Mr. Dallas Brooks is the Director, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory at Mississippi State University and the Associate Director of the ASSURE FAA UAS Center of Excellence. As the Raspet Director, he oversees a $50M portfolio of innovative unmanned aircraft research, development, test and engineering programs As the Associate Director for ASSURE, he develops and coordinates research strategies and focus areas for over 20 of the nation’s leading universities specializing in unmanned systems integration, safety, operations and policy. He also directs ASSURE’s UAS Safety Research Center, a national-level research facility that focuses on enhancing the safety and efficiency of UAS operations in a broad range of environments.
Mr. Brooks is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. He also serves as co-chair of the Federal UAS Science and Research Panel, supporting 8 Federal agencies including the FAA, the DoD, NASA and DHS to identify and solve key UAS integration technical challenges. He has served on four FAA UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committees, and has testified before the United States Senate Commerce Committee on unmanned systems policy and integration challenges. Mr. Brooks led the multi-agency effort that resulted in Mississippi’s UAS Partnership being selected as the Department of Homeland Security’s Common UAS Test & Demonstration Facility, which supports large-scale UAS evaluation, test and full-scale exercises in both restricted and non-restricted airspace.