Release: CalPoly Pomona and LAEDC Event

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Technology Transfer / Industry Clinic Office

        April 7, 2015                                                                                                                                     CONTACT: G. Marie Talnack:

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Cal Poly Pomona and the LAEDC host Connecting the Dots in Unmanned Aerial Systems and Cyber Security. 


Pomona, CA- California State Polytechnic University of Pomona’s Technology Transfer/Industry Clinic Office and the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) hosted an event on unmanned aerial systems and cyber security on December 12, 2014. There were approximately 120 people in attendance.

Marie Talnack, Director of the Technology Transfer/ Industry Clinic at Cal Poly Pomona, and her office coordinated the event with the LAEDC’s SoCal Jobs Defense Council. “The concept of this conference came about as a result of our faculty and LAEDC wanting to host a conference that would connect the dots between UAV’s and Cyber Security and discuss where each one of those industries are headed in terms of trends,” says Talnack.

“We were delighted to cohost this conference with Cal Poly Pomona—a leading university in both cybersecurity and unmanned aerial systems—to really bring to light the advances that are happening in the Los Angeles area in the development of technologies in both of these emerging but fast growing industries. The event really confirmed that Los Angeles continues to be a driving center for the development of aerospace and defense technologies, and that these are two industries we should continue to foster the development of in the region,” said JoAnne Stewart, Senior Director for Industry Cluster Development at the LAEDC.

During this conference, 30 experts in the field of Cyber Security and Unmanned Aerial Systems came to share their knowledge. The keynote speakers included Frank Flores, Vice President of University Relations at Northrop Grumman, speaking about unmanned systems and their current and future application for military programs; Neil Siegel, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the Northrop Grumman Information Systems, speaking about cyber Security and the issues associated with it; and Dr. Robert Bunker, Adjunct Research Professor at the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College, speaking about the criminal and violent non-state actor use of unmanned aerial systems.

The conference was divided into two tracks: unmanned aerial systems and cyber security. Each track consisted of three panel sessions that occurred throughout the morning of the conference. The UAS track, organized by Professor Subodh Bhandari, consisted of three panel sessions that spoke about the current state of the art and technological challenges, the potential military and civilian applications, and future direction: increased autonomy of unmanned aerial systems. All panel sessions on the UAS track were moderated by Dr. Ivan Rosenberg, President and CEO of Frontier Association. The information given during these panels are available at

The cyber security track, organized by Professor Dan Manson, consisted of three panel sessions regarding the critical infrastructure and UAV/Cyber issues, law enforcement and CSU cyber security issues, and workforce development issues within the field of cyber security.

Following the last panel sessions of each track was a wrap up panel discussion. The wrap up panel featured five speakers: Dion Jackson, associate of the USC Center for Economic Development; Louis Stewart, Deputy Director for GO Biz; JoAnne Stewart, Senior Director for the LAEDC, Glyn Milburn, from the office of Economic Development of the city of Los Angles in the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti; and Dr. Marie Talnack, Director of the Technology Transfer/Industry Clinic at Cal Poly Pomona.

Jackson spoke about the AMPSoCal Project. The AMPSoCal Project is a community outreach and regional economic development initiative headed by the University of Southern California, The advanced manufacturing partnership includes 88 member institutions. These include 8 California State Universities, 5 regional University of California campuses, JPL, CalTech, and USC.

Louis Stewart discussed Go Biz. GO-Biz is the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. GO-Biz offers various services to business owners that include: attraction, retention, expansion services, site selection, permit streamlining, clearing of regulatory hurdles, small business assistance, international trade development, assistance with the state government, etc. GO-Biz is the leading entity for business and job creation efforts in California. For more information go to:

Stewart spoke about the Red Carpet Team. This is an initiative created by the SoCal Jobs Defense Council to grow, attract, and retain aerospace companies and investments in the greater Los Angeles region. For more information about the LAEDC go to

Milburn discussed LA Works, The Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development, which is overseen by Mayor Eric Garcetti. Los Angeles Works provides various resources to help businesses get started using their Business Startup Organizer, to help businesses grow in LA, to help businesses move to LA, to help businesses reduce their costs in LA, to help find businesses opportunities in LA, and to help businesses register in LA. For more information go to

Talnack discussed the CSU5. The CSU5 was created as a result of the advanced manufacturing regional partnership. The Presidents of five Los Angeles-based CSU campus came together to collaborate on research and educational initiatives that will impact the Los Angeles Area. Cal Poly Pomona is a part of the CSU5 and Talnack is the Cal Poly Pomona representative.

The conference concluded with a ‘Beer and Wine Tasting’ Reception in the Atrium hosted by McKenna Long and Aldridge, an international law firm of attorneys and public defenders. During the reception, remarks were given by Lisa Ellman, former White House and U.S. Department of Justice policymaker and presently Co-Chair of McKenna Long and Aldridge’s UAS Practice Group in Washington D.C. “We are at a significant moment for the UAS community, and at a critical time for UAS policymaking.  This event took place at the perfect time, as 2015 is proving to be a milestone year for setting federal policy that will guide the commercial drone industry for years to come.  We have already seen the release of the FAA’s NPRM and the White House Presidential Memorandum on UAS and privacy, and the year has barely gotten underway.  I believe in ‘polivation’ – bringing policymakers and innovators together to promote innovation.  The Cal Poly Pomona and LAEDC UAV and Cyber Security conference brought these groups together to consider thoughtfully the policy issues surrounding UAS integration, and to promote this dynamic and growing industry” said Lisa Ellman, Co-Chair of McKenna Long & Aldridge’s UAS Practice Group. Administration regulations.

Throughout the conference, Proterra, a world leader in designing and manufacturing zero emission vehicles, had one of their all new zero emission electric busses on display—which will soon be manufactured in the County of Los Angeles.

Since the conference, Charlene Ashton, Program Development Manager at Cal Poly Pomona’s Extended University, is working with the university and industry to develop a UAV Pilot Certificate Program at Cal Poly Pomona. Ashton can be contacted directly at [email protected] for more information regarding the program. For more information on the extended university at Cal Poly Pomona can be found at

The UAV/Cyber Security conference was done in partnership with the LA Drone Expo Addendum which occurred on December 13, 2014. All attendees of the conference were invited to attend the LA Drone Expo.

For photos of the UAV/Cyber Security Conference please go to:

Another conference is already being planned and will occur in the summer or early fall of this year. More information regarding this event will be posted on the LAEDC website.

We would like to thank our platinum sponsor and our other sponsors Metropolitan Water District, and McKenna Long and Aldridge. Without you our event could not have been such a success.


The Technology Transfer/Industry Clinic office encourages, develops, protects and commercializes technological advances and other intellectual property at Cal Poly Pomona. The purpose of the Cal Poly Pomona’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO) is to assist faculty, students, staff and administration with intellectual property issues, protection, patenting and commercialization of research developed at the University. The Office operates in a manner consistent with the University’s mission to educate, conduct research, and serve the community of scholars, industry, and partnerships. Go to the TTO website for more information:


As the Southern California region’s premier economic development organization, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC) provides collaborative, innovative and strategic economic development leadership to promote a globally competitive, prosperous and growing L.A. County economy to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents and communities and enable those residents to meet their basic human need for a job. We achieve this through objective economic research and analysis, strategic assistance to government and business, and targeted public policy. Our efforts are guided and supported by the expertise and counsel of our business, government and education members and partners. Go to the LAEDC website for more information:


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