Stephen Luxion
Executive Director

Nancy Blacker 
Deputy Director

Hannah Thach
Associate Director, Research

David Battaly
Associate Director, ASSUREd Safe

Whitley Alford
Financial Manager

Core Universities

Tom Brooks
Raspet Flight Research Laboratory at Mississippi State University

Kari-Babski Reeves
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies,
Bagley College of Engineering

Robert Moorhead
Geosystems Research Institute at Mississippi State University

Kurtulus Izzetoglu
Assistant Professor of Research,
School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems

Ellen J. Bass
Professor and Head,
Department of Information Science


Richard Stansbury (Primary POC)
Associate Professor, Computer Engineering and Computer Science Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering

Tim Holt
Program Chair, Aeronautics and Associate Professor of Aeronautical Science, College of Aviation Embry Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott

David Ison
Assistant Professor of Aeronautics, Research Chair of the College of Aeronautics
Embry Riddle Aeronautical University – World Wide

Kurt Carraway
Acting UAS Program Manager,
Applied Aviation Research Center

Douglas S. Cairns
Lsysle A. Wood Distinguished Professor

Henry M. Cathey, Jr.
Physical Science Laboratory Aerospace Division Director

Daniel Findley
Associate Director, Education and Training
Director, Economics and Policy Assessment, Aviation

Evan Arnold
UAS Engineering Research Associate, NextGen Air Transportation Program


Dr. Julie A. Adams
Professor of Comp. Sci., Associate Director of the CoRIS Institute

Jeff Miller
Chief Operation Officer for Unmanned Aerial Systems

Jim Gregory
Associate Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering,
Associate Director of Aerospace Research Center

Tombo Jones
Director, Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership

Gerardo Olivares
Sr. Research Scientist & Director, Crash Dynamics and Virtual Engineering & Flight

David Arterburn
Director, Rotor Craft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center

Cathy Cahill
Director, The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Geophysical Institute

Susan Ustin
Professor of Environmental Resource Science, Dept of Land, Air and Water Resources,
Director of Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing

Mark Askelson
Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne
Research Associate, Director of Spatial Analysis Lab

Affiliate Universities

Earle Thompson
Deputy Director, Military Research Programs

Richard Baker
Director, Center or Unmanned Systems & Human Capital Development

Rastko R. Selmic
AT&T Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering

Dr. Kin Huat Low
Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Daniel Zelazo
Assistant Professor, Aerospace Engineering

M. Javed Kahn
Professor and Head,
Aerospace Science and Engineering Department

Shelley Sitahal
Director, Research Partnerships and Innovation

Jim Scanlan
Professor of Aerospace and Design,
Director of MSC Unmanned Aircraft Systems Design

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