JUST ADDED JOBY AVIATION TO THE LINEUP
2020: ONE GIANT LEAP FOR SILICON VALLEY
URBAN AIR MOBILITY – UNMANNED TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT – AIRFRAMES – VENTURE CAPITAL
Greg joined the Elevate team to build the communications foundation for Uber’s air mobility services, including the transportation of goods via Unmanned Aerial Systems and the transportation of people via Urban Air Mobility aerial ridesharing. He regularly contributes to related industry organizations, including the Commercial Drone Alliance and CTIA’s UAS/UAV working group, and was a member of the FAA’s UAS Identification and Tracking ARC.
Prior, Greg joined AT&T’s in 2010 and most recently was responsible for commercial UAS in IoT Smart Cities. After graduating MIT with a B.S E.E., Greg’s career began at Adobe where he worked on PostScript products. He then was Senior Director of Business Development at Immersion Corporation, a leader in haptics technology.
Greg currently lives in Silicon Valley.
Oliver has built and demonstrated over 12 VTOL drones in the last 12 years, plus a manned experimental aircraft, and has several patents in the field of manned and unmanned aircraft. Oliverís experience includes extensive wind tunnel tests at NASA Ames, UAV flight test at Moffett Field, California and Crows Landing in Central California.
Oliver has a MS in Computer Sciences from ENSEA-Paris and a BS in Electrical Engineering UPS-Toulouse (France). Oliver and Ed, co-founders of Sabrewing Aircraft, have been working together on a various projects since 2014. Sabrewing is Oliver’s 3rd Aerospace startup.
He received his Computer Science degree in 2003 (Trier University), and a M.Sc. in Autonomous Systems in 2006 (Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University). Since the beginning, Florian worked not only on autonomous functions for multiple aircraft platforms but also on the complex task of validation and verification thereof.
As a former team lead at DLR’s Institute of Flight Systems (German Aerospace Center) his work has contributed to the foundation for autonomous self-piloting capabilities of drones.
Florian served as Subject Matter Expert on Unmanned Flight to the board of directors at the DLR Liaison Office in Washington D.C. in 2017.
The results of his work from over more than a decade were published in renown international journals and his code base flew onboard various missions across a whole fleet of unmanned and optionally piloted aircraft.
He represents the vertical flight technical community and advocates for the advancement of vertical flight research and technology to the executive and legislative branches of the government. Mr. Hirschberg is the publisher of all society publications, including Vertiflite, the Journal of the AHS, and the Annual Forum Proceedings.
Dave Merrill is the co-founder and CEO of Elroy Air, a company dedicated to expanding the reach of express logistics with advanced vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) cargo aircraft systems. The company’s first aircraft – the Chaparral – is designed for fully-automated flight and cargo-handling with lightweight modular containers, and will carry 300 lbs of payload with a 300 mi range.
Dave is a technology executive and startup founder with a background in computer science and robotic+interactive systems. Alumnus of MIT and Stanford Computer Science and Symbolic Systems, TED speaker, and experienced startup-builder. His work and companies have been featured by the Discovery Channel, Popular Science, Wired, TechCrunch, the New York Times, Forbes, Vertiflite and Aviation Week.
SpaceShipOne project, as well as Firebird, an optionally piloted UAV and TX, a T-38 demonstrator. He was project engineer and flight director for most of the SpaceShipTwo program and had critical roles in Global Flyer, and other proprietary projects. He also worked in Boeing’s Commercial Airplane Group, working with the stability and control group for the 777-200/300ER programs, supporting wind tunnel tests, simulator development and analytics. While at Scaled Composites, Jim received the Design News Engineer of the Year Award and was named Distinguished Alumni at his alma mater, the University of Colorado.
Peter is active in the aviation community around regulatory and technology issues critical to enabling high-scale adoption of aerial mobility systems. Peter is helping define a national vision and roadmap for Urban Air Mobility as a member of the Committee on Urban Air Mobility Research and Technology through the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Through the National Academies, Peter is also an appointee to NASA’s Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable. Peter is involved in the FAA’s Unmanned Aerial System Integration Pilot Program as an advisor to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and sits on committees developing standards for unmanned air traffic management, vehicle certification, and urban air mobility.
Patrick Lin is currently working with the US Government as a Presidential Fellow to lead innovation.
Most recently, Patrick led the autonomous driving team for Ford in Asia. His responsibilities included innovating transportation ecosystems for the cities of tomorrow. Previously with Ford, he managed the corporate strategy teams as well as the Smart Mobility teams in the Asia Pacific region.
Melissa Oh is the Managing Director for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP). She is responsible for engaging entrepreneurs and innovators to help them better understand DHS’s mission and widen the pipeline of technologies addressing our most difficult homeland security challenges.
Mrs. Oh has been at DHS since December 2002 and at S&T since September 2004 serving in several positions, prior to her current role, in Business and Finance Operations and Program Management across the Cyber Security and Border & Maritime Security Divisions. Mrs. Oh holds a B.S. in Cognitive Science, specializing in Neuroscience, from the University of California at San Diego and a M.S. in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.