immersion Corporation, a leader in haptics technology.
Greg currently lives in Silicon Valley.
Vanessa KurodaWireless & Comms Architect, Airbus UTM
Vanessa is currently working on identifying the communications challenges and requirements of integrating unmanned air systems (UAS) into the airspace as the Wireless & Communications Architect for Airbus UTM, the group designing the critical infrastructure which will allow new aircraft including air taxis and delivery drones to safely enter and share the skies of our future. Previously Vanessa was the Communications Subsystem Lead in the Engineering Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center for small spacecraft missions including BioSentinel, a deep space 6U nanosatellite and the Lunar Atmosphere Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) which successfully launched in 2013, among contributions to many other projects and collaborations. Before working full-time at Ames, she interned at JPL, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon.
Airframe Designs for Urban Air Mobility
About the Moderator:
Dr. Colin Theodore
Dr. Colin Theodore is the Chief Engineer for the NASA Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) project that is focused on developing and demonstrating enabling technologies for Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vehicles, airspace management and community integration through in-house research and industry partnerships, including the NASA UAM Grand Challenge series. He was formerly an associate project manager in the NASA Revolutionary Vertical Lift Technology project, which develops and validates tools, technologies and concepts to overcome key barriers to enable the next generation of vertical lift vehicles to expand current vehicle capabilities and develop new commercial markets, including Urban Air Mobility. He also led a 3-year research activity called Design Environment for Novel Vertical Lift Vehicles (DELIVER) that demonstrated the use of current VTOL design and analysis tools to address the specific challenges of UAM vehicles and operational concepts. He is the Regional Director for the Western Region of the Vertical Flight Society (VFS) and a member of the VFS Board of Directors.
Matthew GraczykCEO of PteroDynamics Inc.
Matthew is CEO of PteroDynamics Inc., which has developed a patented VTOL aircraft design called Transwing that folds/unfolds its wings during flight to transition between rotor wing and fixed wing configurations with the goal of having a much smaller size and greater stability in hover mode while also yielding a longer range and greater endurance for a given energy source and payload requirement. Matthew is as a serial techropreneur with six public company exits under his belt, including Zygot Computer, Pilot Network Services, US Interactive, Point.360, Kreido Biodiesel, and Zubican. He has spent the majority of the past 25 years leading technology companies, including taking numerous product ideas from concept through product launch and growth. Matthew received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University and studied Mechanical Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Bob ParksTechnical Fellow, Aurora Flight Sciences
Bob is currently a Technical Fellow at Aurora Flight Sciences, a subsidiary of Boeing. He mainly works on the design of non-traditional aircraft, including sub-scale and full scale prototyping. He has been working on VTOL aircraft professionally for 20 years, but has also worked on Mars aircraft, solar aircraft, submersible aircraft and even a few conventional aircraft. Prior to his present job, he was a Senior Engineer at zee.aero (now called KittyHawk and Cora), working on manned electric VTOL aircraft. Prior to that he was Chief Aircraft Designer for Aurora Flight Sciences. He has also worked as a designer on the Lockheed F-117 Stealth Fighter and as a consultant. He was a principal designer on the MIT Chrysalis, Light Eagle and Daedalus human powered aircraft, as well as a principal designer of the “Chicken Whisperers” Red Bull Flugtag aircraft that has held the world distance record since 2013. Bob has a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT and a Masters degree, also in Aero, from Stanford. He currently holds 22 US patents. He is a veteran of the US Coast Guard and an Associate Fellow in the AIAA. He was recently awarded the 2019 AIAA Aircraft Design Award for lifetime achievement in the field.
Oliver GarrowFounder, Sabrewing
Oliver Garrow : CTO and co-founder of Sabrewing Aircraft Co inc. Oliverís experience in the UAV and drone world is extended. He is a multi-discipline engineer in composites, mechanical, aerospace, electronics, aircraft design, controls, CAD, simulations, flight sim and flight test. He started work on his first design over 15 years ago, building the first of what would be many innovative designs ñ from ducted fans to box wings to tilt-wings.
Oliver has built and demonstrated over 12 VTOL drones in the last 12 years, plus a manned experimental aircraft, and has several patents in the field of manned and unmanned aircraft. Oliverís experience includes extensive wind tunnel tests at NASA Ames, UAV flight test at Moffett Field, California and Crows Landing in Central California.
Oliver has a MS in Computer Sciences from ENSEA-Paris and a BS in Electrical Engineering UPS-Toulouse (France). Oliver and Ed, co-founders of Sabrewing Aircraft, have been working together on a various projects since 2014. Sabrewing is Oliver’s 3rd Aerospace startup.
