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Corridors to Advance Air Mobility

- CDT
Devvie, 1st Floor & Virtual

Darshan Divakaran
AFWERX, Senior Operations Research Analyst

Darshan Divakaran is an aviation innovation leader, technology evangelist, high-tech intrapreneur, executive consultant, geospatial strategist and technology keynote speaker with expertise in unmanned aviation, aviation development, flight operations, airborne safety, remote sensing, geospatial analysis and program management. His areas of expertise in unmanned aviation also includes Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), Counter-UAS (CUAS) and Urban Air Mobility. He has been recognized by Interdrone and Commercial UAV News as one of the top commercial drone visionaries.

He works for the United States Air Force as the Senior Operations Research Analyst on the AFWERX program. He is also the program manager on Agility Prime and AFVentures, which are innovative programs under AFWERX. In addition he supports the industry engagement, outreach and educational initiatives for AFWERX.

Darshan holds a Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology degree from North Carolina State University and BS in Professional Aeronautics and Aviation Management from Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University. He is also an FAA certified commercial pilot with multi engine rating and holds a FAA part 107 remote pilot certificate.

Ted Lehr
City of Austin, Data Architect

Dr. Ted Lehr is a Data Architect at the Center for Excellence and Innovation with the City of Austin, Texas. He has over 20 years of experience, including engineering executive management, in the private sector in large and small companies. Ted currently facilitates or participates in several university-industry-City of Austin research collaborations. He recently initiated and led Austin's signing a master research agreement with UT-Austin. Dr. Lehr lectures in Computer Science at Texas State University where, in 2015, Texas State recognized him as an Outstanding Part-Time Faculty for the quality of his teaching and research outreach. In 2017, he was designated a "Favorite Professor" by the honor students at Texas State. Ted received his Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon-University.

Adrian Doko
AUVSI, Lone Star, President

Mr. Doko is the President of the Lone Star Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics and represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in industry, government and academia. He is also the founder of Imperial Aerial, Inc., which is a provider of professional drone services that has FAA authorization to provide aerial services throughout the United States.  

Lt Col Martin Salinas
AFWERX, COO

Col(s) Martin Salinas is the Chief Operations Officer for AFWERX, Air Force Research Laboratory, Austin, TX. 

Col Salinas received his commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program in 1999 from Texas A&M University, and completed undergraduate navigator training at Randolph AFB, Texas. His operational experiences include duty as a B-52H Standardization and Evaluation Electronic Warfare (EW) Officer with the 96 Bomb Squadron, Barksdale AFB, LA, and as an Undergraduate EW and Navigator training instructor with the 563 Flying Training Squadron, Air Education and Training Command (AETC) Randolph, AFB, Texas. Following this, Colonel Salinas was assigned to the Air Force Personnel Center as Chief of Bomber assignments where he managed 1200 personnel across multiple specialties and lead the development of strategic manpower planning for B-52 and B-2 bomber aircraft personnel. He has served as the Secretary of the Air Force International Affairs’ inaugural Italian Air Staff Exchange Officer, in Rome, Italy where Colonel Salinas worked closely with multiple levels of political and military stakeholders to include the Italian Ministry of Defense, the Italian Joint Staff, and The U.S. Embassy. In returning to the United States, Colonel Salinas served as the 2d Operations Group Deputy Commander, 2d Bomb Wing Inspector General, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana, and then Director of Operations for the F-35 U.S. Reprogramming Laboratory, Eglin AFB, Florida. Prior to his current position he was the Mission Design Team lead for AFWERX Agility Prime and a Test Director for the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC), Detachment 2, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. As a Test Director he led test and operational context initiatives for experimental programs such as Agility Prime’s electronic vertical take-off and landing aircraft portfolio, and Skyborg’s Autonomous Attritable Aircraft experiment (AAAx). 

Glenn Hamer
TX Association of Business, President and CEO

Glenn comes to TAB after 14 years as CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry, where he led the state’s business community to numerous public policy victories helping Arizona have one of the country’s most competitive economies.

In Arizona, Hamer played a central role in major tax, education, legal, and health care victories, and was a nationwide leader in the business community’s advocacy for the passage of the United States-Mexico- Canada Agreement, or USMCA, the successor agreement to NAFTA. Recognizing the global race for talent to keep our economy strong, he is also a recognized champion for reforming our country’s broken immigration system. Mr. Hamer’s leadership on international issues makes him a sought-after participant in international trade missions. Hamer served on the Governor's Arizona-Mexico Commission for five years. Along with critical trips to Mexico, he has joined international delegation with governors, mayors, and the U.S. Chamber in Canada, China, Taiwan, Israel, and the United Kingdom.

