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Monday, July 23 • 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Disaster Resilience: Drones

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Following last year's successful Disaster Resilience Symposium in Portland, we are organizing another gathering of leaders and decision makers from throughout the region to address common issues, examine solutions, and promote information sharing.  Co-hosting the Disaster Resilience Symposium with the larger PNWER Summit provided attendees with the opportunity to interact face-to-face with elected officials and legislators and increase awareness for important disaster resilience issues.

The Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) and its Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR) in partnership with Northeastern University’s Global Resilience Institute (GRI) have been awarded a 2017 National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Security and Resilience Challenge grant for critical infrastructure. The project seeks to develop technologies for UAS (drone) employment to technically inspect critical infrastructure in post disaster scenarios.

There is a need for rapid damage assessment of critical infrastructure immediately following a disaster. Emerging UAS technology is allowing for an expedited and detailed damage assessment of  infrastructure such as bridges and other steel and concrete structures within the built environment.
  • Current and Emerging Federal and State Policy
  • Drones and UAS Impacts on Response and Recovery
  • Private Sector Use of Drones for Critical Inspections
  • Drones in Wildfire Response
  • Privacy Considerations


  • Robert Hodgeman, Senior Aviation Planner, Washington State Department of Transportation, Aviation Division  
  • James Yates, Emergency Manager Coordinator, Thurston County Emergency
  • Taskin Padir, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University
  • Greg Thies, News Operations Manager, King 5 News
  • Tom Hagen, President, AUVSI Cascade Chapter
  • Charlton Evans, Principal Consultant End State Solutions
  • Jaethan Reichel, CEO, Lightship
  • Evan Reis, Director, PE, SE, Executive Director, Co-Founder, U.S. Building Resiliency Council 
More speakers TBA

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Charlton Evans

Founder and Principle Consultant, End State Solutions
Charlton has been a direct participant and contributor to the advancement of the aviation industry since he first began flying. His experiences first in civil aviation then in the United States Marine Corps have “firmly instilled a love of aviation, technology and leading teams... Read More →
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Tom Hagen

President, Enterprise Initiatives, Inc.
Tom Hagen is the president of Enterprise Initiatives, Inc., a company he founded in September 2003 to provide consulting, management and education services to the aerospace community and government agencies in aerospace and unmanned systems. Tom Hagen is also the president of the... Read More →
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Robert Hodgman

Senior Aviation Planner, Washington State Department of Transportation
With nearly 30 years in aviation and government service, Robert has stated that he is committed to advancing  many aviation and aerospace initiatives, including the facilitation of aviation safety, the enabling  of an efficient systems of airports, the improvement of modal connections... Read More →
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Eric Holdeman

Director; Working Group Co-chair, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local governments. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience, which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus... Read More →
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Lightship is your complete incident dashboard during an emergency. Real-time operational data is available to decision-makers, helping them make the best decisions possible without delay. Field observations submitted through digital forms on your mobile device are instantly available... Read More →
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Taskin Padir

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University
Dr. Taskin Padir received his PhD and MS degrees in electrical and computer engineering from Purdue University. He also has a BS in electrical and electronics engineering from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Dr. Padir's research interests include supervised autonomy... Read More →
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Evan Reis

Director, PE, SE, Executive Director, Co-Founder, U.S. Resiliency Council
Evan Reis, SE, is the Executive Director of the US Resiliency Council. He graduated from Stanford University in 1988. The following year he was back down on the Farm, helping the University recover from the Loma Prieta Earthquake, as the structural engineer for the retrofit of its... Read More →
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Greg Thies

News Operations Manager, King 5
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James Yates

Emergency Manager Coordinator, Thurston County Emergency Management
James Yates is currently an Emergency Management Coordinator for Thurston County, Washington where he is responsible for emergency operations and continuity plans. Mr. Yates has been involved in Emergency Management for over15 years, at the local, state, and federal government level... Read More →

Monday July 23, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm AKDT
Meeting Room 10

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