Bill Donovan is an aerospace engineer with expertise in aircraft conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design, stability and control, structural dynamics, and UAS project management. Bill focuses on UAS design as well as modeling, simulation, and controller synthesis for fixed and rotary wing UAS. Recently, Bill worked as the chief designer for multiple unmanned aircraft including the Meridian, a 1,100-lb 26-ft wingspan UAS that was designed to measure ice thickness and bed surface topology in Antarctica and Greenland. He was responsible for the Meridian's conceptual, preliminary and detailed design, and he managed several groups of engineers throughout the manufacturing and development phases. He has spent two summers in Antarctica and one in Greenland operating multiple UAS in addition to several UAS flight test campaigns in Dugway, Utah and Fort Riley, Kan. He conducted his graduate research at the University of Kansas Flight Test Laboratory. Bill holds two patents and his previous work includes the development of several new unmanned aircraft systems including the Hawkeye UAS, the Wolverine helicopter UAS, and the Meridian UAS. Bill earned his B.S. and an M.S. in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas where he studied under Dr. Jan Roskam and Dr. Rick Hale and focused in the areas of aircraft design and structural dynamics.
Lance is an aerospace engineer specializing in UAV avionics, automatic flight control systems, and flight test. He co-developed, integrated and flight tested fully automatic systems on many variations of fixed-wing and helicopter UAVs including the Meridian UAV, Yamaha RMAX helicopters nationwide, various UAV trainers, and other nonconventional unmanned aircraft programs. Recently, Lance and Bill Donovan designed and developed the Wolverine III electric UAV helicopter currently in use in various civil and defense applications including the UAV Training Program at K-State Salina. Lance received his M.S. in UAV avionics and flight test with honors from the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Kansas. His experience in unmanned systems, flight dynamics and formal controller synthesis, high fidelity inertial measurement methods, flight data and dynamics analysis of aircraft is a valuable asset to many UAV and scale demonstration programs nationally and internationally. Lance is also a professional UAV and R/C test pilot who holds certification for Yamaha RMAX helicopter operation and piloting. He has trained individuals at the nation's leading Department of Defense National Laboratories and University robotics institutes on UAV helicopter flight operations and integrated flight control system operations. In 2009 Lance successfully piloted the maiden voyage of the 1200-lb. Meridian UAV at Ft. Riley, Kansas. He was deployed to Dugway, Utah, and McMurdo St., Antarctica, for the first field campaign of the Meridian with the National Science Foundation and the Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets.