Mentors: Guiding Your Journey to Success

At the Oregon UAS Accelerator, we understand that the path to success is paved with challenges and opportunities. That's why we've assembled a team of exceptional mentors – industry leaders, seasoned entrepreneurs, and subject matter experts – who are dedicated to guiding and supporting our participants every step of the way.

Our mentors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, spanning various domains within the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry. From technical development and engineering to business strategy, investor readiness, and regulatory compliance, our mentors possess the expertise to help you navigate the complexities of the UAS landscape.

Invaluable Guidance and Support

Through one-on-one mentorship sessions, group workshops, and hands-on guidance, our mentors will share their insights, best practices, and lessons learned from their own entrepreneurial journeys. They will work closely with you to refine your business model, fine-tune your pitch, and develop a comprehensive go-to-market strategy.

Our mentors are not just advisors; they are partners in your success. They will challenge you to think critically, push you to explore new perspectives, and provide the support and encouragement you need to overcome obstacles and achieve your goals.

A Diverse Pool of Expertise

Our mentor team comprises a diverse group of professionals with backgrounds in various industries, including aerospace, defense, agriculture, construction, and more. This diversity ensures that you have access to a broad range of perspectives and expertise, enabling you to explore the vast potential of UAS technologies across multiple sectors.

Whether you're developing cutting-edge hardware solutions, pioneering new software applications, or exploring innovative use cases, our mentors will provide tailored guidance and support to help you unlock the full potential of your UAS venture.

  • STEVE LAWN

    Chief of Staff (CoS)
    Oregon UAS Accelerator

  • DANIEL FULLER

    Technical Mentor in Residence
    Oregon UAS Accelerator

  • DARRYL ABLING

    UAS Range Manager

  • ERIC SMIDT

    UAS Operations Specialist

  • Nathan Lillegard

    Lead Instructor
    Curriculum Development

  • Dr. Muhammad Rahman

    Senior Advisor
    Non-Dilutive Grant Writing

  • Marc Bellotti

    Senior Advisor
    Tech Due Diligence / IP / Technology Assessment

  • Tom Mattoon

    Senior Advisor
    Operational Strategy / Technology Assessment / Revenue Modeling

  • Joseph Wyno

    Executive Director
    Oregon UAS Accelerator

  • CHRIS PONZILLO

    Chief Marketing Officer
    Oregon UAS Accelerator

JOIN OUR MENTOR NETWORK

We are constantly seeking to expand our mentor network with experienced professionals who share our passion for driving innovation and supporting entrepreneurship. If you have a proven track record in the UAS industry, a successful entrepreneurial background, or expertise in areas such as technology, business strategy, or investor relations, we invite you to join our mentor network.

By becoming a mentor, you'll have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, contribute to the growth of the UAS ecosystem, and play a pivotal role in shaping the future of this dynamic industry.