Drones and Droids: Unmanned Systems at Work

Drones and Droids: Unmanned Systems at Work
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 08:00 AM to Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 04:00 PM (PDT)
Event Contact: 
Lori Brown
Contact Phone Number: 
(503) 703-7440
Contact Email: 



Big Bend Community College, 7662 Chanute St., Moses Lake, WA, 98837, US Get Directions:

AUVSI Cascade & Big Bend Community College Present
Drones and Droids:
Unmanned Systems at Work

Please join us at Big Bend Community College for the Pacific Northwest's premier unmanned systems event "Drones and Droids: Unmanned Systems at Work" April 11th and 12th. Hear experts from industry, government and academia provide the latest updates on unmanned systems legislation, policies and technologies. You'll hear from a great lineup of experts in legislation, policy, technologies and training, including:

  • Paul Peterson, CEO, Volta Companies
  • Washington State Sen. Jim Honeyford, Chair, Aviation Caucus
  • Washington State Rep. Tom Dent, Member, Aviation Caucus
  • Oregon State Rep. Rich Vial, Lead, UAS Working Group
  • William Gerry, Program Manager, The Boeing Company/Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center
  • Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Mfg
  • Steve Luxion, Deputy Director, ASSURE FAA UAS Center of Excellence
  • Mitch Swecker, Director, Oregon Department of Aviation
  • Rob Hodgman, Senior Aviation Planner, Washington Dept. of Transportation
  • Jason Schwartz, Sr. Noise Analyst, Port of Portland/Consultant
  • Louis Churchville, Co-Founder, Kerr Avionics
  • Ben Bloss, Engineer, Kongsberg Underwater Technologies
  • Byron Will-Noel, Unmanned Systems Coordinator, Big Bend Community College
  • Ken Allison, Commissioner of Racing, Pro Aerial League
  • Dr. Patrick Ford, UMS Director, BBCC
  • Lori Brown, President, Brown Unmanned Aerial Solutions
  • Eric Holdeman, Director, Center for Regional Disaster Assistance, Pacific NW Economic Region
  • Prof David Thirtyacre, Chair, Department of Flight, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Gary Baker, Mechatronics/Engineering Specialist, Big Bend Community College

...and more!

You'll also have the opportunity for live flying of drones in the BBCC Enclosed UAS Laboratory, experience the power of 3D printing and see demos of their accredited curricula in action, tour the BBCC Unmanned Systems Lab and other local manufacturing sites. And, of course, there will be ample opportunities for networking during the conference during breaks and during our Day 1 Networking Social the evening of April 11th. Plan on attending now and take advantage of our special Early Bird registration rates! Hope to see you in Moses Lake!