Clint CopeCo-Founder and VP of Engineering, Elroy Air
Clint Cope is Co-Founder & VP, Engineering at Elroy Air, a producer of hybrid electric,transitioning VTOL unmanned aircraft that carry 300lbs of cargo up to 300 miles. Prior to Elroy Air, Clint led the Mechanical Engineering teams at Airware and 3D Robotics. He’s worked both internally and as an advisor with small and large companies to help teams understand stakeholder needs, forge product development paths, achieve project & manufacturing goals, and bring successful products to life. Along with his work in UAVs, Clint has contributed to the development of medical devices, architecture, industrial & consumer products and automotive performance components. He holds a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Syracuse University and Masters of Industrial Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
EMERGENCE OF URBAN AIR MOBILITY moderated by NASA
About the Moderator:
Dr. Parimal “PK” Koparkedar, NASA
Parimal Kopardekar (PK) serves as the Acting Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI). In that capacity, he is responsible for exploring new trends and needs related to aviation in the areas of autonomy, aeronautics manufacturing, and advanced air mobility. He also serves as NASA’s senior technologist for Air Transportation Systems and principal investigator for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) project. He was formerly manager of the NASA’s Safe Autonomous System Operations Project, which developed autonomy related concepts, technologies and architectures that will increase efficiency, safety, and capacity of airspace operations. Prior to that, he managed Next Generation Air Transportation Systems (NextGen) Concepts and Technology Development Project. He enjoys initiating new concepts and technology ideas that increase airspace capacity and throughput, reduce delays, and reduce the total cost of air transportation. At NASA, he has initiated many innovative research projects including reduced crew operations, net-enabled air traffic management, autonomy for airspace operations, Shadow-Mode Assessment using Realistic Technologies for the National Airspace System (SMART NAS), and low-altitude airspace management system focused on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations. In 2017, he was named among the 25 most influential people in commercial drone industry.
Florian-Michael AdolfHead of Autonomous Flight, Volocopter
Florian has been a roboticist for over 15 years and joined Volocopter as Head of Autonomous Flight in 2018.
He received his Computer Science degree in 2003 (Trier University), and a M.Sc. in Autonomous Systems in 2006 (Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University). Since the beginning, Florian worked not only on autonomous functions for multiple aircraft platforms but also on the complex task of validation and verification thereof.
As a former team lead at DLR’s Institute of Flight Systems (German Aerospace Center) his work has contributed to the foundation for autonomous self-piloting capabilities of drones.
Florian served as Subject Matter Expert on Unmanned Flight to the board of directors at the DLR Liaison Office in Washington D.C. in 2017.
The results of his work from over more than a decade were published in renown international journals and his code base flew onboard various missions across a whole fleet of unmanned and optionally piloted aircraft.
Mike HirschbergExecutive Director, Vertical Flight Society
Mike Hirschberg assumed the duties of Executive Director of the Vertical Flight Society (then known as the American Helicopter Society, Inc.) on June 1, 2011, after 20 years in the aerospace industry, primarily in vertical flight. As the Executive Director, he is responsible for the execution of the strategic direction set by the Society’s Board of Directors.
He represents the vertical flight technical community and advocates for the advancement of vertical flight research and technology to the executive and legislative branches of the government. Mr. Hirschberg is the publisher of all society publications, including Vertiflite, the Journal of the AHS, and the Annual Forum Proceedings.
Dave Merrill Co-Founder and CEO, Elroy Air
Dave Merrill is the co-founder and CEO of Elroy Air, a company dedicated to expanding the reach of express logistics with advanced vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) cargo aircraft systems. The company’s first aircraft – the Chaparral – is designed for fully-automated flight and cargo-handling with lightweight modular containers, and will carry 300 lbs of payload with a 300 mi range.
Dave is a technology executive and startup founder with a background in computer science and robotic+interactive systems. Alumnus of MIT and Stanford Computer Science and Symbolic Systems, TED speaker, and experienced startup-builder. His work and companies have been featured by the Discovery Channel, Popular Science, Wired, TechCrunch, the New York Times, Forbes, Vertiflite and Aviation Week.
William ChanProject Manager, Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X), NASA
Mr. William Chan is the Project Manager for the ATM-X project. Previously, he conducted air traffic management research and held multiple Branch Chief positions at NASA Ames where he supervised air traffic management research groups. Prior to joining NASA, he was a flight test engineer for the C-17 program at Edwards Air Force Base and a lecturer in the Meteorology Department at San Jose State University. He earned Bachelor degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Physics from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and an M.S. in Meteorology from San Jose State University with a research focus on aviation turbulence.
Jim TigheChief Technical Officer, Wisk
A Collier Trophy and X-Prize winning engineer, Jim oversees product design, product technical requirements, and the roadmap for all current and future efforts. Before joining the company, he worked at Kitty Hawk as CTO and served as chief aerodynamicist for Scaled Composites, working on the
SpaceShipOne project, as well as Firebird, an optionally piloted UAV and TX, a T-38 demonstrator. He was project engineer and flight director for most of the SpaceShipTwo program and had critical roles in Global Flyer, and other proprietary projects. He also worked in Boeing’s Commercial Airplane Group, working with the stability and control group for the 777-200/300ER programs, supporting wind tunnel tests, simulator development and analytics. While at Scaled Composites, Jim received the Design News Engineer of the Year Award and was named Distinguished Alumni at his alma mater, the University of Colorado.
