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BRAD HAYDEN

Brad grew up in the aviation industry, working from a young age in his family’s avionics sales and service business. After graduating from the University of Utah, he left aviation to launch his career managing global, high-tech marketing programs for companies such as US Robotics, 3Com, Informix, and EFI. Brad returned to aviation as one …

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Alina George

Alina George is a Program Lead in the FAA’s Drone Integration Office. She is on the Outreach and Engagement Team, where she leads projects on the development and implementation of Drone Safety Day, DroneZone updates, Droning On: Regional Events, and co-administrates the UAS-CTI Program. Prior to joining the FAA, Alina worked on education and outreach …

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DAVID ANDERSON

David Anderson is a chiropractor by training, a clinical nutritionist by passion, and an educator by design. After owning and operating several health care businesses for two decades, he transitioned to higher education and has been teaching life science courses since 2009. He earned his Doctor of Chiropractic from Northwestern College of Chiropractic and is …

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Megan Hall

Megan was born and raised in Thief River Falls, Minnesota and has worked in various reception or administrative roles in the health field. Megan is also a Certified Pharmacy Technician, working in the field for nearly ten years. She enjoys serving and being a part of the community.

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 Principal 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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