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2023 Agenda

Monday, October 9

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm UAS Summit & Expo Opening Reception at Grand Sky
*Must Be Registered

Tuesday, October 10

8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Welcome & Awards
  • John Nelson, BBI International
9:00 am - 10:00 am Discussion with U.S. Senator John Hoeven
  • Guest: General B. Chance Saltzman
    Chief of Space Operations, United States Space Force
10:00 am - 10:20 am Grand Forks Air Force Base Presentation
  • Colonel Timothy Monroe
    319 Reconnaissance Wing Commander, Grand Forks Air Force Base
10:20 am - 10:40 am Fireside Chat: RangeHawk Update
Moderator: Mike Fridolfs, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Stanley Zipper, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Geoff Wilson, Test Resource Management Center
10:40 am – 11:35 am Clearing the Air: Exploring Detect-and-Avoid Solutions that Mitigate Dangers in the Airspace
Moderator: Nicholas Flom, Deloitte Consulting
  • Tom Furey, Sagetech Avionics
    How Mode 5 level 2B can Enhance Military Collision Avoidance
  • David Fulcher, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations
    Bridging the gap between SUAS and MALE UAS
  • Kraettli Epperson, Vigilant Aerospace Systems, Inc.
    Developing DAA for Large and Military UAS
11:35 am - 12:30 pm The Latest in Defense & Counter-UAS Technologies and Regulations
Moderator: Paul Snyder, University of North Dakota
  • Shawn Bullard, Duetto Group, LLC
    Counter UAS DHS policy to Include local and state law enforcement
  • Sreejith Vidhyadharan Nair, University of North Dakota
    Developing Counter-unmanned aircraft systems (C-UAS) using Smart Acoustic Sensors
  • Jeffrey Starr, D-Fend Solutions
    Innovative Next-Gen Cyber C-UAS Technologies to Protect Airspaces from Rogue Drones
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Innovation Stage
    FARMS: National Science Foundation Type-2 Regional Innovation Engine on AgTech
  • Brian Carroll, Emerging Prairie/Grand Farm
  • Dr. Frank Casey, North Dakota State University
  • Dr. Colleen M. Fitzgerald, North Dakota State University
  • Dr. Xin “Rex” Sun, North Dakota State University
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Discussion with U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer
  • Guest: General David W. Allvin
    Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force
2:30 pm - 3:10 pm How UAS Developments Enable Next-Generation Military Applications
Moderator: Cindy Graffeo, North Dakota State University
  • Ryan DeBusk, Northrop Grumman Corporation
    RQ-4 and its History of Leading Autonomy in ISR at Grand Forks
  • Matt Martin, CAE USA
    Synthetic Immersion: Developing the Next-Gen MQ-9 Training System for 6th Gen World
  • John Lettow, Vorbeck Materials
    4+1 Advanced Graphene Applications in UAS: Conformal Antennas, Conformal Sensor Arrays, EMI/HPM Mitigation, Radar Absorbing Coatings, and Systems Integration by Design
  • Dr. Zachary Krevor, Stratolaunch
    Hypersonic Test Applications for Test Resource Management Center’s SkyRange program
3:10 pm - 3:30 pm Networking Break
3:10 pm – 3:30 pm Innovation Stage
  • Jason Pendlum, Honeywell Aerospace
    High Altitude Atmospheric Data for UAS Flight Planning
3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Examining Opportunities for Growth and Optimization with Large UAVs
Moderator: Sissel Thorstensen, DragonFlyPads
  • Francis Govers, Bell Textron
    Safety for Complex Algorithms in Unmanned Systems
  • Richard Brasel, PteroDynamics Inc.
    PteroDynamics Inc. Transwing Vertical TakeOff UAS - Solving the Speed and Range Problem
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm From Policy to Practice: The Variety of Potential UAS Applications within Government
Moderator: Erik Amend, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Matthew Burgess, United States Geological Survey
    USGS National Uncrewed Systems Office: sUAS for Scientific Research and Remote Sensing Applications
  • William Howard, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission
    UAS for Transportation Incident Management
  • Travis Scott, Dedrone
    Drones as First Responders: Moving into the BVLOS Era
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Networking Reception
6:15 pm Buzzing at the Hive
Location: The Hive - Free Event
Limited Free Transportation to the Event - from UAS Summit - leaving at 6pm (Register for free bus transportation)

