Dr. R. Michael Guterres is a Principal at The MITRE Corporation's Center for Advanced Aviation System Development in McLean, Virginia, U.S.A. His primary area of activity is in Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
He joined MITRE in 2014 where he is responsible for several projects in integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace system. He has served as the lead for the UAS integration pathfinder program where the FAA and industry partnered to explore technologies and processes for safe UAS flights beyond the line of sight of the pilot in the US national airspace. He is also leading multiple teams in the definition of SUAS operational safety requirements for airspace access, new methods for certification of fleets of UAS as well as the future integration of high density sUAS operations in urban environments.
Before joining MITRE Dr. Guterres was Director of Engineering at Textron Unmanned Systems where he led all unmanned aircraft product development, product strategy and engineering. He spearheaded the development of several unmanned aircraft currently in use by US DOD and international customers. His systems have accrued over 1.2 million flight hours in operations.
He received a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Maryland at College Park in Aerodynamics and Propulsion.