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Unmanned Systems Academic Summit - 2020

October 15, 2020, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  |  Sinclair College  |  Dayton, Ohio 

Online Proceedings Hosted By:


The 6th annual Unmanned Systems Academic Summit will include invited experts providing engaging presentations related to their work in unmanned systems research and development, education and training, commercialization, and technology transfer.


This year’s proceedings will occur online, with registered attendees gaining access to the live event for opportunities to ask questions of the speakers following each presentation. Additionally, the event will be recorded to provide the conference proceedings to both those that attended the live event and to anyone that may register following the Summit but who still wish to access the content. 


Because the event is virtual this year, each registration will also include a certificate for a free Introduction to UAS Simulation and Flying lab experience, a $30 value.


Summit participants may schedule a session at a later time for themselves, give it to someone else to enjoy, or donate it for the college to provide the experience to a local middle or high school student.


Summit Agenda



Dr. Jacqueline Housel, Professor of Geography/Geospatial Technology and Chair of Sociology, Geography, and Social Work, Sinclair College


Partial List of Speakers

Mr. Nathan P. Diller, Director AFWERX


Presenting: Agility Prime: Driving Innovation to Accelerate the Commercial Market for Advanced Air Mobility Vehicles

Dr. Andrew D. Shepherd, Executive Director and Chief Scientist, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Sinclair College


Mr. Scott Koorndyk, President, The Entrepreneurs Center


Co-Presenting: Developing the Next Generation of UAS Entrepreneurs through Education, Networking, and Competition

Col. Kurt J. Carraway, USAF Ret., UAS Executive Director, Applied Avation Research Center, Kent State University Polytechnic


Mr. Douglas Hammon, Director for Applied Research and Development, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Sinclair College


Co-Presenting: Opportunities and Processes for Small UAS Type Certification

Dr. Gregory Cruisinger, Director of Science & Communications, GeoAcuity


Presenting: Commercial Advances in Image Processing and Analytics for Agricultural Drones

*The full Summit Agenda will be released over the coming weeks. Please continue to monitor the event website for updates and additional information.


Registration Fee: $30

For further questions, please contact Amanda Warren at or 937-512-4848.