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Dr. Waseem Naqvi
President, AUVSI New England
Chief Technology Officer, Raytheon Unmanned Vehicle Systems

Dr. Waseem Naqvi is the CTO (Technology Director) for Raytheon’s (NYSE: RTN) Unmanned Vehicle Systems business. He is responsible for defining business strategy, capability, technology, and investment priorities addressing future unmanned and autonomous systems.

Raytheon is a leader in unmanned vehicle control systems and has provided the Ground Control Systems, and Mission Planning Systems for Global Hawk, BAMS, Fire Scout, and other UxS. Raytheon develops sensors, surveillance, communications, command and control, and vehicle control systems and cyber solutions into the Unmanned Systems industry.

Dr. Naqvi is an active contributor to the Autonomous Vehicle and Robotics Industry. He is President of the Board of Directors for the Association for Unmanned Systems International (AUVSI) New England Chapter. Waseem is Vice President and a member of the Board of Directors for the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance (NUAIR), an FAA UAS Test Site. He is a past Board member for AUVSI Headquarters, and also represented all 36 chapter Presidents. He previously served on the advisory board for the Massachusetts Robotics Sector. He is an International Executive Resource Group (IERG) Global Business Leader Fellow and serves on its Board.


M. Roman Hachkowski, Ph.D.
President, NDIA New England
Defense Industry Executive

Dr. Hachkowski is a seasoned executive with decades of experience with defense and commercial customers. A compassionate leader, he has led large-scale enterprises that deliver cutting-edge Airborne and Space ISR, Directed Energy, and commercial optical solutions that extend Moore’s Law and capture signs of sentinel life beyond our Solar System. 

Dr. Hachkowski earned his SB from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautics and Astronautics. As a NASA Graduate Fellow, he received his MSc and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Also, Dr. Hachkowski has several patents and published design strategies for segmented deployable telescopes, persistent surveillance ISR missions, and laser fusion systems. Winner of multiple industry-wide awards, including NASA’s Group Achievement Award, Aviation Week’s 2010 ISR Product of the Year, and Program Management Institutes’ Project of the Year, Dr. Hachkowski is a passionate leader in leading cutting-edge enterprises that deliver market-moving high-tech solutions.


Paige Scott Reed
Partner, Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Practice
Prince Lobel Tye LLP

Paige Scott Reed is an experienced transportation and employment attorney whose transactional, litigation, regulatory, administrative, and procurement work has served her clients well for over 20 years. She has worked as general counsel for the Mass. Department of Transportation and the MBTA and also served as Corporate Secretary and General Counsel to the Boston 2024 Partnership for the city’s Olympic bid. Paige has assisted government and private organizations, CEOs, and Boards of Directors with commercial contracts, development transactions, and public projects. She was instrumental in procuring a new operator for the MBTA’s commuter rail, forming a public-private partnership to redevelop Back Bay Station, implementing the MBTA’s Construction Manager/General Contractor project delivery approach, and securing $1 billion in federal funding for the Green Line Extension project. Paige has also defended government organizations against class actions charging racial discrimination in hiring practices. Paige leads the firm’s unmanned and autonomous systems practice. She is a strategic advisor to the Commonwealth UAS Integration Program and guides MassDOT’s efforts to utilize drones to advance its transportation mission. Paige is active in the community, serving as the Immediate Past President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and Vice-President for the Harvard Law School Association of Massachusetts. Paige also serves on the Court Management Advisory Board, the Board of the Boston Bar Foundation, and the Board of Boston Harbor Now. Paige recently chaired the finance committee for Rachael Rollins historic campaign, helping to elect the first black woman to serve as District Attorney for Suffolk County. She received her A.B. from Harvard College and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review.





Davis Hackenberg (Invited)
Advanced Air Mobility Project Manager
NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate

Davis Hackenberg is currently serving the NASA Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate (ARMD) as the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Mission Integration Manager. He performs his duties from NASA Headquarters in Washington DC. Mission Integration Manager duties for AAM include strategic mission planning and leading the development and implementation of the AAM mission spanning all relevant ARMD project and center research activities with the goal of implementing the NASA AAM investment strategy in a manner that accelerates AAM. Davis is responsible for strategic and technical management, including integration with multiple government agencies ensuring that the products of this effort are relevant and will be utilized by all customers and stakeholders. Davis received his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master’s degree in System Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.


Jeff Luckett (Invited)
Head of UAS Strategy, RDT&E, and Acquisitions
UPS Flight Forward


Greg Waters
Founder & CEO

Gregory L. Waters is the Founder, President & CEO of MatrixSpace, a leading technology company in Autonomous Flight Systems that is seeking to revolutionize how humans and intelligent aerial systems work together. Greg is currently on the boards of OnSemi, a global Automotive & Industrial semiconductor company; Sierra-Wireless, a leading IoT Solutions; Cyxtera, a global data center business; and Mythic AI, an innovative AI processor company.   

Greg was President & CEO of Integrated Device Technology from 2014 to 2019, a Silicon Valley-based semiconductor company with leadership positions in data centers, automotive, and power solutions. Prior to that, he was Executive VP and GM of Skyworks Solutions, a global leader in RF semiconductors. He is a graduate of Northeastern University with an MSCS in Computer Science.  


Steven D. Wert
Program Executive Officer Digital
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, U.S. Air Force

Steven D. Wert, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is Program Executive Officer, Digital, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass. He leads more than 3,900 Airmen, government civilians, and support contractors in the acquisition of software and weapons systems and to standardize and spread agile software development processes throughout the Air Force. PEO Digital also executes an $11.7 billion FYDP portfolio of ACAT, non-ACAT, technology transition, and Foreign Military Sales programs. He reports directly to the Service Acquisition Executive and is responsible for the more than 300 programs and projects in the PEO Digital portfolio.

