How do we create access to world-class research, based on lessons learned from DoD's investment in unmanned systems, and transition it to the civil/commercial world? And how do we maximize the technology transfer from the speed of development in the commercial world for the federal government's benefit? Come see one way of accomplishing these two goals with a visit to the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site. Located at the Saint Mary's County Airport since 2015, the UMD UAS Test Site has been targeting the transfer of knowledge and research capabilities, but also championing the discipline of manned aviation practices and procedures back to the unmanned test community. As a leading voice in this nascent civil/commercial UAS field, the Test Site has created relationships across a wide variety of stakeholders and capabilities. Come see what they have going on, and where your future may intersect with it.
As the UAS Test Site project manager, Jim Alexander manages the cost, schedule, and performance of a wide variety of research projects from government, academia, and industry. He also serves as a UAS pilot, visual observer, and aviation safety officer.
Jim is a private pilot, a retired U.S. Air Force navigator and staff officer, and a former NASA flight engineer and project manager. One of the projects he was involved with was a three-year hurricane research mission using the NASA Global Hawk UAS flown from NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
He has a B.S. in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an M.S. in engineering management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Alexander is also a certified Project Management Professional.
Cost: FREE members, $5 non-members
Bill of Fare: Tour & Network Reception, Appetizers & Drinks, RSVP Required
RSVP to: Steve McKeown at Mckeown_steve@bah.com or 301.862.7033
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