• The Conference

2018 Agenda


Monday, August 20

12:00 pm – 12:05 pm Welcoming and Opening Remarks
UAS Summit organizers
12:05 pm – 12:25 pm U.S. Senator John Hoeven, North Dakota
12:25 pm – 12:45 pm U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota
12:45 pm – 1:00 pm The Evolution—past and future—of UAS at Grand Forks Air Force Base
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Overseeing Global Hawk Sustainment At Robins Air Force Base
  • Brigadier General John Kubinec, Commander, Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, Robins Air Force Base
1:30 pm – 2:05 pm Leveraging Increasing Large UAV Activity: North Dakota’s Position For The Future
  • Grand Sky: How Northrop Grumman is helping Shape Autonomous Flight in North Dakota
    David Hambleton, Grand Sky Program Manager, Autonomous Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
2:05 pm – 2:30 pm How the ASSURE FAA COE Is Helping the FAA Craft Rules, Regulations and Strategies For Expanded UAS Possibilities
  • Mark Askelson, Executive Director, Research Institute for Autonomous Systems
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm Elevating Commercialization Through Technology and Innovation: How Remote Sensing and Data Analytics Are Changing The Pipeline Industry
  • Kasey Gorman, Key Account Manager, O&G, Insitu
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Breakout Sessions
UAS Commercial Match Presentations
UAS service providers are matched with attendees from their main client base (current or future prospects) to explain the operations, technicalities and opportunities of their services.
End-use clients attending the presentation will be invited from the following sectors:
  • Utility and power inspection
    Presentations from: Sharper Shape
  • Energy, oil, gas
    Presentations from: SkySkopes
  • Survey
    Presenters from: SC Recon
  • Media Production
    Presentations from: Altitude Motion Media
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm The Realities of Counter UAS: How Real-World Technology Can Be Used in Real-World Situations
  • Clint Russell, Enterprise Manager, Dedrone
  • Joseph Vacek, Professor, University of North Dakota Aerospace
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm Taking Robotics Skyward: Evolving Transportation Toward Autonomy
  • Eric Ringer, Director of Aviation Technology, Skyward
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception

Tuesday, August 21

7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am – 8:35 am Morning Announcements
8:35 am – 9:00 am Presentation to be announced
9:00 am – 9:40 am Keynote Presentation Heather Wilson, United States Secretary of the Air Force
9:40 am – 10:00 am Representative Kevin Cramer, U.S. Congress, North Dakota
10:00 am – 1:30pm Expo Open
10:00 am – 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
10:30 am – 10:50 am University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy
10:50 am – 11:10 am Global Hawk: 20 Years on Station, Innovating for More
  • Lauren Stevens, Global Hawk Program Manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
11:10 am – 12:00 pm Investing In UAS: What VC’s, Government Agencies Look For In UAS Companies
  • Shawn Bullard, President, Duetto Group
  • Tyler Sletten, Entrepreneur Consultant, University of North Dakota Center For Innovation
  • Greg Syrup, General Partner, 701 Angel Fund
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm UAS Service Suppliers: The Models That Generate Real Revenue
  • BVLOS Drone Operations For Turf Management: Lessons Learned That Will Apply To Multiple Scenarios
    Rob Knochenhauer
    , Director of Flight Ops & Regulatory Affairs, GreenSight Agronomics
  • Terry Sando, Business Manager UAS Operations, eSmart Systems US, Inc.
  • New Models for Integration of UAS into the NAS: Airspace Management as a Service
    Kraettli Epperson
    , CEO, Vigilant Aerospace Systems
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm UAS-related operations demonstrations


Nokia 3210 and the Future of Drone Delivery
  • Presentation from EASE Drones
A New Round For Drone Delivery Options
  • Presentation from Flytrex
The Herbicide Drone Sprayer In Action: North Dakota State University’s Drone Sprayer Prototype Featuring a 6-foot Boom
  • Presentations by North Dakota State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Expo Open
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Networking Reception in the Expo

Wednesday, August 22

7:30 am – 1:30 pm Expo Open
7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast in the Expo
8:30 am – 8:35 am Opening Remarks
8:35 am – 10:00 am The Leading View: Updates From Northern Plains UAS Test Site Operations—FAA Pilot Program Work, BVLOS Accomplishments, Future Partners
Ballroom 5
  • Nicholas Flom, Executive Director
  • Chris Theisen, Director of Research & Development
  • Trevor Woods, Director of Safety
  • Jakee Stoltz, Operations Manager
10:00 am – 10:30 am Refreshment Break in the Expo
10:30 am – 11:00 am General Atomics-ASI Large Civil UAS Operations
  • Stephan Dupourque, Program Manager, FAA/FCC Certification & Compliance, Domestic Programs, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Leadtime Apocalypse: Risk in the UAS Electronics Supply Chain
  • Jay Schmidt, Executive Vice President, Silicon Forest Electronics
  • Dustin Carlson, Manager, Western Region, Digi-Key Corp.
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch in the Expo
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm RIAS'ing To the Challenge: UND's Grand Challenge Innovation for Realizing Your UAS Goals
  • Mark Askelson (Moderator), Interim Executive Director of the Research Institute for Autonomous Systems (RIAS)
  • Jeremiah Neubert,RIAS Focus Area Lead for Applications, University of North Dakota
  • Prakash Ranganathan, RIAS Focus Area Lead for Data Supply Chain and Cybersecurity, University of North Dakota
  • Jason Jensen, RIAS Focus Area Lead for Policy, University of North Dakota
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm Building Next Gen Platforms: Solar Power and Advanced Additives Options For UAVs
  • Glen Hillier, Development Manager, Microlink Devices
  • Jesse Hanssen, Business Development Manager, AdvancedTek
2:30 pmSummit Adjourns

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