Cory Dixon (Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering 2010, M.S. Aerospace Engineering 2003, B.S. Computer Science 2001, B.S. Aerospace Engineering 2001) has been involved with the design, development, and testing of autonomous robotic systems for over sixteen years ranging from small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to explosive ordinance disposal (EOD) ground robotic systems. Dr. Dixon was the first doctoral candidate to graduate from the Research and Engineering Center for Unmanned Vehicles (RECUV) at the University of Colorado in Boulder. His Ph.D. research focused on using unmanned aircraft as airborne communication relays in ad hoc wireless networks. Dr. Dixon started flying model aircraft when he was ten years old and has been involved in the ground-up design of four different unmanned aircraft systems that have been successfully deployed in commercial and academic field experiments. In total, he has worked with or flown over thirteen different unmanned aircraft systems, with commercial and open source autopilot systems, ranging in field deployments from artic climate research in Alaska, to photogrammetry of the beaches of Vieques, Puerto Rico, and tornado chasing across the Central Great Plains.
Dr. Dixon returns to CU after spending seven years in industry designing and deploying commercial robotic systems. While at Stratom, Inc. Dr. Dixon focused his research on ground robotic systems and was a Principal Investigator for a Phase I, and two Phase II DoD SBIRs, managing over $3M in total research budget. He ultimately departed the company as the Director of R&D to become a founding partner of Black Swift Technologies, a small business focused on designing and deploying custom sUAS solutions for commercial and government clients. Dr. Dixon is excited to be part of the enriching experience that an academic institution provides while utilizing his commercial experience to bring practical innovation into the university system.