UAS Conference in Cape May County New Jersey Features Innovation in Drones and Robotics
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The 4th Annual UAS Conference will be held Sept. 24-25, 2018.
This page was published for last year’s Conference;  it will be updated soon.

2017 UAS Conference Agenda

As speaker confirmations are received, this schedule will be continually updated.

Monday, October 16th 2017


  • Monday Breakfast -  sponsored by Cellular Tracking Technologies

10:00-11:00 KEYNOTES

  • Maj. General (ret.) Marke (“Hoot”) Gibson, FAA Senior Advisor on UAS
  • U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (Video, due to special overseas assignment)
  • Q and A / Discussion

11:15-12:00  RAPID-FIRE HOT TOPIX SESSION #1:  Brief presentations by several innovators active in the Cape May County drone program, early-stage UAS companies pushing the boundaries of UAS technologies:

  • American Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (AATI), by David Yoel, Founder and CEO
  • Cellular Tracking Technologies, LLC, by Casey Halverson, Founding Partner and COO
  • Drone Go Home, by Linda Ziemba, Founding CEO
  • Luftronix, LLC, by Klaus Sonnenheim, President, and Denise Spell, Vice President
  • Sky Scape Industries, LLC, by Nathan Ernst, Founding CEO

12:15 to 1:30  Boxed Lunch

  • During lunch, we’ll invite half of our Conference attendees to deliver 1-minute elevator speeches.  Mega-network!

1:45 to 3:15  PANEL:  Counter-UAS

  • Moderator:  Major General (ret.) Marke (“Hoot”) Gibson, FAA Senior Advisor on UAS
  • Brigadier General (ret.) William Marshall, Assistant Vice President for Technology Development and Special Projects at NJIT, N.J. Homeland Security Technology Systems Center
  • SFC Ronald Leach, New Jersey State Police, Special Operations Section
  • Craig Marcinkowski, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Gryphon Sensors
  • Jeff Sassinsky, President, Fovea Aero Systems

3:20-3:30   RAPID-FIRE HOT TOPIX SESSION #2:  Denise Spell, principal in both Luftronix and Currant, and Desi Matel-Anderson, principal of the Field Innovation Team, describe use (and grounding) of drones during relief efforts in Houston

3:30-3:40  RAPID-FIRE HOT TOPIX SESSION #3:  Rutgers School of Engineering Professor F. Javier Diaz will describe progress on the Naviator, an innovative combination drone system developed at Rutgers that can transition from flying to swimming underwater

Exhibitors open to 4:30

3:45 - @ 7:30   OFF-SITE TREK:  Attendees will be transported to the following locations, and returned to the Convention Hall after dinner

  • Naval Air Station Wildwood, sole training center for WWII naval air pilots and current site of historic aircraft
  • Optional tour of duneTech Incubator for interested parties

DINNER:   Dinner at Delaware River and Bay Terminal, hosted by Delaware River and Bay Authority

Tuesday, October 17th 2017

8:30 to 9:00 Continental Breakfast

  • Tuesday Breakfast -  sponsored by Maser Consulting P.A.

9:00-10:00  PANEL:  “Future of Human-Autonomy Teaming”

  • Moderator:  Dr. Patrick Szary, Associate Director, CAIT Institute, Rutgers University
  • Walter Holemans, Founder and Chief Engineer, Marine Robotics LLC
  • Desi Matel-Anderson, Principal, Field Innovation Team (“FIT”)

10:00-10:10  RAPID-FIRE HOT TOPIX SESSION #4:  Presentation by Cape May County Chamber of Commerce

10:15-11:45  PANEL:  “Value and Funding – How Do Analysts and Investors View UAS?”

  • Raymond Thek, Esq., Vice Chairman, Tech Group, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Matt Fanelli, Esq., Director of Strategy / Skyward, a Verizon Company
  • Eddie Obropta, Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer, Raptor Maps;  Graduate of Y Combinator

11:45 to 1:00  Lunch

  • At this lunch, Conference attendees who wish to deliver 1-minute elevator speeches will conclude their presentations.  Mega-network, indeed!

1:00-2:15  PANEL: “Current Legislative and Regulatory Scene”

  • Moderator:  Mark Aitken, AUVSI Director of Government Relations
  • Jennifer Ambrose, Esq., Team Lead for UAS Regulatory Policy and Outreach, FAA Office of Chief Counsel
  • Naveen Rao, Esq., Counsel for House Aviation Subcommittee

2:20-2:30:  RAPID-FIRE HOT TOPIX SESSION #5:  Glenn G. Stott. N.J. Department of Transportation, UAS Coordinator, reports on DOT’s recent conference with regulators from multiple states re use of UAS in matters affecting transportation infrastructure

2:30-3:45  PANEL:  Best Practices in an Evolving Commercial Drone World

  • Moderator:  David Yoel, Founder and CEO, American Aerospace Technologies, Inc.
  • Karen diMeo, Senior Technical UAS Advisor, Office of the Deputy Administrator, FAA
  • Matt Fanelli, Esq., Director of Strategy / Skyward, a Verizon Company
  • Charles (“Cliff”) Johnson, Research Engineer/Program Manager, FAA Technical Center
  • Rose Mooney, President and Founder of Archangel Aero, and former Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership

3:50-4:00  RAPID-FIRE HOT TOPIX SESSION #6 –  Eric Neiderman, Division Manager for Aviation Research, FAA Technical Center, on Fire Safety Research on Lithium Ion Batteries

Enjoy Cape May signature cocktails and hors d’oeurves at Convention Hall as you network and visit exhibitors, who will remain open until 5:30.

Wednesday, October 18th 2017

9:00-9:30  Continental Breakfast

9:45-10:45  ROUNDTABLE:  “UAS in First Response”

  • Moderated by Martin Pagliughi, Cape May County OEM Director
  • Michael Moriarity, Director, FEMA Region II
  • SFC Ronald Leach, New Jersey State Police, Special Operations Section
  • CWO Todd Wardwell, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay
  • David Yoel, Founder and CEO, American Aerospace Technologies, Inc.
  • Christopher Desmond, Principal Engineer, Network Engineering and Operations, Verizon Wireless
  • Matt Fanelli, Esq., Director of Strategy / Skyward, a Verizon Company
  • Jeff Doran, Senior Project Manager, Mutualink ,Inc.
  • James Eberwine, National Weather Service (ret.)

11:00-12:00  ROUNDTABLE:  “Use Cases Point to Future of UAS in Emergency Response”

  • Panelists will illustrate and discuss actual and prospective use cases, including “flying cell tower” proof of concept UAS test flights successfully conducted by Verizon and AATI with First Responders in Cape May County

NOON    Farewell Luncheon

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