• The Conference


Monday, August 22

7:00 am - 3:00 pm Exhibitor Move-In
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm UAS Student Access Day (Learn More)
Ballroom 5
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Summit & Expo Grand Opening & Welcome Reception
Ballroom 1-4
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Tuesday, August 23

7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast
Ballroom Foyer
8:00 am - 8:05 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Ballroom 5
  • Luke Geiver, Editor, UAS Magazine
  • 8:05 am – 8:35 am U.S. Air Force UAS Program Update and Way Ahead
    Ballroom 5
  • John Rauch, Brigadier General, Director of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Capabilities, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington D.C.
  • 8:35 am – 8:50 am Championing UAS In North Dakota And Beyond
    Ballroom 5
  • John Hoeven, U.S. Senator, North Dakota
  • 8:50 am – 9:20 am NASA’s Ultimate UAS Goals
    Ballroom 5
  • John Cavolowsky, Director, Airspace Operations and Safety Program, NASA
  • 9:20 am – 10:00 am Partnering With A Purpose: How UAS Industry Partners, NASA Can Work Together
    Safely Enabling BVLOS and LOS UAS Operations at Low-Altitude

    Ballroom 5
  • Moderator: Shawn Bullard, President, Duetto Group LLC
  • Chris Theisen, Director of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site
  • Craig Marcinkowski, Director of Strategy and Business Development, Gryphon Sensors (an SRC Company)
  • Joseph Burns, CEO, Sensurion Aerospace
  • Jaclyn Louis, Director of Government Relations and Senior Counsel, Intel Corp.
  • Terri Zimmerman, CEO, Packet Digital and Botlink
  • 10:00 am – 6:30 pm Expo Open
    Ballroom 1-4
    10:00 am – 10:30 am Refreshment Break In The Expo
    Ballroom 1-4
    10:30 am – 10:40 am Commercializing UAS From Washington D.C.
    Ballroom 5
  • Kevin Cramer, U.S. Representative, North Dakota
  • 10:40 am – 10:45 am Introduction To Large UAVs In U.S. Commercial Market: The Precedent-Setting UAV
    Ballroom 5
  • Drew Wrigley, Lieutenant Governor, North Dakota
  • 10:45 am – 11:05 am Elbit Systems Of America’s Large UAV Big Picture Plans: Precision Ag, Storm Damage Assessments, BVLOS
    Ballroom 5
  • Leanne Collazzo, Vice President, Commercial Aviation Solutions, Elbit Systems of America
  • 11:05 am – 11:15 am The Future Of UAS At The University of North Dakota
    Ballroom 5
  • Mark Kennedy, President, University of North Dakota
  • 11:15 am – 11:20 am Linking UAS Startups With End-Users
    Ballroom 5
  • Bruce Gjovig, CEO, UND Center For Innovation
  • 11:20 am – 11:40 am The Ultimate End-User Experience: Xcel Energy’s UAS Integration Vision
    Ballroom 5
  • Eileen Lockhart, UAS Team Lead, Xcel Energy
  • 11:40 am – Noon UAS Summit 10th Anniversary Special Presentation
    Ballroom 5
    Recognizing Milestone Moments In UAS: Past, Present and Future
  • Introduction By Delore Zimmerman, CEO Praxis Strategy Group
  • Byron Dorgan, Former U.S. Senator, North Dakota
  • Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch In The Expo
    Ballroom 1-4
    1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    1:30 pm – 1:50 pm
    UAS Breakout Session Panels
    Expanding The Runway: Operational Achievements And Next-Step Plans For Grand Sky UAS Business & Aviation Park
    Ballroom 5
  • Thomas Swoyer, President, Grand Sky Development Company
  • 1:50 pm – 2:10 pm The Proven Home For Large UAVs: Updates From The Grand Forks Air Force Base
    Ballroom 5
  • Introduction by Colonel Rodney Lewis, Commander of the 319th Air Base Wing, Grand Forks Air Force Base
  • Christopher Larson, Colonel, 69th Reconnaissance Commander, Grand Forks Air Force Base
  • 2:10 pm – 3:00 pm Building A Regional UAS Ecosystem
    Ballroom 5
  • Presenters To Include:
    - University of North Dakota
    - Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation
    - Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Special Legal Panel
    The Oriole Room
  • Moderator: Patrick C. Miller, Staff Writer, UAS Magazine
  • Sarah Nilsson, UAS State and Country Law Expert
  • Doug Marshall, Founder, TrueNorth Consulting, UAS Professor and Author
  • Melissa Coombes, U.S. Patent Attorney, Lee & Hayes
  • Greg Walden, former U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Chief Counsel, Small UAV Coalition, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
    Alerus Center Arena
    3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Fly Zone Interactive Presentations And Flight Demos (View Full Schedule)
    Alerus Center Arena
  • Flight Demonstration: Vertical Take Off and Landing Long Endurance Multi-Rotor UAS
    Participants: SkySkopes, Advanced Aircraft Company
  • Flight Demonstration and Demo Reel Unveiling: Drones Work Here: Building Momentum for North Dakota With ESPN, NY Times, Waterfowl Projects
    Participant: Launchboxx
  • Project Updates: Department of Homeland Security Using UAS For Infrastructure Inspection
    Participants: U.S. DHS National Protection and Programs Directorate
  • Product Unveiling and Demonstration: BVLOS Inspection Drone
    Participants: Sharper Shape, SkySkopes
  • Sensor Package Demonstration: Thermal Imaging
    Participants: Skyskopes
  • Special Northrop Grumman Announcement with Northland Community College
    Participants: Northrop Grumman Corp., Northland Community and Technical College
  • 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception In The Expo
    Ballroom 1-4

