Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) promise to be the most significant transportation breakthrough since the jet engine. (Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are also called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or “drones.”)
The UAS industry is likely to be even more important in northern Nevada — and it’s critical for your professional development that you understand this key player in our economic future.
Federal approval of UAS testing in Nevada, aggressive creation of supporting infrastructure by government officials and visionary planning by leaders of the University of Nevada, Reno, are combining to supercharge growth of the industry in northern Nevada.
The industry is growing so rapidly, however, that our understanding can’t keep up. Once dominated by the drones that undertake roles in national defense, the UAV industry in Nevada today includes nimble entrepreneurs who are finding UAV applications that range from delivery of textbooks to the movement of packages around the interior of big warehouses. And a growing subsector of the industry in northern Nevada is creating the components and software that will be needed by UAV developers around the world.
Leaders of Nevada’s UAV companies, including Jinger Zeng, Skyworks Aerial Systems‘ COO and Maccallister Higgins, Nevada Dynamics‘s CEO, and Matthew Sweeny, Flirtey‘s CEO and Co-Founder. will share their visions for the UAS industry with NCET members on June 18. And they’ll tell how they manage to keep up in an industry in which the pace of technological change is accelerating. Read our Speaker Bios below.
Thursday, June 18, 2015 > Networking: 11:30 am – Noon / Program: Noon – 1:30 pm
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$35 – NCET members / $45 – General Admission
NEW! Tables for eight – includes premium location at front of room, table signage, and recognition from the podium during luncheon.
$280 – NCET members / $360 – General Admission
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Atlantis Casino Resort Spa Paradise Ballroom
3800 S. Virginia Street, Reno NV 89502
For more information, contact NCET at (775) 453-0130 or info@NCET.org
Jinger Zeng – Skyworks Aerial Systems
Jinger Zeng is the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Skyworks Aerial Systems, an award-winning robotics start-up based in Las Vegas that specializes in creating drones for educational, research and enterprise applications.
Skyworks Aerial Systems began as a student project and took off in 2014 when Jinger led the SkyworksAS team towards winning the grand prize in the Southern Nevada Business Plan Competition and first place in the NAPEC Globalization and Innovation Conference Business Plan competition. She now leads Skyworks’ business development, marketing and sales, corporate strategy and overall operations.
She is an avid STEM advocate with a passion for project-based learning and education and currently serves as an advisor to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Tau Beta Pi’s Engineering Honor Society.
Prior to SkyworksAS, she was the project engineer of the award-winning, net-zero solar house, DesertSol in the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2013 competition. She co-led the design, procurement, construction, and business development of the $700,000 project as a master’s student. The endeavor placed 2nd internationally and 1st in the US.
MacCallister Higgins – Nevada Dynamics
MacCallister J. S. Higgins is the CEO of Nevada Dynamics, a startup company focused on enabling the widespread commercial use of drones based on a hardware and software safety solution for unmanned autonomous system.
MacCallister has performed research in the field of Human-Robot Interaction as well as the large-scale control of Unmanned Autonomous Systems for the UNR Robotics group, including failure contingencies and safety systems. MacCallister is a recently graduated student in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno. He has worked at the Polymer Microsystems (PlUS) Lab under Dr. Geiger since early 2011 developing lab technologies, fabricating equipment, researching microfluidic methodologies, and assisting in several other projects with both masters and undergraduate students. Having worked on projects for the NASA OMEGA System and in support of various other grants through the PlUS Lab, he was awarded the Undergraduate Research Award to pursue the development of an on-demand, direct-write microfluidic fabrication system.
Matthew Sweeny – Flirtey
Matthew Sweeny, Flirtey CEO and Co-Founder. Flirtey is the world’s first commercial drone delivery service and was founded with the vision of revolutionising four industries – humanitarian, courier delivery, fast food and online retail