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Who We Are

Who We Are

The Unmanned Aerial Systems Cluster Initiative (UASCI), funded by private industry and a contract with the U.S. Small Business Administration, accelerates the growth of the Unmanned Aerial System industry in the U.S. by enabling established companies and emerging entrepreneurs to connect, work together, and gain access to national technology, global capital, advanced business models and global markets.

UASCI is committed to growing networks related to the UAS and AAM industry in Oklahoma by identifying and supporting early-stage start-ups for the sole purpose of providing tools not easily accessible in this new emerging aviation field. Our vision is the creation of an Oklahoma centric ecosystem made up of industry specific thought leaders, Tribal partners, angel investors, and public partnerships – all well versed in the intricacies of the UAS/AAM industry and its related regulatory pitfalls and public pressures.

The UASCI team works with tribal nations in Oklahoma, including the Osage and Cherokee. A key partner of the Cluster, Oklahoma State University, is a Minority Serving Institution for Native Americans. We work with them to engage native students and tribal members in the training and networking events of the Innovation Cluster. The University helps promote Cluster services to OSU Native American business and engineering students. UASCI is also involved in helping our tribal partners learn how to use drones as providers of public safety services, manufacture drone components for the DOD (Cherokee and Chickasaw), and support logistical facilities like droneports and test facilities (Osage and Choctaw).

UASCI Team

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Craig Mahaney
Executive Director
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Jack James
Technology Commercialization Consultant
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Sallie Traxler
Managing Director
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Catherine Myers
Administrative Assistant