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NMSU’s Physical Science Laboratory to host conference in Santa Fe

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technical Analysis and Applications Center will host its 19th annual conference in December. The agenda includes several sessions, panels and speakers throughout the three-day conference.


The UAS TAAC conference will give participants the opportunity to “hear state-of-the-art discussions related to UAS, communicate to others about their technology and approaches, and enter into collaborations related to their interests,” said Joanne Esparza, director of the Physical Science Laboratory at New Mexico State University.

The conference will be in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and will begin with a reception on the evening of Dec. 4, followed by two days of general sessions. Thursday, Dec. 7, will be focused on counter UAS and will be held at Kirtland Air Force Base.

In the past, many government and industry leaders have attended the conference.

“We anticipate the same caliber of speakers and attendees from several federal agencies and aviation user groups, as well as private industries and universities,” Esparza said.

Speakers include Major General Steven Grove from the Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization, Dr. Patrick Baker from the Army Research Laboratory, Sabrina Saunders-Hodge from the Federal Aviation Administration and Dallas Brooks from the RASPET Flight Research Laboratory at Mississippi State University.

There will be many opportunities for networking and interaction during the event. Esparza said they encourage anyone who has an interest in unmanned aircraft systems to participate.

“Even in this modern electronic age, nothing can replace that person-to-person contact,” she said.

The conference will take place at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa in Santa Fe. The last day to register is Monday, Nov. 27. To register and for more information, please visit https://taac.nmsu.edu.