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Justin Manley

FOUNDER AND CONSULTANT | JUST INNOVATION, INC. 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 …

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David Hambleton

PROGRAM MANAGER | NORTHROP GRUMMAN AEROSPACE SYSTEMS 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 …

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Mike Hanson

DIRECTOR | NORTH VALLEY CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER 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 …

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Andy Osantowske

Director of Operations | Robotic Skies 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 …

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Todd Colten

FOUNDER CHIEF AEROSPACE ENGINEER | SENTERA 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; …

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Mark Gill

SENIOR PERSONNEL Mark’s career in software engineering almost predates the discipline of software engineering. He has three decades of experience in visualization and development of experiential learning environments. He’s worked in government, military, private, and academic arenas, finally landing in a position where he can help the next generation grow up comfortable with ideas it’s …

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Ben Cruz

SENIOR PERSONNEL Benigno (Ben) Cruz is Director of the Center for Advanced Automotive Technology (CAAT) at Macomb Community College (MCC). Prior to joining CAAT on July 1, 2019, Ben was a Senior Engineering Group Manager responsible for the GM Climatic Wind Tunnels and the HVAC Laboratories. He was responsible for vehicle development and validation testing …

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Ben Richason

CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR Ben Richason III is a Professor of Geography and Executive Director of the Spatial Analysis Research Center (SARC) at St. Cloud State University. He obtained his Doctorate in Geography from Michigan State University in 1977. He has been working in the geospatial sciences for more than 40 years. During this time, he has …

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Zackary Nicklin

CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR Zackary Nicklin joined the US Army in 2003. He began his career as an Intelligence and Electronic Warfare Maintainer/Integrator and moved into the UAS space in 2005. His career has involved fielding and maintaining state of the art intelligence collection and dissemination systems, both airborne and ground based. Zack is currently the primary …

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Jill Zande

CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR Jill Zande is the associate director and co-principal investigator for the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center in Monterey, California. In addition, she is president and executive director of MATE Inspiration for Innovation (MATE II), a nonprofit corporation dedicated to supporting the MATE ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicles) competition and its other programs that …

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