Jerry Hendrix is the Director of UAS Programs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville leading all UAS research and testing supporting commercial, military and governmental customers alike including the FAA’s ASSURE Program. Prior to coming to UAH, he was the Executive Director for the Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation where he worked for the Texas A&M University System in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is an aerospace leader having worked for industry including Boeing, L3 Communications and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) for over 35 years. Jerry has supported FAA, NASA and DOD missions over his career and is a published author in technical journals.
Jerry received his Associate of Mathematics degree from Gordon College, a Bachelors of Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and performed graduate studies in Operations Research / Business Management at the University of Houston.
Jerry is a recognized technical leader and technical fellow with program management and technical project leadership experience leading large (>$100M) as well as small scale projects. (Avionics, F22 Trainers and Software Manager on the International Space Station) He worked closely with the FAA on the Counter UAS Research Program conducting multi-UAS operations in and around the Dallas Fort-Worth Airport operating as nefarious actors. Jerry was the Air Wing1 Commander responsible for disaster response using UAS for the state of Texas and via the FEMA Texas Task Force 1. Recently, Jerry supported DHS S&T on their Next Generation First Responder Shaken Fury event acting as the Air Boss for multi-UAS operations, conducted UAS operations for airport emergency exercises and is the Principal Investigator for the FAA’s new Disaster Preparedness and Response Program.