2020 Schedule and Speakers

Panelists updated as of 2.5.2020.

8:15 am: Registration Opens, Blackwell Inn Conference Center Lobby

9:00 am: Welcoming Remarks

  • Elizabeth K. Newton, Executive Director, OSU Battelle Center for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy
  • George Valcarcel, Master of Ceremonies and Ohio UAM Symposium Lead Organizer, OSU Battelle Center for Science, Engineering and Public Policy

9:15 am: Call to Action – “Writing the Next Chapter of Ohio’s Aerospace and Aviation Legacy”

  • Colonel Joseph E Zeis Jr., Senior Adviser to the Governor of Ohio on Aerospace and Defense

9:30 am: Panel Discussion #1 – Defining Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and the Opportunity for Ohio

Moderator: Brian Garrett-Glaser, Assistant Editor, Avionics International, The Skyport UAM Newsletter

  • Fred Judson, Director, Ohio UAS Center (Ohio Department of Transportation – Drive Ohio)
  • Jonathan Hartman, Disruptive Technologies Lead, Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company
  • Alice Cummings, COO, VrtyX (Organ and Medical Supply Transport Platform)
  • Kofi Asante, Head of Business Strategy & Business Development, Elroy Air (Air Cargo VTOL OEM)
  • Edgar Valdez, Regulatory Strategy Lead, UPS Flight Forward

10:45 am: Panel Discussion #2 – Operational Challenges for UAM: Airspace Integration, Cyber-Security, and Data Privacy

Moderator: Dr. Jim Gregory, Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Director, OSU Aerospace Research Center

  • Andrea Shestopalov, Product Manager, AiRXOS, Part of GE Aviation
  • Sabrina Saunders-Hodge, Director of Research, FAA UAS Integration Office
  • Ken Edge, VP of Cyber-Solutions, Radiance Technologies
  • Dennis Hirsch, Director, Program on Data Privacy and Governance, OSU Moritz College of Law

1130 am: Lunch Buffet and Networking

1215 pm: Luncheon Remarks on Ohio DOT FlyOhio Initiative

  • Fred Judson, Program Director, Ohio UAS Center FlyOhio (Ohio DOT)
  • [Invited] Lt. Governor of the State of Ohio Jon Husted 

 12:30 pm: Keynote 

  • Dr. John S. Langford, Founder, Aurora Flight Sciences (now Boeing NeXt), President, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

 1:00 pm: Networking Break

 1:30 pm: Panel Discussion #3 – VTOL Vehicle Designs, Enabling Technologies, and Certification Process

Moderator: Jim Sherman, Director of Strategic Development, Vertical Flight Society (VFS)

  • Brian German, Director of Center for Urban and Regional Air Mobility, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Ken Goodrich, Deputy Project Manager for Technology, NASA Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Project
  • Hector Garcia, UAM Engineering Director, Honeywell Aerospace
  • Daniel G. Goddard, Acting Deputy Director, Air Force Research Laboratory, Aerospace Systems Directorate

2:15 pm: Networking Break

 2:30 pm: Panel Discussion #4 – Infrastructure Planning, Zoning, and Financing 

Moderator: Dr. Amber Woodburn McNair, Assistant Professor, OSU City and Regional Planning and OSU Center for Aviation Studies

  • Adrienne Lindgren, Service Area Manager and Consultant, Aviation Innovation at WSP USA
  • Danielle J Rinsler, AICP, Head of Aviation Policy, Uber Elevate
  • Rex Alexander, Infrastructure Advisor, Vertical Flight Society
  • Justin Anderson, Senior Airport Planner, Columbus Regional Airport Authority

3:15 pm: Networking Break

3:30 pm: Panel Discussion #5 – Ohio’s Role to Play in Advancing and Integrating Air Mobility into Our Communities

Moderator: Glenn Richardson, Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Director, Jobs Ohio

  • Bob Tanner, Executive Director, Ohio Federal Research Network (OFRN)
  • Representative Adam Holmes, Chair, Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee (OAATC)
  • Dr. Jennifer Clark, Section Head and Professor, OSU City and Regional Planning Program
  • Mark Zannoni, AICP, Principal and Smart Cities and Transportation Expert, Zannoni & Co.
  • [Tentative] Ben Brooks, Policy, Wing (an Alphabet Company)

4:15 pm: Closing Remarks

  • George Valcarcel, Master of Ceremonies and Ohio UAM Symposium Lead Organizer, OSU Battelle Center for Science, Engineering and Public Policy

4:30 pm: Networking and Departure