The 2023 Global Autonomous Systems Conference was excited to welcome an incredible lineup of experts in the autonomous systems field to our inaugural conference, held August 9-11, 2023 in Anchorage, Alaska. Click on any speaker to learn more.


Dr. Anne Zink

Chief Medical Officer
The State of Alaska

Pat Pitney

University of Alaska

Cathy Cahill

Director, Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Michael Cruz

Director, Data & AI

Vinn White

Senior Advisor for Innovation, Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Transportation

Wayne Langerholc

Pennsylvania State Senator
Pennsylvania Senate

Pam Wood

Human Rights
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Nancy Dahlstrom

Lieutenant Governor
The State of Alaska

Dave Bronson

The Municipality of Anchorage

John Younkin

Director of Emerging Technologies
Collins Aerospace

Lisa Murkowski

Alaska State Senator
United States Senate

Mark Allan Guiod

Vice President
Lumark Technologies, Inc.


Nick Adkins

Deputy Director

Kevin Alexander

Director of Aviation Programs
UAF Community and Technical College

Ryan Anderson

Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilitiesv

Aaron Baczuk

Emergency Manager
City of Valdez, Alaska

Jonathan Bearce

Vice President, Flight and Test Operations

John Beaudet

Regional Sales Director
Silent Falcon UAS Technologies

Don Berchoff

Chief Executive Officer
TruWeather Solutions Inc.

Mark Billingsley

University of Alaska Fairbanks Center ICE

Jill Brandenberger

National Security Advisor
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Lance Brady

Chief, National Uncrewed Systems Office
United States Geological Survey

Bob Brock

Director of Aviation
Kansas Department of Transportation

Lee Butterfield

Education Director
Advanced Aerial Education

Jay Byam


Joe Carlton

Director, Communications & Signals
Alaska Railroad Corporation

Lorne Cass

Aero NowGen Solutions LLC

Rita Castonguay-Hunt

Regulations & Strategic Partnerships

Henry Cathey

Aerospace Division Director
New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory

Jacques Cloutier

Data Management Specialist
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company

Bryan Cole

Director, UxS Research Transition Office
NOAA Federal

Brian Connon

VP Ocean Mapping

Clarence Daniel

Community Development Division Director
Association of Village Council Presidents

Seth Danielson

Associate Professor
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Andrew Denney

R&D Engineer, Lead
Physical Science Laboratory / NMSU

Greg Dyer

Director-Aviation and Airspace Services

John S Eberhardt III

Chief Technology Officer

Jody Edmondson

The Alaska Blue Economy Center

Sam Enoka

Founder & CEO
Greensparc, Inc.

Matt Fladeland

Research Scientist, Airborne Science Manager
NASA Ames Research Center

Gregory Foster

Project Manager
Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration

Humberto Garcia

Directorate Fellow, Senior Technical Advisor
Idaho National Laboratory

Timothy Glassett

Avalanche and Artillery Program Manager
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

Joshua Gross

Emergency Manager Specialist
United States Coast Guard

Rahul Gupta

Managing Director of North America Infrastructure and Mobility Lead
Accenture Strategy and Consulting

Rich Hanowski

Director, Division of Freight, Transit & Heavy Vehicle Safety
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Michael Hatfield

Associate Director for Education, ACUASI
University of Alaska Fairbanks

David Heath

Principal Consultant
BBP Solutions

Jerry Hendrix

Director, Autonomous Aerospace Research
University of Alabama Huntsville

Jamey Jacob

Executive Directive, Oklahoma Aerospace Institute
Oklahoma State University

Clint Johnson

Chief, Alaska/Hawaii Regional Office
National Transportation Safety Board

Victor Joseph

Rural/Cultural Advisor
Center for Alaska Native Health Research, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Michael Jones

Research Assistant Professor of Economics
University of Alaska Anchorage – Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Manu Kalia

Co-founder & Head of Data Science
Greensparc Inc.

Tanya Kaquatosh

Senior Vice President of Administration
Doyon, Limited

Adam Kayser

Planning and Training Coordinator
Alaska Clean Seas

Ben Kellie

Entrepreneur in Residence
University of Alaska

Randy “Church” Kee

Senior Advisor, Arctic Security Affairs
Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies

Clay Koplin

Chief Executive Officer
Cordova Electric Cooperative

Dave Krause

Influential Drones

Andrew Krum

Senior Research Associate
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

Nettie La Belle-Hamer

Vice Chancellor for Research
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Francis LaChapelle

Vice President, Business Development

Troy LaRue

Division Operations Manager
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Barritt Lovelace

Vice President of UAS, AI and Reality Modeling
Collins Engineers, Inc.

Adam Low

Director T3 Alliance Alaska, UAF Upward Bound
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Steve (Lux) Luxion

Executive Director

Ryan Marlow

UAS Program Coordinator
State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Will Mason

Lieutenant / Waterways Management Division
U.S. Coast Guard

Adam McCullough

Alaska Geospatial Program Manager
NV5 Geospatial

Kyle Nordfors

UAS Chairman
Mountain Rescue Association/Weber County Search and Rescue

Matt Parker

Precision Integrated Programs, LLC

James Parrish

Business Director
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Jenn Player

Sr. Director of Aviation Regulatory Affairs
Skydio, Inc.

Tanya Parypa

NW Regional Director
National Security Innovation Network

Aaron Pierce

Chief Executive Officer
Pierce Aerospace

Linda Pulli

Executive Director, Global Supply Chain

Leonard Robertson

Acting CISO and Director of Cyber and Infrastructure Security
Office of Governor Mike Dunleavy

Randy Ruaro

Executive Director
Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority

Jennifer Schmidt

Associate Professor of Natural Resource Management & Policy
University of Alaska, Institute of Social and Economic Research

Tommy Sheridan

Associate Director
Alaska Blue Economy Center

Abigail Smith

Executive Director, UAS and Emerging Entrants Security
Federal Aviation Administration

Bill Smith

Chief Information Officer
State of Alaska

Elizabeth Soltys

Director of Advanced Air Mobility / Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management Global Campaign
Collins Aerospace | An RTX Business

Nazzareno “Kip” Spurio

Technology Director
Collins Aerospace

Hank Statscewich

Research Analyst
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Chris Stoner

Open Environmental Data Lead
AWS Open Data team

Tyson Lee Swetnam

Associate Professor
University of Arizona

Clayton Taylor

Sales Manager

Peter Webley

Associate Director of Research
Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft System Integration, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Steve Wackowski

State Director
Office of Senator Lisa Murkowski

Dave Whitmer

Director, Business of Operations
Global UAS Solutions

Dawn Zoldi

Chief Executive Officer & Founder
P3 Tech Consulting

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