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These are the “Women to Watch in UAS” — Five Women Honored by Women And Drones

BY Isabella Lee
17 September 2019

Women And Drones, the largest online platform for women in the UAS industry, recently announced the 2019 Women to Watch in UAS List. The award is designed to acknowledge and motivate women who are driving change and leading the drone industry closer to gender parity.

2019 Women To Watch In UAS

The nomination process resulted in 471 entries from 8 countries. The number of entries continues to increase every year, up from 288 nominations made for their 2018 list and 110 nominations for their 2017 list. The judging panel included Chris Korody of DroneBusiness.center, Helena Samsioe of GLOBHE, Jennifer Pidgen of Sundance Media Group, Cynthia Huang of DJI, Brooke Tapsall, Drone-Alert and Wendy Erikson of Women And Drones.

Women to Watch in UAS List 2019

The five exceptional female honorees selected are helping shape the UAS (unmanned aerial systems) future through achievements in a variety of categories including Humanitarian, Education, Entrepreneurial, Innovation, and Leadership.

Let’s meet the honorees:

Amrita Lal of Fiji

Humanitarian Honoree 

Lal serves as the Regional Coordinator at South Pacific Fly Labs. She uses drones to prepare quick and effective reporting methods for remote communities, in coordination with the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. Lal also worked with the Fiji Red Cross last year in the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Keni, using drones for disaster risk assessment and response operation.

Evangeline Corcoran of Australia

Innovation Honoree

As a Quantitative Ecologist, Corcoran’s research revolves around the development of new detection and population modeling techniques for wildlife using drones, thermal imaging and machine learning. She is a PhD candidate as well as Head Tutor at Queensland University of Technology.

Meghan Salter of the U.S.A.

Education Honoree 

This West Virginia public school teacher and FAA Certified Remote Pilot has been incorporating drone technology into her curriculum for the past four years. Salter describes teaching in one of the country’s most underrepresented cultural regions while hoping to inspire the next generation of innovators and leaders.

I want to show my students that they can break the cycle of poverty through education.

—Meghan Salter

Hitomi Uematsu of Singapore

Entrepreneurial Honoree

Uematsu had a vision of making the sky a new communication platform, which led to her co-founding SKYMAGIC drone swarming technology company in 2017. SKYMAGIC has become one of the world’s leading performance drone companies, most recently entertaining more than a million spectators at the Zurich Festival in Switzerland.

Dawn Zoldi of the U.S.A.

Leadership Honoree 

Dawn Zoldi is Associate General Counsel, Business Matters Attorney for the United States Air Force Academy, Secretary of the Air Force General Counsel. She is an internationally recognized expert who regularly speaks and is widely published on the topic of UAS law, regulation and policy.

I’ve successfully advocated for and have greatly enhanced understanding of the key role that law, policy, and regulation play in fully operationalizing UAS technologies.

— Dawn Zoldi


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