UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration to host symposium on Ethical Perspectives within UAS Industry, Wednesday, Nov. 13

UND Nistler College of Business & Public Administration to host symposium on Ethical Perspectives within UAS Industry, Wednesday, Nov. 13

Annual Olafson Ethics Symposium will feature Lisa Ellman, highly sought after thought leader on drone law and policy

The University of North Dakota College of Business & Public Administration will be hosting the 2019 Olafson Ethics Symposium on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00PM at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the University of North Dakota campus.

This event is designed to engage students, alumni, and local business leaders in conversations regarding ethical decision making. Keynote Speaker, Lisa Ellman, chairs the Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Group at the global law firm, Hogan Lovells, where she’s a leading public policy lawyer focusing on domestic drones, Urban Air Mobility, and other emerging technologies. She co-founded and co-leads the Commercial Drone Alliance, an independent non-profit organization led by key figures of the commercial drone industry. Lisa is widely recognized as one of the “world’s foremost authorities on drone and law.”

Throughout her career, Lisa has worked to bridge government policymaking and business innovation. Lisa has held a variety of positions at top levels of the executive branch at the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Most recently, she led DOJ’s effort to develop policy that would govern the use of UAS in the United States and participated in the federal interagency group tasked with integrating UAS into the National Airspace System. Lisa’s focus is expanding the commercial drone industry. She also focuses on UAS security efforts. Lisa co-founded the Domestic Drone Security Summit Series, bringing together national security agencies with industry to explore collaboration opportunities around drone security.  Lisa currently serves on the National Academies’ Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable advising NASA on legal and policy issues related to Urban Air Mobility.

The symposium is free of charge and open to the general public. Following the keynote presentation there will be a dessert reception. This annual event is funded through the support the UND Alumnus, Robert Olafson in support of his dedication to ethical business practices and the University of North Dakota, as well as sponsorship from SEI.



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