Dr. Dean Bushey is an autonomous systems consultant and expert, industry leader, and Professor of Computer Science at Florida Polytechnic University. His research focus is the next generation of automation, sensor, and communication/network technology for autonomous systems and self-driving vehicles. He is currently a STEM Professor in Computer Science at Florida Polytechnic University, the state’s newest University, solely focused on STEM. He has over 28 years of academic, business, and military educational leadership experience as a computer scientist, educator, pilot, unmanned systems expert in both industry and as a Senior Officer in the US Air Force. He has led international collations in autonomous systems and project management. He is also a Command Pilot, with over 4500 hours of aircraft command flight experience; including instructor pilot qualifications and experience in 6 different aircraft.
Before joining Florida Polytechnic, Dean served as a Senor Management Consultant to a Nuclear Engineering firm. He retired from the US Air Force, after 25 years of service, as a Senior Officer in 2013 as a full Colonel, where he had extensive unmanned systems, aviation and leadership experience.