It seems that initial impressions and preliminary promises of the efficiency gains from utilizing UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) has lost its luster in recent years due to bureaucratic bottlenecks and increased safety concerns. The promises from the UAS industry about taking over every use case they could think of from…
A Systems Engineering Project Manager for the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works working with the best engineers in the business on the cutting edge of technology. In this role, Chris is responsible for over 80 employees on a diverse engineering team that provides direct customer solutions in worldwide locations.
His diverse background includes 5 years working avionics on AV-8B Harriers in the United States Marine Corps, deploying several times including to Afghanistan after 9/11. After leaving the military he moved onto a litany of different responsibilities at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, ranging from avionics to system and flight engineering, where he has worked on a variety of aircraft including the F-22 Raptor, C-130J, U-2 Dragon Lady and eventually moving onto one of the coveted system engineering positions at the highly classified and infamous Lockheed Martin Skunk Works.
Finishing his professional degree from Embry-Riddle in 2006 where he graduated with a degree in Aerospace Engineering and then moved on to a Masters program in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering, he has advanced in every capacity he has ever held winning multiple coveted awards in the industry to include a NOVA award in 2010, which is currently the companies highest honor.
As the co-director of Engineering and technology, Dan Dirksen specializes in implementing new technologies and creating processes to streamline the flow of actionable data. Prior to Avisight, Dirksen has steadily grown his experience in the aerospace industry over the past 15 years as an avionics test engineer with Lockheed Martin, design engineer with Northrop Grumman, and as engineering consultant for various emerging companies. He holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from San Jose State University.
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