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Unmanned Systems Academic Summit - 2022

September 22, 2022, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT Sinclair College | Dayton, OH

The 8th annual Unmanned Systems Academic Summit will include invited experts providing engaging presentations related to their work in unmanned systems research and development, education and training, commercialization, and technology transfer.

This year's proceedings will again occur online, with registered attendees gaining access to the live event for opportunities to ask questions of the speakers following each presentation. Additionally, the event will be recorded to provide the conference proceedings to both those that attended the live event and to anyone that may register following the Summit, but who still wish to access the content.

Because the event is virtual in 2022, each registration will include a voucher for a free Introduction to UAS Simulation and Flying lab experience, a $30 value. Summit attendees may choose to use their voucher themselves, give it away, or donate it for use by a high school student from the Dayton, Ohio region. All vouchers will expire by June 30, 2023 if not redeemed.

Registration Fee: $30/person

For further questions, please contact Sinclair at: or 937-512-4900

SUMMIT AGENDA (all times are EDT)

11:00am – 11:03am: Summit Opening Remarks and Agenda Overview

Dr. Andrew Shepherd, Executive Director and Chief Scientist, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Sinclair College

11:03am – 11:07am: Premier Industry Sector Sponsor Welcome - AgEagle

Mr. Gary Licquia, Regional Manager - NORAM, AgEagle

11:07am – 11:11am: Public Sector Sponsor Welcome – Dayton Region Israel Trade Alliance

Ms. Carolyn Rice, Commission President, Montgomery County, Ohio

11:11am – 11:15am: Supporting Industry Sector Welcome - Elistair

Mr. Troy Hittle, Managing Director, North America, Elistair

11:15am – 11:40am: Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs: Opportunities Through Partnership

Mr. Dave Nestic, Director, Technology Commercialization & SBIR/STTR Senior Consultant, Parallex Advanced Research

11:40am – 12:05pm: Digital First to Build The Next Assembly Line Mr. Aaron Miller, Director, Strategy and Operations, Galois - Founder, Tangram Flex and Niobium Microsystems

12:05pm – 12:30pm: Israeli Start-Up Culture: Enabling Partnerships and Resources

Mr. Aharon Ratner, Senior Lecturer, Holon Institute of Technology Mr. Roni Gordana, Ms.C , EMBA, Chairman of the Israeli Association for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

12:30pm – 12:55pm: Unmanned Aerial Systems Business Plan Competitions: Lessons Learned, Resources Developed, and Next Steps

Dr. Andrew Shepherd, Executive Director and Chief Scientist, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Sinclair College

Prof. James Taggart, Professor of Computer Information Systems, Information and Aviation Studies Department, Atlantic Cape Community College

Mr. Aaron Sykes, STEAM Outreach Coordinator, National Center for Autonomous Technologies

12:55pm – 1:00pm: Closing Remarks and Summit Adjournment

Dr. Andrew Shepherd, Executive Director and Chief Scientist, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Sinclair College


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