Join 8,500 technologists, regulators and users across commercial and defense sectors for AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019, the largest, most comprehensive trade show for unmanned and autonomous systems. As adoption spreads and applications expand, XPONENTIAL is the one event that brings together the entire unmanned systems community to share ideas, collaborate across markets, capitalize on best practices and emerging trends and harness the power of unmanned technology for your business.

Connect the dots on cross-industry opportunities:

Connect the dots on cross-industry opportunities:


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The IDEA Room


Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Room: S505

Registration Fees:

  • Complimentary for all XPONENTIAL attendees
  • Pre-registration is required

AeroVironment presents a series of compelling forums that bring together some of the greatest minds in the unmanned systems community. These forums are engineered to engage, inform, and educate our audience on a variety of topics regarding robotics, military and commercial unmanned systems, and where the industry is headed in the future. Please join us in this ongoing conversation that will push our industry forward.


The IDEA Room presents …

Industry and Academia Collaboration: The Future of Drones

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Learn how various universities are partnering with the unmanned systems community to push the envelope in future drone technology.

Dr. Mujahid Abdulrahim, Robotics GNC Engineer, Sr. Staff, AeroVironment


  • Scott Newbern, V.P & Chief Technology Officer, AeroVironment
  • Dr. Marvin Andujar, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of South Florida
  • Dr. Kevin Kochersberger, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Dr. Jack W. Langelaan, Associate Professor, Aerospace Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Dr. Louise Manfredi, Assistant Professor, Industrial and Interaction Design, Syracuse University
  • Professor Don Carr, IDSA Program Coordinator, MFA in Design; Industrial and Interaction Design
  • SyracuseCoE Faculty Fellow

The Power of People & Culture AeroVironment Leadership Roundtable & Networking Mixer

Roundtable: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Networking Mixer: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Innovative collaborators thrive at AeroVironment. Learn about AeroVironment’s mission of innovation and opportunities to become our next generation of explorers.

Speak one on one with a representative to learn more about career opportunities at AeroVironment.

Steve Gitlin, VP, Corporate Strategy, Investor Relations & Communication, AeroVironment


  • Alison Roelke, VP, People & Culture, AeroVironment
  • Scott Newbern, VP & Chief Technology Officer, AeroVironment
  • Ken Karkin, Sr. VP, Operations, AeroVironment
  • David Sharpin, VP, Sales & Business Development, AeroVironment
  • Tom Vaneck, VP & Managing Director, AeroVironment New England Innovation Center