CHAPTER PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Update: July 1, 2014
Dear friends, I hope your summer is off to a great start! Since my last message, I have had the privilege of representing our Hampton Roads Chapter at the AUVSI Board of Director's and Strategic Planning Meetings held in Atlanta, site of next year's AUVSI Unmanned Systems show. I'm very happy to report that Chapter relations and support were key topics discussed by our Board. Going forward, Chapter Presidents will be formally represented in Board deliberations & Chapters will be playing ever-stronger roles implementing our Association's initiatives.
In late May, our Chapter supported Virginia's Festival of Flight held at the Suffolk Executive Airport. Nine (9!) of our Corporate Members proudly represented the unmanned systems industry, and your Chapter President, together with a representative of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership (MAAP) delivered a joint presentation on UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS). A good time was had by all! Thanks to everybody who came!
Last week, your Chapter leadership convened their first Excom meeting to chart the way forward for the next two years. We are setting some ambitious goals, including events in Blacksburg, Charlottesville, and Raleigh, to name a few, and we're already actively supporting next week's ROBOBOAT competition to be held at Founders Inn in Virginia Beach. This is a "world-class" student robotics competition that is a cornerstone of the AUVSI Foundation's excellent efforts to increase participation of kids in career paths that lead them directly into our industry. I hope all of you reading this message will find some time during the next week or so to visit the competition and meet informally with both the students and their sponsors, to see for yourself the amazing technologies being worked at the collegiate level, and to personally interact with the next generation of engineers who will join our ranks in the near future. Please visit this link:
Okay, I will reiterate my pitch from last month: Our HR chapter is ideally situated, with a broad range of interests and a host of support in place to grow into a role model for participation and growth, so let's make it OUR goal to crank up our level of effort and strive to become AUVSI's Chapter of the Year for 2014!
Won't you help? The simplest things you can do are merely get engaged and attend Chapter events. I'm counting on -all- your support! Let's do great things together! Have a great Fourth!
President, Hampton Roads Chapter
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ABOUT HAMPTON ROADS CHAPTER...
Our hallmark activity is the "Roboboat" Student Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) Competition, held at Founders Inn in Virginia Beach in July. Get details at the AUVSI Foundation website:
The RoboBoat Competition challenges student teams to design and build ASVs that operate under rules of the waterway. This includes littoral area navigation, channel following and autonomous docking. This event is co-sponsored by Office of Naval Research (ONR) and members of the business community.
Our Chapter also holds regular meetings (Executive Committee typically meets each month--all members are welcome to attend) with the goal of providing an ever-expanding variety of informative technical and social events for our vast regional membership.
Come join us in shaping the future of unmanned technology. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming HR Chapter event!
Your Chapter Affiliation is Not Automatic!
If you are a current AUVSI member within the Greater Hampton Roads region (Richmond to Raleigh) and aren't affiliated with the Hampton Roads Chapter, now is a good time to affiliate!
Attend Chapter meetings, become part of our many projects and make some new contacts and friends at the same time! It's easy!
From the AUVSI home page, click at the top on:
"Membership & Chapters"--"Chapters"--"Join a Chapter"
You may also copy the following link to your web browser:
Please keep your Profile up to date on the main AUVSI website as well. This provides Association members looking for you / your company's products or services with a usable point of contact.