October 25, 2019

Panel Features CEOs from DroneDeploy, DroneUp, Measure, Schiebel Aircraft and Skydio


Las Vegas, NV – October 25, 2019 – James Bridenstine, Administrator at NASA, and Bala Ganesh, Vice President of the Advanced Technology Group at UPS, will deliver keynote presentations at the 5th annual Commercial UAV Expo Americas taking place October 28-30, 2019 at the Westgate Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. A Keynote Panel Discussion “UAS Insights and Strategies for Success in the Current Marketplace” featuring CEOs of major drone companies will follow the keynote presentations on Tuesday, October 29th.


Administrator Bridenstine will share how unmanned systems help achieve NASA’s missions to the moon and Mars and the industrialization of space.

He was sworn in as NASA’s 13th Administrator on April 23, 2018. He was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. Bridenstine’s career in federal service began in the U.S. Navy, flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier. It was there that he flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan and accrued most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrier-arrested landings. He later moved to the F-18 Hornet and flew at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN. After transitioning from active duty to the U.S. Navy Reserve, he returned to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to be the Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium.


Bala Ganesh will discuss the FAA’s recent granting of the first full Part 135 certification to operate a drone airline without limits on the size or scope of operations, a big win for UPS and the commercial unmanned industry. He will share not only the opportunities for transportation and delivery, but some insight into challenges and achievements of integrating a leading-edge drone program into a large and well-established airline fleet.

He leads the Advanced Technology Group at UPS. He joined UPS in 2012 as the Program Manager for UPS My Choice. Thereafter he had stints in UPS Marketing, Global Retail Strategy and the Advanced Analytics & Revenue Management groups. Prior to joining UPS, he was a consultant with McKinsey & Co.  He has also worked as an Aerospace Engineering researcher at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Early in his career, he served as a pilot in the Indian Air Force. He earned a PhD in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in Math along with an MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He graduated from the Indian National Defense Academy and Air Force Academy with his undergraduate degree.


Attendees will also hear from an esteemed panel of drone-industry CEOs during a discussion titled “UAS Insights and Strategies for Success in the Current Marketplace.” The panel will be moderated by Gretchen West, President & CEO of Schiebel Aircraft, Inc., and will feature Mike Winn (CEO, DroneDeploy), Tom Walker (CEO, DroneUp), Brandon Torres Declet (CEO, Measure), and Adam Bry (CEO, Skydio). Each speaker will discuss where they have found success in the current commercial drone market along with their vision of future challenges and opportunities.


“The full power of the drone industry will be on display at our 5th edition of Commercial UAV Expo,” said Lisa Murray, Group Director of Diversified Communications and organizer of Commercial UAV Expo Americas. “By convening the most influential companies and thought leaders to share their expertise and solutions, we are offering access to anyone involved in the commercial drone market to learn from the best.”


Company Details

Commercial UAV Expo Americas, presented by Commercial UAV News, is a conference and exhibition exclusively focused on the commercial drone market covering industries including Construction; Energy & Utilities; Forestry & Agriculture; Infrastructure & Transportation; Mining & Aggregates; Public Safety & Emergency Services, Security; and Surveying & Mapping. The fifth annual event is taking place October October 28-30, 2019 in Las Vegas. A sister event, Commercial UAV Expo Europe, will take place in Amsterdam December 1-3, 2020 as part of Amsterdam Drone Week. For more information, visit www.expouav.com and www.expouav.com/europe or email i[email protected].

The events are organized Diversified Communications, a leading organizer of conferences, trade shows and online media with 15 years in the geospatial arena, including Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Commercial UAV Expo Europe, Commercial UAV News, Design Build, Digital Construction Week, GeoBusiness, GeoWeek, International LiDAR Mapping Forum, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference and AECNext Technology Expo & Conference. www.divcom.com