Mr. Wert served as an Air Force officer for nearly 25 years. He led performance engineering on the advanced medium-range air-to-air missile and served as program manager for missile integration efforts with the NATO Eurofighter, JAS-39 Gripen, and Peace Onyx F-16 programs. He later directed the Airborne Warning and Control System Radar Development Team and led the ACAT-I U.S./NATO Radar System Improvement Program.

Mr. Wert was on the Air Force Program Executive Officer staff as Director for Surveillance and Control Programs, including the E-3, E-4, and Peace Shield. He subsequently served as Deputy Director for Congressional and Budget Integration, Information Dominance, in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. He was previously assigned to the Electronic Systems Center as executive officer to the commander and led the Air Force Distributed Common Ground System Program before joining Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command as Deputy Director for Engineering. Following active duty, Mr. Wert was employed by SRA International, Inc., supporting the Office of the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for ISR. Prior to his current appointment, he was Program Executive Officer for Theater Command and Control, Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom AFB, Mass.




Carl Blando
UAS Manager, Homeland Security Division, Boston Police Department


Aaditya Devarakonda (Invited)
CEO, Dedrone


Bethany Faber (Invited)
Senior Manager Program Management, General Dynamics Mission Systems


Dr. R. Michael Guterres
Senior Principal, Unmanned Aviation, MITRE

Michael is a key leader at The MITRE Corporation's Center for Advanced Aviation System Development. His primary area of activity is Unmanned Aviation.

He is responsible for a portfolio of programs in unmanned systems integration in the national airspace system. These have included the FAA UAS integration Pathfinder Program, the White House Drone Integration Pilot program, the FAA’s BEYOND program, and multiple state and local government level initiatives in UAS operations and integration.

Before joining MITRE Dr. Guterres was a Director at Textron Systems where he led unmanned aircraft product development, strategy, and engineering. He spearheaded the development of UAS currently in use by US DOD and international partners that have accrued over 1.5 million operational flight hours.

Dr. Guterres has co-authored articles and holds multiple patents in unmanned systems. He received a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park in Aerodynamics and Propulsion.


Kevin Jinks (Invited)
Senior Counsel, Office of Legal Policy, Department of Justice


Deepu John 
Solutions Engineer, Skydio; Former UAS Coordinator NYPD


Kevin Kelly

Chief Engineer, AFLCMC PEO Digital


Mack Martinez (Invited)
FAA Systems Engineer & Program Manager


Michael O'Shae (Invited)
Program Manager/Public Safety Liaison, Safety and Integration Division, FAA


Chip Palombini
Beta Technologies


Marilyn G. Pearson
CAE Global Regulatory Affairs Specialist in AAM/eVTOL/UAS

Marilyn Pearson is an ATP-rated pilot in Single and Multiengine Land and Seaplanes; Commercially rated in Rotorcraft and Gliders, holder of a Remote Pilot Certificate with small UAS rating. Additionally, Marilyn holds instructor ratings for single, multiengine, land, sea, glider, gyroplane, and instrument with over 40 years of experience as an aviation professional. Marilyn served as a corporate pilot in several jet aircraft types before taking a position as an Aviation Safety Inspector with the FAA. Marilyn worked as a Principal Operations Inspector in the Bradley Flight District Office (CT) for 15 years, providing oversight for all aspects of aviation, including parts 135 and 121 operations as well as serving as a National Resource Inspector in several aircraft and as the airshow coordinator. Marilyn transitioned to a staff specialist at FAA Headquarters where she was tasked with unmanned aircraft operations, serving on several rulemaking teams as well as developing guidance and policy for part 107 operations, issuing Advisory Circulars, waivers, and exemptions for new entrant operations. She was a co-chair for the FAA Weather Community of Interest and lead for the UAS Special Weather Action Team.

Marilyn retired from the FAA and currently holds a position with CAE as a Global Regulatory Affairs Specialist in AAM/eVTOL/UAS where she serves on various industry committees and with Civil Aviation Associations recommending policy for new entrant aircraft, pilot training, and simulator certification. Marilyn is the co-chair for SAE International G-35, Modeling, Simulation and Training for Emerging Aviation Technologies and Concepts.


Martine Rothblatt (Invited)
Chief Executive Officer, United Therapeutics Corporation


Vijay Somandepalli
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, American Robotics


Jonathan Songer

Senior Program Manager, Advanced Air Mobility, MassAutonomy


Melissa Tomkiel (Invited)
President & General Counsel, BLADE


Dr. Scott A. Uebelhart 
Chief Scientist, MassDOT Drone Program

Scott A. Uebelhart, Ph.D. joined the Aeronautics Division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) in 2017 as Chief Scientist of the Drone Program. In this capacity, Dr. Uebelhart guides strategy and planning for the adoption of drone technologies at MassDOT and connects with government and industry leaders across the Commonwealth to help drive air vehicle innovation. He has built a team of technologists, analysts, and UAS operators who are demonstrating how UAS can provide useful, actionable information to state agencies and who are exploring how the state can support expanded air operations. Prior to this, Dr. Uebelhart worked in a technology startup, and served on the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he conducted systems analysis of U.S. space architectures for the Air Force. Dr. Uebelhart served as a postdoctoral associate with MIT's Program in Science, Technology and Society where he helped establish the cross-disciplinary Space, Policy, and Society research group, applied technical expertise to human spaceflight policy, and briefed senior Congressional and NASA leaders. Scott earned his SB, SM, and PhD from the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics in the area of structural dynamics and control.


Charles Werner (Invited)
Director, Drone Responsders


Dan Wolf (Invited)
Founder & CEO, Cape Air



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