AUVSI announces new board of directors

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has announced new members of its board of directors. The new board members and officers will start their terms on May 2 at the conclusion of XPONENTIAL 2019, AUVSI’s annual tradeshow and conference, which was held this week at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

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Mark Gordon, Stratom, Inc., was elected as chairman of the board. Other executive committee members elected to new terms are Suzy Young, University of Alabama, Huntsville, as executive vice chairman, and Bill Irby, L3 Technologies, as treasurer. Outgoing chairman Dallas Brooks, Mississippi State University and ASSURE UAS Center of Excellence, continues to serve on the executive committee as immediate past chairman.

Current directors John Coffey, Cherokee Nation Technologies, and James Thomsen, Seaborne Defense, were reelected to the board.

New directors elected to the board are Sean Bielat, FLIR Systems; Dyan Gibbens, Trumbull Unmanned; Suzanne Murtha, AECOM; Steven Nordlund, The Boeing Company; and Thomas Reynolds, Hydroid Kongsberg.

Directors who are continuing their service on the board are David Agnew, Dataspeed, Inc.; Nevin Carr, Leidos; Brian Chappel, Northrop Grumman; Marke Gibson; Ben Gielow, Amazon; Rob Hess, Unmanned Perspective, LLC; Brent Klavon, ASEC, Inc.; Houston Mills, UPS; Susan Roberts, Panasonic Aviation Corporation; Brendan Schulman, DJI; and Bobby Sturgell, Collins Aerospace.

“This year we are welcoming more representatives from the unmanned ground and maritime communities to the AUVSI board of directors, which starts its new term at XPONENTIAL,” said Brian Wynne, AUVSI president and CEO. “It is important to have a diversity of members with experience and knowledge from throughout the unmanned systems industry to serve on the board and provide direction for our future.”

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AUVSI XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry. The 2019 exhibit hall has showcased 700 cutting-edge companies from around the world and conducted more than 150 sessions of educational programming, providing information about the future of unmanned systems policy, technology, business solutions and trending topics. XPONENTIAL will take place next year at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

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