1 What got you started in drones?
Over a decade ago, I was lucky enough to start working with AUVSI and was immediately fascinated by the potential for drones, robotics and other unmanned systems, and the ability to help shape the future of this industry. I helped write the association’s vision statement, which was about improving humanity by enabling robotics technology globally. Who wouldn’t want to be part of a statement such as that?
My experiences in the industry only got better from there. I’ve had the pleasure of working with the military, government contractors, regulators, universities, startups, commercial end-users, and more, and I look forward to what this new chapter holds for me with Hogan Lovells as we continue to work with various clients and industries to break down the barriers for success in this marketplace.
2 What keeps you excited and interested in UAS?
While the drone industry has been around for decades, I still don’t think we’ve experienced the best of the best yet; I think we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible. We’re seeing new types of end-users in the consumer, prosumer, and commercial markets. We will continue to see more unique applications for using drones, and using technology in general. We will finally start to achieve autonomous operations, bringing more freedom and efficiency to our everyday lives. Being able to create new paths to open up this market and broadly allow for commercial use of drones and other technologies — and having appropriate policy to match — is a great motivator.