    Wednesday, August 24

    7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast In The Expo
    Ballroom 1-4
    7:00 am - 1:30 pm Expo Open
    Ballroom 1-4
    8:00 am – 8:05 am Opening Remarks
    8:05 am – 8:25 am Cracking the Code: Connecting UAS To Big Data Analytics
    Ballroom 5
  • Melissa Cragin, Executive Director, Midwest Big Data Hub
  • 8:25 am – 9:25 am Staying One Step Ahead Of The Rest: Northern Plains UAS Test Site Update
    Ballroom 5
  • Robert Becklund, Executive Director, Northern Plains UAS Test Site, NPUAST Team
  • Nicholas Flom, Director of Safety, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
  • Chris Theisen, Director of Research and Development, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
  • Trevor Woods, Director of Operations, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
  • Julie Theisen, Director of Business and Program Management, Northern Plains UAS Test Site
  • 9:25 am – 9:45 am Drone Public Policy 2.0
    Ballroom 5
  • Shawn Bullard, President, Duetto Group LLC
  • 9:45 am - 10:00 am U.S. Federal Aviation Administration UAS Update
    Ballroom 5
  • Barry Cooper, Great Lakes Regional Administrator, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am Refreshment Break In The Expo
    Ballroom 1-4
    10:30 am – 10:45 am The North Dakota ANG; Who We Are
    Ballroom 5
  • Ryan D. Ayers, Lieutenant Colonel, NDANG, Commander, 178th Reconnaissance Squadron
  • 10:45 am – Noon The Year In Review For Major UAS Manufacturers: Important Accomplishments, Commercial Efforts, Future Plans
    Ballroom 5
  • Mick Jaggers, Vice President and Program Manager Global Hawk, Northrop Grumman Corp.
  • Dan Fritz, Director of International Programs, Aircraft Systems, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc.
  • Charlton Evans, Program Manager for Commercial and Civil Unmanned Systems, Insitu Inc.
  • Gregg Shimp, Vice President of Engineering, Textron Systems, Unmanned Systems
  • Noon – 1:30 pm Lunch In The Expo
    Ballroom 1-4
    1:30 pm – 3:00 pm UAS Breakout Session Panels
    Perfecting The National Air Space: Situational Awareness And Detect-And-Avoid Breakthroughs
    Ballroom 5
  • James Cieplak, Senior Business Development Manager, Harris Corp.
  • Kevin Gallagher, President, Simulyze Inc.
  • Fabrice Kunzi, Project Engineer, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

  • Big Data: The UAS Lifecycle and Human Capital
    The Oriole Room
  • Moderator: Aaron Bergstrom, NDUS/UND HPC Specialist and UND Project Coordinator for Midwest Big Data Hub
  • Jamey Jacob, Director Unmanned Systems Research Institute, Oklahoma State University
  • Paul Gunderson, Director, Dakota Precision Ag Center, Lake Region State College
  • Martin Ossowski, Director, Center for Computationally Assisted Science & Technology, North Dakota State University
  • Melissa Cragin, Executive Director, Midwest Big Data Hub
  • Jerry Rostad, Assistant CIO, North Dakota University System, Core Technology Services
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Refreshment Break
    Ballroom Foyer
    3:30 pm – 5:00 pm UAS Breakout Session Panels
    UAS International Interest: Why UAS Firms Are Moving To The U.S.
  • Moderator: Terry Sando, UAS Sector Senior Manager, Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation
  • Utilizing UAS-Captured Data For Real-Time Analytics
    Ballroom 5
  • Presenting Companies:
    - Microsoft Corp.
    - Robot Aviation
    - eSmart

  • Powering-Up The Partnership: BVLOS Flights For Electric Utility Providers
    Ballroom 5
  • Tero Heinonen, Founder and CEO, Sharper Shape Inc.

  • Redefining, Realigning Drone-Gathered Information For Energy, Ag
    The Oriole Room
  • Reid Plumbo, Director of Product Management, Sentera
  • John Nowatzki, Extension Ag Machine Systems Specialist, North Dakota State University
  • J. Edward Kunz, Senior Project Manager, American Aerospace Inc.
  • 5:00 pm Summit Adjourns
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