Dr. Amber L. Wilson is the Manager of Aviation Technology for the Virginia Department of Aviation. In that capacity, Dr. Wilson works closely with agency leaders to guide the Commonwealth's growth and oversight of unmanned aerial systems and the UAS industry. This is accomplished through developing and recommending rules and regulations to ensure the safe operation and integration of UAS and other emerging technologies with manned aircraft, and educating the public on UAS benefits and safe operations. She serves on the Unmanned Systems Advisory Board for the Virginia Unmanned Systems Center at the Center for Innovation, served on the Advisory Board for Untrafficked, manages the Governor's Aerospace Advisory Council and SB307 DOAV UAS Work Group, supports legislative liaison efforts for the Virginia General Assembly, leads the HB742 DOAV Work Group and manages the Virginia Flight Information Exchange (VA- FIX).
Dr. Wilson completed her Ph.D. in International Development from The University of Southern Mississippi. Her researched focused on aviation's role in human trafficking and through that research, she developed human trafficking training for the aviation industry. She completed her Master's of Science degree in Aerospace, specifically Aviation Safety and Security Management and her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Airport Management from Middle Tennessee State University. She is a anti-human trafficking and aviation expert, has extensive human trafficking training, earned the International Aerodome Certified Employee distinction and the Airport Security Coordinator certification. Her current research focuses on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, aviation role in human trafficking and aviation safety.