Mr. Dallas Brooks is the Director, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory at Mississippi State University and the Associate Director of the ASSURE FAA UAS Center of Excellence (COE). As the Raspet Director, he is responsible for MSU’s broad spectrum of government and commercial manned and unmanned aviation research, development, test and engineering (RDT&E) programs. As the Associate Director for ASSURE, he develops and coordinates research strategies and focus areas for over 20 of the nation’s leading universities specializing in unmanned systems integration, safety, operations and policy.
A recognized national leader in unmanned systems integration, he engages and coordinates with national and international regulatory, support and administrative agencies to help ensure that the tremendous capabilities of unmanned systems are realized. Mr. Brooks’ aviation and technical experience spans over 30 years, over 20 of which were in service to America’s armed forces at home and overseas. Mr. Brooks serves on multiple national-level Boards, Committees, and Steering Groups. He is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. He also serves as co-chair the Federal multi-agency UAS Sense and Avoid Science and Research Panel, supporting 8 Federal agencies including the FAA, the DoD, NASA and DHS to identify and solve key sense-and-avoid challenges. He has served on four FAA UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committees, and is a regular featured speaker on UAS integration issues and solutions.