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Dennis J. Zaklan

Deputy director, NMSU UAS Flight Test Center
Las Cruces Campus
Physical Science Laboratory


Areas of Expertise

  • Unmanned Air Craft Systems (UAS) Technical Analysis And Applications Center (TAAC) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)

Expert Background

Dennis Zaklan Retired from the U.S. Navy as a master chief cryptologist and electronic warfare specialist following 29 years of service. He was a principle element in establishing the New Mexico State University’s Physical Science Laboratory as one of the nations’ leaders in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and the Technical Analysis and Applications Center which most of the UAS Community knows as “TAAC.” Zaklan established the NMSU TAAC Flight Operations Team in 2004, and performed as the lead for the FAA approval and establishment of the UAS Flight Test Center enabling government and civil entities a legal place to test, demonstrate and train crews. The University has been involved with unmanned aircraft since 1998.

Zaklan is the deputy director of the NMSU UAS Flight Test Center, and has recently been named as the interim director for TAAC.