Tom is a leading policy expert in the development of the unmanned systems industry as an economic development cluster and in the implementation of autonomous systems for civil/commercial use. He was the leader of the successful initiative to secure FAA UAS Test Site designation for Nevada and he is the state contact to the FAA for management of the Test Sites. As the leading authority for autonomous systems law and industry cluster development, his successes include the following:
*Effectively coalesced a diverse group of autonomous system experts and stakeholders throughout the State and the U.S. into a cohesive group of advocates with clear goals and objectives.
*Developed and then lead Nevada’s participation as a co-signatory to the UAS Memorandum of Understanding with the Province of Alberta, Canada; the first international UAS agreement of its kind in the world.
*Co-sponsored and helped to develop the August 2013 Titans of Industry event whereby executive leadership from the largest and most respected Unmanned Systems manufacturers convened in Las Vegas for a 1 1/ 2-day event where they shared industry perspectives with Nevada’s Universities and secondary education communities; a first of its kind event.
He possess’ greater than 25 years of experience in defense, energy, environmental and aerospace law. He supported numerous mission-critical programs for the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, National Nuclear Security Administration and regional and local governments. Tom managed select programs at the Nevada Test Site, Nellis Air Force Base, Tonopah Test Range and the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. Tom has represented various entities in the advancement of aerospace and renewable energy bills in the Nevada legislature and was lobbyist in previous legislative sessions. He has presented more than 1200 hours of lectures as a professor at the Jesuit-founded Regis University, Morrison University and the University of Phoenix.