Jerry Hendrix

Director of UAS Research Programs
University of Alabama Huntsville

Jerry Hendrix is the Director of UAS Programs at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) leading all UAS research and testing supporting commercial, military and governmental customers alike. Prior to coming to UAH he was the Executive Director for the FAA UAS Test Site in Texas, Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence and Innovation, where he worked for the Texas A&M University System in Corpus Christi, Texas (a Minority Serving Institution). Jerry, a Georgia Tech graduate was also a professor in UAS/engineering and led community outreach programs to local high schools (Girls in STEM, Moody High Tech Science Club, and Drone Expo.) Jerry was also instrumental in establishing the Collegiate First Person View Drone Racing with UAH and advanced UAS autonomy research with NASA Armstrong. He is an aerospace leader having worked for industry including Boeing, L3 Communications and Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) for over 35 years. Recently, Jerry was the Air Wing1 Commander responsible for disaster response using UAS for the state of Texas and via the FEMA Texas Task Force 1, most notably supporting UAS operations for Hurricane Harvey. Jerry also was instrumental in UAH being selected to be a part of the DHS Shaken Fury event. Jerry has supported FAA, NASA and DOD missions over his career and is a published author in technical journals in systems and software engineering. Jerry’s awards include the: • NASA distinguished selectee as a NASA Launch Honoree & Space Flight Awareness Award • NASA distinguished Selectee of the Astronaut Office coveted NASA Crew Award • Selected as an internationally recognized engineer/scientist with the Walter P. Batson Technical Fellowship Award • Twice selected by NASA for a NASA Group Achievement Award • Winner of the prestigious Texas A&M Corpus Christi - Presidential Order of the Silver Wave for bringing international recognition to the university

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