New Panel Added to Discuss Workforce Opportunities within the UAS Sector This Panel is Free to Students

Accelerate to Industry: A Discussion of Workforce Opportunities and Higher Education in the UAS Sector

The University of North Dakota School of Graduate Studies in collaboration with UAS Magazine, hosts a panel discussion of workforce and research opportunities, present and future, in the UAS sector. This vibrant sector is rapidly expanding in North Dakota, where the open skies provide a multitude of one-of-a-kind workforce, research and testing opportunities at the forefront of the UAS sector. While drones and pilots with joysticks tend to dominate the popular understanding of work in UAS, the opportunities in the sector require a broad and diverse range of talent and skillsets. Each panelist occupies a key role in the development and expansion of the UAS sector. Join us in the conversation and hear from multiple stakeholders and points of view in this wide-ranging discussion on cutting-edge work in the UAS sector.

Introduction: Andrew Armacost President University of North Dakota
Moderator: Chris Nelson UND Graduate Studies
Matt Dunlevy Founder SkySkopes
Dana Peterson Chief Strategy Officer Emerging Prairie


Frank Matus Director, ATC and Digital Aviation Solutions – Americas Thales
Mark Askelson Executive Director UND RIAS
Nicholas Flom Executive Director Northern Plains UAS Test Site
Dean Gorder Director General Atomics



Michael Billups Lead Systems Engineer, Northrop Grumman Corporation
Jon Standley Head of Business Development & Strategy, Unmanned Aviation Solutions L3Harris Technologies