Bios Category: National Visiting Committee

TODD COLTEN

Todd Colten is an expert in small unmanned aircraft systems, otherwise known as “drones”. He is the Chief aerospace engineer for Sentera which a start-up company in the Twin Cities, specializing in drones, sensors, and imagery analytics for agriculture. Since 2002 he has developed and supported dozens of drones; originally for the military and more …

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ANDREW SHEPHERD

Dr. Andrew Shepherd serves as the Executive Director and Chief Scientist for Unmanned Aerial Systems at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. With experience in the defense industry and academia focused on modeling and simulation, research, course development, accreditation, instruction, and mentorship, Shepherd offers extensive knowledge in many areas of technology, higher education, and workforce training …

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MEL COSSETTE

Mel Cossette is the Executive Director/Principal Investigator for the National Resource Center for Materials Technology Education (MatEdU) and Project: Technician Education in Additive Manufacturing & Materials (TEAMM) funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program housed at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, WA. Mel has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing education, …

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WING CHEUNG

Wing Cheung is a Professor of Geography and GIS at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. In addition to his teaching duties, he coordinates the GIS, Drone Technology and Environmental Studies programs at the College. He is Principle Investigator for the NSF-funded UAS Operations Technician Education Program (UASTEP), and Assistant Director with the NSF-funded Geospatial Technology …

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KAPIL MADATHIL

Dr. Kapil Chalil Madathil, the Director of Technology Operations of Clemson University Center for Workforce Development is a human factors and ergonomics engineer with a background in the entire spectrum of human-machine system design. Specifically, his area of expertise is in applying the knowledge base of human factors to the design and operation of human-computer systems …

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CHAD SHEETS

Chad is the Lead Technical Training Instructor for the FCA Performance Institute in Minneapolis and is responsible for FCA Dealer Technician training in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Northern Iowa. Chad was a 16-year Chrysler Master Technician and was recruited into technician training in 2004. In 2013, he left FCA to take the …

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JUSTIN MANLEY

Justin Manley is an innovative technologist and executive with experience in startup, public corporation, academic, and public sectors. He has been working with marine technology and robotics since 1990 and is a recognized leader in unmanned systems development and operations. After professional roles at MIT, supporting NOAA and in the private sector he founded Just …

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DAVID HAMBLETON

Dave Hambleton is a Program Manager in the Advanced Programs Division of Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems Sector. Serving in this role since May 2019, Dave is assigned to support the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program at its new headquarters location in northern Utah. Between 2017 and 2019, Dave was the Grand Sky Site Manager responsible for executing …

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MIKE HANSON

Mike Hanson has been an educator since 2004. He is a graduate from Mayville State University where he earned Bachelor’s in Business and Physical Education, along with Minors in Education, Technology and Coaching. Mike went on to earn a Master’s in Educational Leadership from the University of North Dakota in 2012. Mike has been a …

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ANDY OSANTOWSKE

Andy’s early passion for aviation led him to join the Air National Guard, where he served for six years as an aircraft mechanic on the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. While serving in the Guard, he earned a degree in Aerospace Flight Dispatch and Scheduling from Middle Tennessee State University …

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