Donnie graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he earned both his BS (2012) and MS (2013) in Mechanical Engineering. At Panoptes, he leads the development of flight operations for commercial opportunities and acts as the Chief Pilot, designing and carrying out all test flights. Donnie also actively engages in the development of Panoptes’ environment perception and collision avoidance technologies.
While at Virginia Tech, Donnie worked closely with UAS for several years on projects involving the application of UAS systems to nuclear forensics, search-and-rescue, and precision agriculture. His goal is to enable businesses interested in using unmanned aircraft, and to extend the breadth of their use in a rapidly growing UAS market.