Manager, Safe Autonomous System Operations (SASO) Project, NASA
Dr. Parimal Kopardekar serves as the Senior Engineer for Air Transportation Systems. Dr. Kopardekar has been conducting research to improve air transportation systems for the past 23 years. Dr. Kopardekar is a subject matter expert and recognized leader in aviation innovation focused on airspace operations, and he has extensive experience in autonomous systems and air traffic management. He enjoys generating new concepts and technologies to improve current operations and enable future air transportation system.
Paul J. Fraidenburgh
Paul J. FraidenburghAviation Practice Lawyer, Buchalter
Mr. Fraidenburgh has gained a national reputation for his representation of clients in the aviation and aerospace industry. The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and several other publications have quoted Mr. Fraidenburgh on issues in aviation and aerospace, and his clients are among the most cutting-edge technology companies in the world.
Jerry Davis
Jerry DavisChief Information Officer at NASA Ames Research Center
Jerry is the Director of the Information Technology Directorate and Chief Information Officer at NASA Ames Research Center located in the heart of Silicon Valley, California. Jerry’s primary mission is to provide thought leadership and technology solutions in support of NASA’s mission to answer mankind’s most pressing questions: How did we begin, are we alone and what is our future? In addition to his CIO role, Jerry also serves as the Program Executive for NASA’s global Security Operations Center. Previously, Jerry held the position as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Cyber Security at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for NASA and the Director of Information Assurance for the Department of Education. He has also held positions as a cyber security consultant and served with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) as a Special Operations Program Officer. Jerry is also a Fellow with the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, a Washington, DC Think Tank and a member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. Jerry is a decorated Marine Corps combat veteran and holds a master’s degree in network security from Capitol Technology University and has done doctoral studies in Information Systems. Jerry was recently selected as one of the top 50 CIOs in Silicon Valley for 2017. On three occasions, Jerry has been selected as one of the 50 most influential leaders in technology and has also been selected as the federal government CISO of the Year, the North American Security Executive of the Year and the Turner Broadcasting System Cybersecurity Trailblazer.
Craig Marcinkowski
Craig MarcinkowskiDirector of Strategy and Business Development for Gryphon Sensors
Craig Marcinkowski is Director of Strategy and Business Development for Gryphon Sensors, LLC an SRC Company. SRC is a research and development company with almost 60 years of experience in defense, environment and intelligence. Gryphon Sensors is focused on developing commercial sensor systems for the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the NAS (National Airspace System).
Mr. Marcinkowski has over 12 years of experience in the Defense and Aerospace industry, including software engineering, capture and program management, and domestic and international business development. As the Director of Strategy and Business Development for Gryphon Sensors, Mr. Marcinkowski is responsible for developing market and new product strategies, forming domestic and international partnerships, and capturing business in the highly exciting and fast growing market of UAS.
Greg Deeds
Greg DeedsTechnology Exploration Group
Greg Deeds is the CEO of Technology Exploration Group, an award winning rapid prototyping company. Mr. Deeds is the Chairman and President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of AUVSI, and serves as the vice-chair for the Consumer UAS Uncontrolled Flight Mitigation Study Team working group for the Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team, an industry-government collaboration.

Greg is a remote pilot with 31 years in the air, with 30+ years of software engineering experience.

David Hansell
David Hansellfacebook
David Hansell is the Global Aviation Policy Lead for Facebook and their High Altitude, Long Endurance UAS project; Aquila. In this role, David is working to harmonize the global regulatory environment for High-Altitude, Long Endurance UAS while partnering with civil aviation authorities and air navigation service providers worldwide to address the need for development of aviation regulations related to unmanned aircraft. Prior to coming to Facebook, David served as Director for Transportation Security Policy on the National Security Council, where he advanced policies across a broad spectrum of aviation issues for the White House, including both the Small UAS Registry and the implementation of Part 107. Dave previously served as an Intelligence Officer and National Security Liaison for both the FAA and TSA, an Air Traffic Controller in both tower and radar facilities and was an aircrew member and linguist for Air Force Special Operations Command flying on the AC-130.
Dan Czerwonka
Dan CzerwonkaGlobal Operations, Zipline International
As part of Zipline’s Global Operations team, Dan manages new deployments of flight centers around the world to deliver blood and medical supplies to remote medical clinics and hospitals. His focus is currently on opening new flight centers in Rwanda and Tanzania. He dreams big, loves his job and intends to change the world.

After graduating from Georgetown Law School, Dan worked as a structured finance attorney at a Wall Street law firm where he worked on the landmark Enron bankruptcy, and then co-founded and sold a defense subcontracting company.

Most recently, Dan worked in film and television, where he developed a computer-controlled camera stabilizing system. He holds a Part 107 sUAS operator license, likes to build electric bicycles, and plays ukulele.

Matt Parker
Matt ParkerVice President at Precision Integrated Programs
Matt Parker is Vice President at Precision Integrated Programs. Matt has been working in the unmanned aviation industry for 10 years, prior to which he served for 9 years in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his tenure working in unmanned aviation, Matt has overseen all facets of UAS service provision for USG and private sector clients, ranging from recruiting to program management to strategic development and advisory services. In his role at Precision, Matt has grown the Integrated division’s global operations into a portfolio of contracts supporting a variety of UAS initiatives ranging from USG contracts to humanitarian assistance interventions to environmental preservation and anti-poaching efforts.

Under Matt’s direction, Precision has domestically supported firefighting missions in the Pacific Northwest and focuses on reinvesting funds within Precision’s home state of Oregon through job creation and academic partnerships. He has counseled both private sector and government leaders on matters pertaining to UAS operations feasibility and provided comprehensive implementation recommendations and looks forward to the opportunities to advance this industry.

Richard Fields IV
Richard Fields IVBattalion Chief, Los Angeles Fire Department
A firefighter lead. Special Projects/Assignment/Fire, etc. (also mention if you have worked in any of those w/FC)
2010 LAFD Portal Project under Chief Peaks
2010 Interactive Learning Station Project (Apple computers and Apple TV)
2010 LAFD’s 1st Learning Management System (LMS) and online EMT
2011 iPad Project Deployment
2012 Information and Data Analysis Task Force
2012 LA Chamber of Commerce Technology Innovation Committee
2013 CM Bonin’s FIrST In Project (2nd iPad Deployment)
2015 LAFD UAV (drone) Project

7 year board member of the Los Angeles City Stentorians

Amit Ganjoo
Amit GanjooANRA Technologies
Amit Ganjoo is a serial entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of ANRA Technologies with over over 20 years of aviation, telecom and wireless experience in both the federal and the commercial space. He’s a licensed pilot and an experimental aircraft builder, following a lifelong passion in aviation. Until December, he acted as the co-chair for FCC’s Technical Advisory Council (TAC) for 5G and IoT, which included ground and airborne autonomous vehicles. He was the Director of Engineering and Principal Architect at Ericsson, providing telecom solutions to Commercial Customers and Federal Government, where he was the recipient of the Athena Award. He offers Commercial, Federal and Intelligence Community (IC) experience as a cleared Government contractor.

Amit was the Chief system architect for Navy 4G LTE Sea Pilot deployed as part of the U.S.S. Kearsarge Expeditionary Strike Group. He delivered a one of a kind turn-key, secure, airborne/afloat autonomous 4G LTE Network with applications to directly support the war fighter. Amit also architected the first ever approved classified security architecture for 4G LTE in line with NSA Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) framework. This architecture was assessed and approved for operational deployment in DOD by NSA in 2012

He holds a unique position within the telecom service layer community as a member of a global network consisting of only a few solution architects worldwide with deeper experience in this area.

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