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. In these roles, he focused on developing and advancing strategies and policies across the federal government and the private sector to promote innovation andaccelerate the benefits of federal investments in aviation and aeronautics. Before the FAA, Mike was Vice President of Civil Aviation at the Aerospace Industries Association, where he oversaw all activities on aviation-related issues and policy, includingthe areas of research and development, aviation infrastructure, and safety and security. At the same time, he was President of the National Center for Advanced Technologies, a non-profit corporation that assists the federal government by developing cooperative links between government, academia, and business on policy issues, with a focus on civil and military aerospace research and development. Mike also held position as the Director of Product Safety, Certification and Airworthiness at Sikorsky Aircraft with responsibilities spanning their entire product line. Before joining Sikorsky, he held a similar role at Pratt and Whitney.Mike received his Doctorate of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. He also holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University.
Dr. Parimal “PK” Kopardekar
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. He is the winner of the 2018 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (known as the Oscars for the federal workforce) in the “Promising Innovations” category. He has published over 50 conference and journal papers with three best paper awards, delivered more than 15 keynote talks at national and international conferences, and participates as an expert with media on topics related to unmanned aircraft systems, urban air mobility, and autonomy. He is a Fellow of the American Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and recipient of numerous NASA awards including Outstanding Leadership Medal and Engineer of the Year. He holds a doctorate and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and bachelor’s degree in production engineering. He serves as the co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Aerospace Operations.
Airframe Designs for Urban Air Mobility
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Dr. Val PetrovFounder and CTO of PteroDynamics, Inc.
Dr. Val Petrov is the Founder and CTO of PteroDynamics Inc. He earned a Master’s Degree in Applied Mathematics from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, a Ph. D. in Physical Chemistry from West Virginia University, and did Post Doctoral research in Nonlinear Dynamics at University of Texas at Austin. He founded PteroDynamics in 2017, after he had successfully flown the first prototype of his newly invented distance VTOL airframe design he dubbed “Transwing.” This was the logical next step in Dr. Petrov’s journey of building experimental aircraft and related innovations, which began when he built his first fly-by-wire airplane from scratch at the age of eight. Dr. Petrov built numerous experimental aircraft, including VTOL and high altitude vehicles, and developed many related innovations in flight control and navigation systems and airborne communications systems. In his role as CTO for PteroDynamics, Dr. Petrov oversees the company’s research and development and commercialization of designs for its aircraft.
Technical 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.
Oliver has been a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EEA) and of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) for over 20 years, and participated to Oshkosh Airventure several times.
EMERGENCE OF URBAN AIR MOBILITY moderated by NASA
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William Chan, Project 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
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Dean Donovan has 15 years of investment experience following a 14-year career at Bain & Company where he led the aviation and auto practices among other accomplishments. He also served as CEO and COO at two software companies and co-founded CMA, an analytic services provider to the travel industry. Dean sits on the Volaris and Prophet boards and is Chairman of Stellar. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude and Honors from UC Berkeley, he began his career in software before earning an MBA with Honors at Wharton Business School.
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The NASA $1 Million Grand Challenge for UAM
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