Evandro Valente is the CTO and inventor of the intellectual property and leads the company’s vision via the technical development and product design. He leads innovation and design, manufacturing, test and evaluation, and flight testing while supporting business development along with the CEO. He has a M.S. and B.S. from the Department of Aerospace from UMCP (’06 and ‘03). Since coming on full-time at Airgility, he is a former Engineering Lecturer of 12 years at the A. J. Clark School of Engineering at UMCP. He has 14+ years of experience in vehicle design, fabrication, advanced composites, assembly and integration, wind tunnel and flight testing, and piloting. He has contributed in early work for the DARPA Talons Project, while working at Maritime Applied Physics Corporation, as a lead designer and test pilot. He is the Author of the “Airworthiness Process” and Signatory SME at the University of Maryland Unmanned Aerial System Test Site in Southern Maryland. Volunteer work includes judging for the ‘Crabpot’ business pitch competition at the Southern Maryland Innovation and Tech Initiative (SMIT) and serves as a Founding Member of the Inventor Muscle Group at the university of Maryland TechPort Business Incubator located in Southern Maryland. Work at the TechPort’s Inventor Muscle group involves presenting, coaching, and running ideation, inventorship, and innovation workshops, open to inventors of all ages, while using gamification-style techniques to draw out the creative mind.