Meet the team behind Volansi’s flying robots. Each week we share stories from the team at Volansi highlighting their journey to joining the team, how they help keep our drones taking off, and some quirky fun along the way.
Title at Volansi: Standards Manager, Flight Operations
Joined the team: 2018
Team member #4
Hometown: I had the opportunity to live in various places, including Ft. Worth, Phoenix, Miami, and Stuttgart, Germany. My dad was in the US Air Force, so we moved about every three years
Tell us a little bit about your background and the work you did before joining the Volansi team?
I attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) – Prescott where I double-majored in Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Aeronautics and minored in Business Administration. While at ERAU I was a Chief Unmanned Systems Flight Instructor as well as President of the UAS Club. Some of the students I taught are currently working at Volansi! Everything I did in college was centered around unmanned aircraft, ranging from racing drones to endurance gliders to autonomous topographic mapping projects to support university construction projects. I believe the experience that I gained in college, combined with the energy and innovation that my peers shared with my RC hobby, led to my career at Volansi.
In your own words, what do you do at Volansi?
I am the standards manager and subject matter expert for Flight Operations. I get to do a little bit of everything. I fly, learn, instruct, build, and create processes to ensure the safe and successful flights of Volansi aircraft.
What has been your favorite project so far at Volansi?
A demonstration in Puerto Rico. We flew the VOLY C10 26 miles across the open ocean delivering medical supplies to islands as part of emergency relief efforts after hurricanes Maria and Florence.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I fly RC planes, fix cars, and eat well. I’m steadily becoming a better 3D giant-scale RC pilot and I like to fly with old college friends when I can. I’m also rebuilding my grandfather’s 1972 Suburban.
Who are your heroes in aviation, drone, or logistics history?
While studying business at an engineering and tech school, I greatly admired that Elon Musk used his success from PayPal to create SpaceX and break into the electric car industry with Tesla. I found it inspiring and it really made me think, what can I or anyone really do with success?
We are in the dawn of unmanned flight and autonomous mobility. What are the applications that excite you most?
I would love to see the city from above during my daily commute. I’m excited to see how innovation will drive innovation and how changing the scope of everyday logistics will allow other new-age technologies to breach the surface, especially in regards to sustainability.