Wednesday, October 11

8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am - 9:30 am Updates from FAA's Counter-UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee
  • Abby Smith, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Matt Cornelius, Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA)
9:30 am - 10:00 am Presentation by Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota, Tammy Miller
10:00 am - 10:15 am The Implications of AI on Autonomous Systems, and UND’s Partnerships for Economic Development and Research
  • Andrew Armacost, University of North Dakota
10:15 am - 11:00 am Discussing National Security, Workforce Development, and Research Initiatives with UND
Moderator: Terri Zimmerman, Packet Digital and Botlink
  • Mark Askelson, Associate Vice President for Research – National Security
  • Robert Kraus, Dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
  • Brian Tande, Dean, College of Engineering and Mines
  • Bradley Rundquist, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
11:00 am – 11:20 am Pioneering the Future of Uncrewed Autonomous Systems: An Innovative Approach through Drone Racing and STEM Education
  • Kaleb Dschaak, Fenworks
  • Cathy White, Drone Racing General Manager and IT Director, Alexander Public Schools
  • Angel Ochoa, Student Racer, Alexander Public Schools
  • Noah Clooten, Student Racer, Devils Lake High School
11:20 am - 11:40 am How a ‘Collaborative Fleet’ Can Accelerate Adoption of Uncrewed Aircraft Systems for Commercial Applications
  • Stewart Marsh, Cambridge Consultants
11:40 am - 12:00 pm BVLOS Evolution - What the Past Year has Brung
  • Rob Knochenhauer, Censys Technologies
12:00 am - 12:15 pm The Hive - City of Grand Forks UAS Incubator
  • Johnny Ryan, Director of The Hive
12:15 am - 12:30 pm Trends and Best Practices in UAS Manufacturing
  • Michael Furmanski, Meadowlark Aircraft Company
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Networking Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Innovation Stage
  • Joe Darden, Iridium
    Monitored BVLOS White Paper
1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Grand Sky Weather Drone Powers ND Micro-Weather Service
Moderator: Don Berchoff, TruWeather Solutions
  • Gary Graeff, TruWeather Solutions
  • Jeffrey Spaeth, GrandSKY
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Data-Driven Solutions: How Big Data is Transforming the UAS Landscape
Moderator: Mike Gerdes, Workhorse Aerospace
  • Karthik Balaji, Aethero
    How UAS and Artificial Intelligence can help change the landscape of Building Maintenance & Renovation?
  • Tyler Dicks, Airspace Link, Inc.
    Revolutionizing Ground Risk Assessments for BVLOS Operations: From Part 107 to 135 with Airspace Link
  • William Cromarty, Kirkwall
    Securing the Prairie: Cybersecurity for Autonomous Systems
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm Networking Ice Cream Social
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Innovation Stage
  • Jacob Kristy, Elistair
    Tethered Drone Solutions
3:30 pm - 3:45 pm Safety-Focused Lithium-Ion Battery Development and Usage is Essential for UAS Market Growth
  • Terri Zimmerman, Botlink
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Liability- Identifying Exposure
  • Stacey Mesteth, Bridgemark Insurance Solutions
4:00 pm - 4:15 pm UAS Industry Consensus and Cooperation Critical to Regulatory Progress
  • Mike Gerdes, Workhorse Aerospace
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm R&D in Military Use Cases of Multi-UAS
  • Del Christman, Autodyne
4:30 pm Sessions Conclude
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm UND’s Networking Reception

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