The 2024 Global Autonomous Systems Conference is excited to welcome an incredible lineup of experts in the autonomous systems field to our second annual conference.

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Catherine Cahill

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

Michael F. O’Hare

Regional Administrator, Alaskan Region
Federal Aviation Administration

Kathy Thomas

FAA Aviation Safety Inspector
FAA Safety Standards Emerging Technology Division, Air Transportation Branch

Katie Thomson

Deputy Administrator
Federal Aviation Administration


Dr. Matthew Balazs

Research Assistant Professor
University of Alaska Fairbanks / Alaska Coastal Cooperative

Steven A. Bert

Senior Economist
Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State University

Lance R. Brady

Chief, National Uncrewed Systems Office
United States Geological Survey

Lee Butterfield

Director of Education
Advanced Aerial Education

Helena Buurman

Research Development Officer
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Lily Becker

Ted Stevens Foundation

Micah Campbell

Executive Director, UAS and Emerging Entrants Security
Federal Aviation Administration

Lorne Cass

Aero NowGen Solutions, LLC

Henry M. Cathey, Jr.

Aerospace Division Director
New Mexico State University Physical Science Laboratory

Nancy Dahlstrom

Lieutenant Governor
State of Alaska

Joe Darden

Director Aviation
Iridium Satellite

Greg Dyer

Director, Aviation and Airspace Services

Michelle Egan

Chief Communications Officer
Alyeska Pipeline Service Company

Vikki Ellison

Executive Vice President

Sam Enoka

Founder & CEO

Craig Fleener

Deputy Director
Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies

Michael Furmanski

Zephyr Systems Inc.

Keven Gambold

Chief Executive Officer
Unmanned Experts Inc.

Gideon Garcia

Vice President & General Manager
Northern Air Cargo

James L. Grimsley

Executive Director – Advanced Technology Initiatives
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Mark Guiod

Vice President
Lumark Technologies, Inc.

Matt Gutacker

Managing Principal
Alaska Remote Imaging

Dr. Michael Hatfield

Associate Director for Education, Associate Professor of Electrical/Aerospace Engineering
University of Alaska Fairbanks/Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration and CEM

Brian Hay

Security Works

John Illson

Senior Director, Safety & Regulatory Operations
Merlin Labs

Doug Isaacson

Chief Executive Officer
Minto Development Corporation

Mike Jones

Research Assistant Professor of Economics

Dan Justa

Vice President, Business Development
Drone Amplified

Manu Kalia

Greensparc Inc.

Daniel Knesek

Vice President of Commercial Operations
Grant Aviation

Josh Knight

Chief Operating Officer
Integer Technologies LLC

Dr. Kevin Kochersberger

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Arghya Kusum Das

Assistant Professor
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Troy LaRue

Division Operations Manager
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, Statewide Aviation

Troy Lofven

Cybersecurity Advisor
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Barritt Lovelace

Vice President
Collins Engineers, Inc.

Ryan Marlow

UAS Program Coordinator
Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities

Lynda McGilvary

Education Outreach Director
Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Colonel Timothy “Steiner” Meerstein

Pacific Air Forces Regional Support Center

Kyle Nordfors

Captain / UAS Chairman
Mountain Rescue Association

Charlene Ostbloom

Bloom Communications

Bryan Oakley

Supervisory Special Agent
Federal Bureau of Investigation

Dr. David B. O’Brien, Maj Gen (Ret.), USAF

Senior Vice President – Government Solutions
Reliable Robotics Corporation

Hillary Palmer

Geospatial Program Manager
Dewberry Alaska

Jimmy Parrish

Business Director
Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration

Aaron Pierce

Chief Executive Officer
Pierce Aerospace

Linda Pulli

Executive Director, Global Supply Chain

Leonard Robertson

Chief Technology Officer for Governance Risk and Compliance
State of Alaska – Office of Information Technology

Eyal Saiet

Airborne and Spatial Data Specialist
Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration

Robert Sears

Director, N-Wave
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Bill Smith

State Chief Information Officer
State of Alaska

Elizabeth Soltys

Chief Executive Officer

Tyson Swetnam

Research Associate Professor
University of Arizona

Peter Webley

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

John Younkin

Director of Emerging Technologies