Paul Strande is the Deputy Director of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Research Division within the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS Integration Office. In this role, Mr. Strande amplifies the vision and priorities of the Research Director through his skills in program management, building partnerships, and managing resources to develop UAS Research plans, perform analysis, and support programs that help safely expand operational capabilities.
Prior to joining the UAS Integration Office, Mr. Strande was the manager of the Research & Development Portfolio Branch in the Portfolio Management & Technology Development office of the FAA NextGen Organization. In that role, he was responsible for planning and execution of research and development in the areas of Closely Spaced Parallel Operations, Wake Turbulence, Paired Approaches, and Ground Based Augmentation System. In his role as the FAA subject matter expert for Multiple Runway Operations, Mr. Strande was recognized for his leadership in collaboration across the with other organizations within the FAA and with Industry to develop and execute integrated plans to advance and implement NextGen capabilities including wake re-categorization and simultaneous independent and dependent approaches at NAS airports.
Mr. Strande has over 15 years of experience in both private and government program management and engineering. Additional FAA work experience includes FAA concept and requirements development for NextGen Aviation Weather programs, management of the supporting activities in the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS) Enterprise Architecture, and management of processes and partnerships for technology transfers of research with internal FAA and external partners. Prior to joining the FAA, Mr. Strande performed systems and hardware engineering for systems that enhanced situational awareness for Navy amphibious assault ships.
Mr. Strande holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, a M.S. in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and is PMP and P/PM Level III certified.