10:00 am- On the Forefront of Urban Mobility and Smart Technology
is Nevada betting on the autonomous mobility industry and what does it mean for
your future? Whether it be unmanned
aerial systems (i.e. drones), autonomous vehicles, or the smart technology to
integrate them, the autonomous mobility industry promises to be one of the most
dynamic and impactful industries over the next decade with the UAS industry alone
expected to grow to more than $100 billion.
positioned itself to be on the competitive edge of the UAS industry in 2013
when the FAA designated our state as one of only seven in the country to begin UAs
testing. As stated by Governor Sandoval,
“Nevada…played a significant role in the pioneering use of drones and is well
positioned…to continue the integration of this technology into our airspace,
economy and daily lives.” Nevada is also a pioneering state in autonomous
ground transportation as the first state to allow operation of autonomous network
vehicles and adopting legislation in 2017 to make it easier to allow testing these
vehicles on the road. Being on the
forefront of urban mobility allows Nevada to attract businesses in this industry,
sprout high tech development, create high paying jobs, and continue to
diversify and grow our economy.
experts from Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), the Governor’s
Office of Economic Development (GOED), and The Regional Transportation
Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) to find out where we are and where Nevada
is going in this exciting industry. You may even discover opportunities for
your business to catch a ride and take part in this growing, impactful
Lead Business Development- UAS, AT&T IoT Solutions
As Lead Business Development Manager, Greg is building the strategic foundation of AT&T's commercial UAS business. Cornerstone to this is the forging of key relationships with technology partners, governmental agencies, early-adopters and platform providers. He champions AT&T's UAS ecosystem POV with industry organizations, including CTIA and GSMA, and was a member of the FAA's UAS Identification and Tracking ARC.
Greg joined AT&T in 2010 and most recently served as Lead Product Marketing Manager in Device Product Marketing. He played a key role in the growth of connected tablets, championing some of AT&T's biggest selling devices and supporting services.
After graduating MIT with a B.S.E.E, Greg's career began at Adobe where he worked on PostScript products and eventually the management of large OEM accounts. He then was Senior Director of Business Development at Immersion Corporation, a leader in haptics technology.
Director, Business Development, Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems
Brett is the Director
of Business Development at the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems, a
non-profit organization founded and sponsored by the Nevada Governor's Office
of Economic Development. NIAS advances the Nevada autonomous systems industry
through business teaming, partnerships, research and development, and
educational awareness and is one of seven FAA-designated UAS Test Sites.
He attended UNLV and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Print
Journalism and a minor in Entertainment Management. He was captain of the UNLV Men’s
Golf Team where he was selected as a four-time Academic All-Mountain West
Conference Award recipient and two-time NCAA Academic All-American. After
playing professional golf for four years, he turned his focus to business and
the drone industry.
After graduating from the International Academy of Film and
Television in 2014, he founded Perfect Shot Productions, an aerial media
company focused on the safe and effective use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).
He was also co-founder of Verascan Inc., an aerospace services and solutions company focused on providing cost-effective
industry solutions through advanced sensor technology and actionable aerial
Industry Commercialization Manager, Governor's Office of Economic Development
Dan has many years of experience across multiple technology
industries including information technology and communications, biotechnology
and pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, clean technologies and now, advanced
mobility. Originally Dan was a highly qualified data and voice network design
specialist. He was involved with the development of business strategies, market
analysis, and evaluation of new technologies plus the management of key
industry partnerships. Currently Dan focusses on diversifying the economy of
the great State of Nevada through a range of innovative projects at the
intersection of academia, industry and government that positively influence the
development of the connected and autonomous vehicle ecosystem.
General Manager, Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada
As general manager of the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, Tina Quigley knows what it means to think big. In a city of 2.1 million residents and 42 million annual visitors, Quigley is at the forefront of visionary thinking and planning for the future. She recognizes that an enhanced multi-modal and technologically advanced transportation infrastructure will help ensure that Southern Nevada can continue to attract tourists, residents and new business. She has embraced and pushed for sweeping technological advances; she has advocated for future planning; and she has built critical partnerships to well position the region for ongoing and sustained economic vibrancy. With more than 25 years of experience in air and ground transportation management and a licensed pilot herself, Quigley leads the only agency nationwide that is solely responsible for a region’s public transit system, traffic management, roadway design, construction funding and transportation planning.
Chris Walach- Panel Moderator
Executive/Senior Director, Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems
Dr. Chris Walach retired from the U.S.
Army in 2008 as a senior Lieutenant Colonel, Battalion Commander, and Master
Aviator of an Apache Longbow Helicopter unit with two tours of duty in
combat. He is a decorated combat aviator with more than 600 combat flight
hours. He holds a Master of Science and Doctor of Management (DM) from
the University of Maryland, University College. He has been interviewed
and appeared on national and international news networks as an expert military
analyst and has been quoted, interviewed, and appeared on numerous state,
national, and global news outlets as an unmanned aviation expert. His
combat unit he commanded during the Iraq War was highlighted in the Google
E-Book, Tip of the Spear
(Hellfire and Brimstone) and in a 2013 DreamWorks movie. He is an
inventor, published military writer, business management scholar presenting
evidence-based research at two international academic conferences, is a
published co-author of research in the International Journal of Unmanned
Systems Engineering (IJUSEng), and he is a former small business owner.
Dr. Walach served on several unmanned aviation panels over the past three
years, most recently he was a panel speaker on the 2018 Uber Elevate Summit Smart
City Panel in Los Angeles, CA with other global Smart City experts. Dr.
Walach is an Adjunct Professor of Aeronautics with the Graduate Program at
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and currently serves as the
Executive/Senior Director of Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS),
NIAS Unmanned Aviation Safety Center of Excellence, the NUANCE Center at
the Reno-Stead Airport, and the FAA-designated Nevada UAS Test Site.