In 2018, Mr. Hamer led the founding of Chamber Business News, a news-gathering outlet that provides original reporting on business and political news, insights and analysis throughout the state.

Prior to the chamber Glenn served as chief of staff to Arizona Congressman Matt Salmon, executive director of the Arizona Republican Party, legislative assistant to Sen. Jon Kyl, and executive director of the Solar Energy Industries Association. He is a Graduate of Cornell University and Arizona State University's College of Law. Hamer serves on the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and chairs its committee of 100, the group of top chambers in the country.

Rob Lowe
FAA, Regional Administrator

Rob Lowe is the Regional Administrator for Federal Aviation Administration's Southwest Region, including the states of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico. Rob is the FAA Administrator’s principal representative for this region and its 4,900 employees. As Regional Administrator, he provides corporate leadership and represents the FAA before industry, government organizations, and civic and private interest groups. He directs delivery of corporate services in the region including command and communication operations, building and facility services, executive services, and cross-organizational project integration.

Rob also serves as the Department of Transportation (DOT) Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinator (RETCO) supporting FEMA Region VI. As the DOT executive lead for Transportation Emergency Support Function (ESF-1) across a large multi-state area, he leads DOT emergency transportation programs across all DOT modes while ensuring development, training and deployment of emergency preparedness/response plans. As the RETCO, Rob serves as the executive point of contact and linkage to transportation stakeholders, local, state and federal agencies and elected officials.

Rob Lowe has more than 36 years of FAA experience and has held numerous leadership positions across multiple service units within the agency. The majority of his public service career has been in the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization (ATO) in roles that include the Central Service Area Director of Operations for Air Traffic Services South, Terminal Operations, Technical Operations and System Operations. Known for his systemic operational expertise and customer relations, Rob also has spent a number of years in the Washington DC area working in FAA HQ and the Air Traffic Control System Command Center (ATCSCC). He has also led large service delivery point facilities such as Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON), and all the Air Traffic Control Towers and TRACONs in Northern Texas, New Mexico and Louisiana. Extensive experience in Crisis Response and Emergency Operations is another trademark of Rob Lowe’s federal service playing crucial leadership roles in response to events such as September 11, 2001, Hurricanes, wild fires and floods. He served as the senior Department of Transportation representative (S-1) in New Orleans, Louisiana, immediately after Hurricane Katrina leading the evacuation, response and initial restoration for which he was recognized with the Department of Transportation’s highest award (Gold Medal) for his actions.

Born in Albuquerque, NM, Rob is also an accomplished Sports Public Address Announcer. He is often heard across Texas and around the country announcing Airshows, as well as High School, NCAA, and Professional sporting events.


The global air taxi passenger mobility market is forecasted to grow from ~$1.5B in 2025 to more than $150B by 2035. And electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) lies at the core of this burgeoning market. With promises of quieter operation, fewer maintenance requirements, and lower operational costs, VCs aren’t the only ones with enhanced interest in the eVTOL industry. The military is equally focused on the electric future of vertical lift. 

Join this diverse panel of speakers to learn more about the U.S. Air Force’s efforts to accelerate the eVTOL transition through dual-use development campaigns in central Texas. With a presentation followed by Q&A, you will discover the potential of this new technology to positively disrupt military operations and the urban mobility landscape alike.


Attendees (61)

Wayne Polatkan
Wayne Polatkan
Tuloy, Chief Executive Officer
Ben James
Ben James
Tubular Network, Cofounder & CEO
Mike Grubbs
Mike Grubbs
BTRY, Co-Founder & CEO
Derek Denton
Derek Denton
MDM Wound Ventures Inc, Co-Founder & CEO
Trent Edwards
Trent Edwards
MGMWERX, Director
SA
Steve Amos
HealthCode, CEO/Founder
TK
Todd Kirby
Fluor, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Activate, VP, Defense Innovation
Liya Smolina
Liya Smolina
AWS, Air Force Account Manager
Ken Phillips
Ken Phillips
Ultra, Capture Manager
Matthew Schuler
Matthew Schuler
Saint Industries Inc, Chief Strategy Officer - PCADS HALO
Stephen Ellis (Prime)
Stephen Ellis (Prime)
Air Education and Training Command, Det 62, Learning Coordinator, Agility Prime
RG
Randy Groves
Exabyte.io, Business Development Public Sector
Michael Williams
Michael Williams
Boeing, Principal Advanced Technologist
Ramon Sellers
Ramon Sellers
Siemens, National Federal Business Manager
Nelson Salas
Nelson Salas
Grug Group / JetX, Founder
Mahdi Schindelheim
Mahdi Schindelheim
GridRaster, / Head of Enterprise Sales & Strategy
Tom Dougherty
Tom Dougherty
Intelligent Waves, VP software Products
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