Brandon Stark

Position: UC Merced

Dr. Brandon Stark is the director of the University of California’s Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety, where he provides system-wide UAS expertise to all 10 of its campuses, cooperative extension network, field stations, and the UC’s Natural Reserve System. He is an expert on UAS technology, their use in research and commercial operations, regulations and policy, and risk assessment. He developed the UC UAS Safety Management System as an infrastructure to support and train UC staff, faculty and students for regulatory compliance, risk assessments and safety. He is also the chief policy writer for the UC system drone policy, and architect for UC UAS training programs and fleet management. As a grad student at UC Merced, Brandon built and crashed over 100 experimental drones.