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Board of Governors


The core mission of the Board of Governors (BOG) is to support the development of an integrated UAS industry in Michigan. The Board will meet on a quarterly basis. The governors will be asked to provide NMUASC management team with their recommendations on ways to improve NMUASC's service offering, enhance customer experiences and better position NMUASC and Michigan within the UAS industry.


The Board of Governors advisory role will mainly consist of providing guidance and strategic advice to the NMUASC management team. The BOG will support NMUASC management during its quarterly review of operations and will guide the managers during their decision-making processes. The BOG will be asked to interact and provide its recommendations on four main areas: R&D, supply chain, human resources requirements and business development.


George Kiefer, Vice-President of Avionics, GE Aviation
Valde Garcia, COL, MI Army National Guard (Ret.), Wyle Group
Craig Witte, General Manager, Aviation & Defense, Merrill Technologies Group
Gerald R. Lane, Business Developer & Project Manager at Great Lakes Systems & Technology LLC & President at AUVSI Great Lakes Chapter
Ella Atkins, Associate Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan
Colin Brooks, Manager of Environmental Science Laboratory, Senior Research Scientist, Michigan Technological Research Institute (MTRI)
Aaron Cook, Director of Aviation, Northwestern Michigan College