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: Senior Technical Program Manager
Joined the team: 2021
Hometown: Oakland, California
Tell us a little bit about your background and the work you did before joining the Volansi team?
I’d spent 16 years at Insitu and watched it grow from a startup to where it is today in various roles: IT support initially, and eventually into a software test engineer role for Insitu’s ScanEagle and RQ-21A Blackjack air vehicle platforms before becoming the software product manager for RQ-21A.
In your own words, what do you do at Volansi?
I’m the senior technical program manager for what we call the SARA stack (software, avionics and robotics architecture) and am responsible for the cost, schedule and performance of the engineering teams that build the “guts” of our air vehicles.
What has been your favorite project so far at Volansi?
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a huge fan of cycling of various types (mountain, road, bikepacking/bike touring) and am also a big fan of modern board games.
Who are your heroes in aviation, drone, or logistics history? Why?
The Pony Express was one of the first examples of having a unified, transcontinental system for logistics that existed which paved the way for future ventures to improve upon. So, no specific heroes per se, but a service that had broken ground on what was within the realm of the possible.
We are in the dawn of unmanned flight and autonomous mobility. What are the applications that excite you most?
I’m excited about using drones to collect and provide data in situations that would otherwise be dangerous for human beings to be in whether that be for military or for commercial disaster relief. I’m also excited by possibilities of being able to provide time-critical humanitarian aid via medical deliveries.