Industry expert with experience in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), aviation/aerospace, and geospatial industries. Jesse has served as a trusted adviser to executives at Fortune 500 companies, Members of Congress, senior officials at the FAA and White House, leading Silicon Valley Venture Capital groups, among others. Jesse has been featured in a variety of print and broadcast media outlets such as CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Washington Post, Bloomberg, and has spoken at a large number of trade shows and events.
Jesse has spent his career in various parts of the industry and is now focused on leading the go to market and partnership activities for Xwing who are bringing autonomy to the aviation market. Previously he led the North American operation of Airbus’ global satellite imaging business, Airbus Intelligence and served as an executive within the broader Airbus Americas. He also founded a new business unit for Airbus called Airbus Aerial which brought together drones, satellites and analytics for various key industries.
He was also an early employee of Airware where he led work with global drone manufacturers, service providers and major corporations looking to use UAS technology. He also led the companies to work with the FAA and other regulatory agencies domestically and abroad to advance commercial drone regulations around the world. He was also the President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the leading trade organization for unmanned systems, and was also the CEO of the Small UAV Coalition.
Jesse received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology where his research focused on aerodynamic design of drones along with air traffic management and optimization. After his graduate work, he spent many years working at the FAA and other federal agencies helping to develop the framework for integrating drones into the U.S. National Airspace System. His work focused on evaluating the wide range of NextGen systems and how drones could potentially tie in, as well as looking at what technologies would be required for safe and efficient integration.