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Emerging Commercial Markets

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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.

Tom Meagher
AFWERX, Prime Division Chief

Lt Col Tom Meagher is the Chief of the AFWERX Prime Division. He leads the acceleration of emerging dual-use technology markets by leveraging government resources for rapid and affordable fielding for the Department of the Air Force.

Lt Col Meagher commissioned from the Air Force Academy in 2004. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, he has held positions as an operational B-52 pilot, program manager, and test and evaluation pilot for multiple aircraft platforms. Recent assignments include commanding the 419th Flight Test Squadron for B-1, B-2, and B-52 developmental test and C-12 training operations, followed by graduation from the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.

Lt Col Rock McMillan
SpaceWERX, Director

Lt Col Walter "Rock" McMillan is the Director of SpaceWERX.

Lt Col McMillan entered the Air Force in 2003 through the University of Southern California ROTC program. He has served in a variety of program management and staff positions within Air Force Materiel Command, Pacific Air Forces, Air Force Space Command, and Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. He served as a Program Element Monitor for Military Satellite Communications programs and as Congressional Liaison Officer, House Division, Office of Legislative Liaison.

Dyan Gibbens
AFWERX, Strategic Advisor

Dyan Gibbens serves as a Strategic Advisor to AFWERX and SpaceWERX. Dyan studied engineering, instructed skydiving, and learned to fly at the U.S. Air Force Academy with experience in autonomy, aerospace, and AI. Dyan earned her MBA and, as a PhD candidate, her research in industrial engineering focused on computer vision and optimization. Dyan supported drone and leadership initiatives during Obama and Trump administrations, gaining Fortune and Forbes recognition, and supported G7 I7 in Italy. In 2019, Google selected Dyan as 1 of 8 globally to serve on the Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (AI Council). In 2020, the U.S. CTO asked her to serve on the Global Partnership on AI (GPAI) supporting responsible AI.



Agility Prime, the Air Force Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) program, is a giant leap forward in military thinking on new competitive markets. Through unprecedented commercial partnerships, we are leveling the playing field to support this emerging market in the U.S. But it will not be the last program of its type. Space debris remediation, quieter supersonic travel, and other frontier industries are just a few that are poised to be next. 

Come hear more about the AFWERX Prime Division's mission and vision for identifying and accelerating dual-use technologies for commercial success and defense utility. We’ll share successes of the past year, detail the road to fielding an eVTOL capability by 2023, and explain how AFWERX is "franchising" the Agility Prime framework to accelerate and transition dual-use technology related to the space domain.  


Attendees (100)

Wayne Polatkan
Wayne Polatkan
Tuloy, Chief Executive Officer
Judy Ayala
Judy Ayala
Nueducation Inc - lT Services, 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
Cullen Jones (He/Him)
Cullen Jones (He/Him)
Microsoft, Sr Startup Lead: National Security Group
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Steve Amos
HealthCode, CEO/Founder
Sergio Gallucci
Sergio Gallucci
SCOUT Inc., CTO
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Todd Kirby
Fluor, Director of Strategic Partnerships
John Chapman
John Chapman
Link to Learn, President
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Karen (KK) Krause-Bencal
Activate, VP, Defense Innovation
Matthew Schuler
Matthew Schuler
Saint Industries Inc, Chief Strategy Officer - PCADS HALO
Sophia Rodriguez
Sophia Rodriguez
Booz Allen Hamilton, Technology Infusion Leadership Team
Stephen Ellis (Prime)
Stephen Ellis (Prime)
Air Education and Training Command, Det 62, Learning Coordinator, Agility Prime
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Kara Carlson
Austin American-Statesman, Reporter
David Solomon
David Solomon
MTSI, Director, Technology Transition
Christopher Pavel
Christopher Pavel
Western Air Defense Sector, BCC Spark Cell, Senior Enlisted Leader
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Randy Groves
Exabyte.io, Business Development Public Sector
Michael Williams
Michael Williams
Boeing, Principal Advanced Technologist
Clive Cook
Clive Cook
precursor SPC, CEO
Ramon Sellers
Ramon Sellers
Siemens, National Federal Business Manager
Zachary and Levy
Zachary and Levy
Cognovi Labs, Managing Director
Nelson Salas
Nelson Salas
Grug Group / JetX, Founder
Dave Angeletti
Dave Angeletti
IN3/Tradewind, Ecosystem Director
Jeff Ribel
Jeff Ribel
Dark Wolf Solutions, LLC, Director, Strategic Accounts
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