Colonel Stephen "Lux" Luxion (ret.), Executive Director
Colonel (Retired) Stephen P. Luxion, ASSURE's Associate Director, works from Mississippi State University's Stennis Space Center Campus. Luxion is responsible for the day-to-day administrative, financial and technical operations of ASSURE.
Luxion is a 34 year U.S. Air Force veteran with over 2,500 hours flying time in the F-111, MQ-1B Predator, and the F-14A and EA-6B while on exchange with the U.S. Navy; including 700 hours combat time in operations over Iraq, Bosnia and Afghanistan. For his combat efforts, Colonel Luxion was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for Valor, 4 Air Metals and 7 Aerial Achievement Medals.
Luxion received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and commission from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Colonel Luxion commanded the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron, the nation's first armed UAV squadron, the 608th Air Operations Group, the operations arm of the "Mighty Eighth," and help lead the establishment of NATO's first Aerospace Center of Excellence. Luxion retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2014 from his last assignment at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach where he commanded the Reserve Officers Training Program.
Colonel Luxion is a distinguished graduate of both the USAF Fighter Weapons School and Air Command and Staff College. He also holds a master's degree from Embry-Riddle's School of Advanced Airpower Studies, and the National War College.
Dallas Brooks, Associate Director for Research
Dallas Brooks, a nationally-recognized leader in unmanned aircraft systems research, development, testing, operations and integration serves as the Director of the Raspet Flight Research Laboratory at Mississippi State University and serves in the leadership role as the Associate Director for research of the Mississippi State-led ASSURE, the Federal Aviation Administration's Unmanned Aerial Systems Center of Excellence.
As the Raspet Flight Research Lab Director, Brooks is responsible for MSU's broad spectrum of government and commercial manned and unmanned aviation research, development, test and engineering programs. As the Associate Director for ASSURE, he develops and coordinates research strategies and focus areas for over 20 of the nation's leading universities specializing in unmanned systems integration, safety, operations and policy.
A recognized national leader in unmanned systems integration, Brooks engages and coordinates with national and international regulatory, support and administrative agencies to help ensure that the tremendous capabilities of unmanned systems are realized. His aviation and technical experience spans over 30 years, over 20 of which were in service to America's armed forces at home and overseas.
Brooks has an extensive background in industry and government. He serves on multiple national-level Boards, Committees and Steering Groups. He is the executive vice chairman of the board of directors for the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. He also serves as co-chair for the federal multiagency UAS Sense and Avoid Science and Research panel that is co-sponsored by the FAA, the Department of Defense, NASA and the Department of Homeland Security to identify and solve key sense-and-avoid challenges, and he is a member of the FAA's UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee.