November 7, 2019

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Rich Montoni, Chairman of the Board, NVTC and Vice Chairman, MAXIMUS

The Honorable Mark Warner, United States Senator

8:45 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Keynote Session – Virginia Vision, Innovation, and Impact

Ms. Suzi E. McBride, Chief Operating Officer, Iridium Inc.

Dr. Karl Wunderlich, Director, Surface Transportation Division, Noblis

9:50 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.

General Session #1 – The State and Future of Autonomy in Virginia

  • Ed Albrigo, President and CEO, Center Innovative Technology (Welcome)
  • Tracy Tynan, Director, Virginia Center For Unmanned Systems @CIT, (Moderator)
  • Nick Devereux, Policy and Government Affairs, Wing
  • Jill Ingrassia, Executive Director Advocacy & Communications, AAA
  • Scott Kordella, Director Space Systems, MITRE
  • Tom McMahon, AUVSI, Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Government Relations, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. 

Networking & Coffee Break

10:55 a.m. – 11:40 a.m. 

Breakout Session #1 and Technical Tracks 


UAS Working Group – Process, Critical Issues and Recommendations for the Governor and General Assembly

  • Craig A. Parisot, Chief Executive Officer – ATA, LLC (Moderator)
  • Daniel “Bud” Oakey, Executive Director, VABA
  • John Eberhardt, Chief Technology Officer, ATA, LLC
  • Jay Willmott, President, Nexutech


The Flexibility and Utility of Autonomous Transportation – A Safer More Efficient Model

  • Tom Dingus, Director, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (Moderator)
  • David Hofert, CMO and VP of Sales, Perrone Robotics
  • Chris Barrett, Executive Director, Biocomplexity Institute, University of Virginia
  • Ritchie Huang, Executive Manager, Advanced Safety Systems and Autonomous Driving, Daimler AG


Maritime: Surface, Subsea Development and Acquisition

  • Richard Lawson, President, International Ocean Science Technology Industry Association (Moderator)
  • Howard Berkof, Deputy Program Manager, Navy Unmanned Maritime Systems (UMS), Program Office (PMS 406)
  • Thomas Crabbs, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator at Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Michael Gratton, Senior Research Scientist, Unmanned Systems, Metron, Inc.
  • Jerry Sgobbo, Chief Executive Officer, Dive Technologies
  • Brian McKeon, Director of Development & Chief Scientist for Unmanned Systems Group, Huntington Ingalls

11:45 a.m. – 12:35 a.m.

General Session #2 – Innovative Adoption of Autonomous Technology: A Corporate Perspective 

Innovative methods to adopt, adapt and innovate within a corporate culture

  • David Ihrie, Chief Technology Officer,  CIT (Moderator)
  • Implementation of Unmanned Aerial Systems
    • Nate Robie,  UAS Program Manager, Dominion Energy
    • Jonathan Owens, Business Performance Analyst – Ohio Integrity Management, Dominion Energy
  • Autonomous Electric Vehicles
    • Julie Manzari, Innovation Strategist, Dominion Energy
    • Eta Nahapetian, Economic Strategies and Innovation, Department of Economic Initiatives, Fairfax County

12:35 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. 


1:25 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.

Governor Ralph Northam, Commonwealth of Virginia Remarks

1:40 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

General Session #3 – Built In Virginia Innovation, Investment and Success

  • Patrick Cushing, Williams Mullen (Moderator)
  • Paul Perrone, President and Chief Executive Officer, Perrone Robotics Inc.
  • Tom Walker, Chief Executive Officer, DroneUP

2:35 p.m. – 3:20 p.m. 

Breakout Session #2 – Technical Tracks

UAS Applied to Public Safety and Emergency Management

  • Charles Werner.  President, DroneResponders Public Safety Alliance and Chief of Charlottesville Fire and Rescue (Moderator)
  • Roy Shrout, CEM Deputy Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management. Fairfax County
  • Andrew Waters, Captain, York County Fire and Life Safety
  • Benjamin Worcester, Division Commander, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office


Autonomous Systems:  Intellectual Property and Data Securing Challenges for Sea/Air/Land and Space.

  • Jonathan Redway, Dickinson Wright PLLC (Moderator)
  • Drew Dudash, Researcher, Noblis
  • Evandro G. Valente, CTO and Co-Founder, Airgility, Inc.

All Day

Tech Expo – Demonstrations – Atrium, grass areas, parking lot, small road