About the Moderator:
Dr. Lance Eliot
Dr. Lance Eliot is founder of Techbrium Inc. and a Forbes online contributor. A globally recognized expert on AI Autonomous Vehicles, his columns have amassed over 1 million views and his podcasts have exceeded over 100,000 downloads. Formerly a professor at the University of Southern California (USC), he headed a pioneering AI research lab that received grants from the DoD, NSF, and various private firms. He has been a corporate officer in billion dollar sized companies, and is a successful entrepreneur that founded, ran, and sold several high-tech startups. Most recently he was a top executive at a major Venture Capital (VC) firm, and is well-known for his innovative book on how founders can best pitch to investors. He serves as a startup pitch judge, along with being a mentor at several incubators and accelerators, and is an angel investor.
Brian FlynnManaging Director, Diamonstream Partners
Brian Charles Flynn, Jr. Mr. Flynn co-founded DiamondStream, an investment firm focused on travel and aviation investments enabling and benefitting from innovative aviation technologies. Mr. Flynn co-founded Volaris (NYSE: VLRS), Mexico’s largest airline, and Casino Marketing Alliance, a travel analytics firm, with Mr. Donovan. He was previously a Managing Director at Bachow & Associates, the then largest private equity fund in Philadelphia as well as CEO of Innova Corporation, a leading telecom equipment company that resulted in a 22x return for investors. Mr. Flynn was also a consultant at Bain and Company, where he met Mr. Donovan as well as worked for DLJ in investment banking and GE Capital in finance. Mr. Flynn is a Beta Gamma Sigma graduate of Columbia Business School and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College.
Peter ShannonFounder and Managing Director, Radius Capital
Peter Shannon has built his career as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist focusing on transportation technologies, with current focus on advanced aerial mobility and its application toward positive impact for transportation across the economy.
Peter is active in the aviation community around regulatory and technology issues critical to enabling high-scale adoption of aerial mobility systems. Peter is helping define a national vision and roadmap for Urban Air Mobility as a member of the Committee on Urban Air Mobility Research and Technology through the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Through the National Academies, Peter is also an appointee to NASA’s Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable. Peter is involved in the FAA’s Unmanned Aerial System Integration Pilot Program as an advisor to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and sits on committees developing standards for unmanned air traffic management, vehicle certification, and urban air mobility.
Fireside Chat with NASA, DHS and White House
Director, NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI), NASA ARC
Parimal Kopardekar (PK) serves as the Acting Director of NASA Aeronautics Research Institute (NARI). In that capacity, he is responsible for exploring new trends and needs related to aviation in the areas of autonomy, aeronautics manufacturing, and advanced air mobility. He also serves as NASA’s senior technologist for Air Transportation Systems and principal investigator for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management (UTM) project. He was formerly manager of the NASA’s Safe Autonomous System Operations Project, which developed autonomy related concepts, technologies and architectures that will increase efficiency, safety, and capacity of airspace operations. Prior to that, he managed Next Generation Air Transportation Systems (NextGen) Concepts and Technology Development Project.
Patrick LinPresidential Fellow & Senior Innovation Advisor at White House
Patrick Lin is currently working with the US Government as a Presidential Fellow to lead innovation.
Most recently, Patrick led the autonomous driving team for Ford in Asia. His responsibilities included innovating transportation ecosystems for the cities of tomorrow. Previously with Ford, he managed the corporate strategy teams as well as the Smart Mobility teams in the Asia Pacific region.
Melissa OhManaging Director, Silicon Valley Innovation Program, DHS S&T
Melissa Oh is the Managing Director for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). She is responsible for engaging entrepreneurs and innovators to help them better understand DHS’s mission and widen the pipeline of technologies addressing our most difficult homeland security challenges.
Mrs. Oh has been at DHS since December 2002 and at S&T since September 2004 serving in several positions, prior to her current role, in Business and Finance Operations and Program Management across the Cyber Security and Border & Maritime Security Divisions. Mrs. Oh holds a B.S. in Cognitive Science, specializing in Neuroscience, from the University of California at San Diego and a M.S. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.
PATENTS PENDING: THE PATENT LANDSCAPE FOR DRONES AND UAM
John Wechkin, Partner, Perkins Coie
This presentation will include a brief overview of patents, followed by a discussion of the relevance of patents to the UAM technology space.
ICAO Update: Trust Framework
Greg Deeds, Chairman & President, Silicon Valley AUVSI
Founder, Technology Exploration Group, Inc.
David Thipphavong, NASA
David Thipphavong is the Urban Air Mobility Sub-Project Manager for NASA’s Air Traffic Management-eXploration (ATM-X) project. He has worked on air traffic management at NASA Ames Research Center since 2007. His past experience includes establishing standards for Detect-And-Avoid systems towards integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the National Airspace System, developing conflict detection and resolution algorithms for aircraft separation, and improving the accuracy of aircraft trajectory predictors. While working at NASA, he earned an M.S. in Management Science & Engineering at Stanford University with a focus on Operations Research.
International Trade Administration Briefing
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration