Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have made dramatic impacts in many areas in recent years, and this trend is poised to accelerate substantially in the future.  UAVs are being increasingly used for firefighting, search and rescue, precision agriculture, environmental and wildlife monitoring, and many more applications.  The panel will discuss the technology, where it’s headed, and the policies that shape UAV implementation and ensure public safety.  Join us on March 19, 2014, for this high-flying discussion!


William Buratto, M. A.,  President & CEO, VCEDA

Bill BurattoBill Buratto joined the Ventura County Economic Development Association (VCEDA) as President/CEO in November of 2000. VCEDA is a 64 year-old business advocacy organization dedicated to a strong economy and business climate in the Ventura County. In addition to his work with VCEDA he also owns a consulting firm that specializes in government and community relations, public policy and nonprofit management. Bill has more than 32 years experience in management, business development, marketing and public policy. He has held executive positions in healthcare, higher education and social services. He was a key member of the team that prepared Ventura County’s bid to become an FAA UAV testing site. He is a founding member of the Southern California Unmanned Systems Alliance (SC-USA) and was recently appointed to the state’s Aerospace Advisory Council by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi. Bill routinely works with entrepreneurs and start-up companies looking to locate in Ventura County. He is also a founding member of the iDEA iHub, which seeks to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in the defense, energy and aerospace industries. He received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Illinois and holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Bill is a 30 year resident of Ventura County. He lives in Thousand Oaks with his wife of 41 years.

Andrew Thurling, Chief Test Pilot, AeroVironment, Inc.

Andrew ThurlingAt AeroVironment, Mr. Thurling has been responsible for all phases of testing on AeroVironment’s revolutionary hydrogen-powered unmanned aircraft, the Global Observer, from strategic test concept development to acting as initial cadre instructor pilot.  He was awarded the 2011 AUVSI Foundation “Operations Award” for this work. Mr. Thurling has served on RTCA SC-203 and is now a member of SC-228 working with the FAA UAS Integration Office, major UAS Stakeholders, and the wider the UAS community to develop the Minimum Operational Performance Standards for UAS integration into the National Airspace.Andy is currently working on Global Observer and other AeroVironment UAS airworthiness, certification, and airspace access strategic efforts for both military and commercial customers. Originally from Rochester, New York, he graduated from MIT and was commissioned as an Air Force officer in June 1987. Over the next decade, Mr. Thurling served in various positions as an F-15 fighter pilot, including Chief of Programming and Flight Commander, before being selected for Test Pilot School.  Andy is a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Institute of Technology and the USAF Test Pilot School.  He has held several positions as a test pilot including Chief of Test and Evaluation in the F-22 Program Office.

Alan W. Jaeger, Faculty, and Director & Principal Investigator, Naval Postgraduate School- Naval Base of Ventura County

alan_jaegerAlan Jaeger is a Faculty Research Associate for the Naval Postgraduate School and serves as the Director and Principal Investigator for the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Asymmetric Warfare located at Naval Base Ventura County.  In this role, he leads a multi-disciplined federal operational research team which conducts research and delivers focused training, field experimentation, exercise and assessment programs in order to increase the capabilities of military and civil authorities at all levels to prevent and mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of asymmetric threats to national, homeland, and global security, including terrorism and natural or man-made disasters.   As principal investigator, Alan has led research programs in the International, Federal, State, Local and Private Sectors resulting in operational and policy level recommendations and changes in the topical areas of Cyber Detection and Response, Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, Emergency Management and maritime safety and security.

Alan’s educational background includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from the University of California at Santa Barbara, a Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from California Lutheran University and is Level 3 Certified in Systems Planning, Research, Development and Engineering from the Defense Acquisition University with over 13 years of experience in research, program management, systems design and acquisition for the Government.

Andrew Neushul, Founder & CEO, Submerse, Inc.

Andrew NeushulAndrew Neushul is the founder and CEO of Submerse Inc., a startup focused on aerial robotics for marine applications.  Earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Mechanical and Environmental Engineering in 1990, he later studied ocean engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Mr. Neushul has more than 25 years of engineering work experience, in many industries, including marine science, embedded computing, diagnostic imaging, gas chromatography, 3D printing, and robotics.Mr. Neushul now heads Submerses Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) development. Using CAD software and 3D printers to rapidly design, prototype, and develop multirotor aircraft, Submerse is able to print and test multiple designs in a single day. He wants to use his accumulated knowledge in robotics, design, and manufacturing, to help mold this emerging industry. By creating industry standards, and developing multirotor aircraft that are safe and reliable, Mr. Neushul plans to produce robotic devices that are practical and useful tools, and a benefit to society.

This program will be moderated by Damon Brink, The Noetic Group.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cabrillo Pavilion Arts Center, 1118 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Student $15.00
Walk-in/At the Door $40.00
Parking $3.00

Early-bird registration is now closed, but we still welcome walk-in registrations the day of the event. We look forward to seeing you Wednesday, March 19, 5-8 p.m.

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