2022 Monterey Bay DART Symposium November 30-December 1 - Innovation Workforce: Ready to Fly

University Center at California State University Monterey Bay

November 30 - December 1, 2022

Interested in drone, automation and robotics technology (DART)?

Curious about the world of advanced air mobility? How will this transformative transportation and logistics capability affect our economy? How are market leading companies, transportation agencies, planners and communities organizing to meet this exciting future?

Interested in understanding how the Central Coast is playing, and can grow its influence as a national hub for aviation, aerospace and other  DART-related innovation? How are regions organizing to become advanced air mobility innovation hubs?

What are critical characteristics of thriving innovation ecosystems? What actions can be taken to build towards a robust, resilient, just and inclusive economy? What are intersections between innovation and just economies?

Join industry experts, investors, entrepreneurs, educators, policy makers, philanthropists, and enthusiasts to network, discuss, and organize around these topics and more at the 2022 Drone, Automation and Robotics Technology (DART) Symposium.

Space is limited, so register now for your ticket to explore new and exciting opportunities and developments at the 2022 DART Symposium!

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This year’s theme, “Innovation Workforce: Ready to Fly,” focuses on the economic development opportunities and challenges of expanding DART-related innovation ecosystem on the Central Coast.

Discover developments in advanced air mobility, airspace management, innovation ecosystems and inclusive economic and workforce development programs, while networking with some of the industry’s top performers at California State University Monterey Bay’s (CSUMB) scenic campus. Space is limited, so RSVP now!

Attendees and exhibitors chat over a drone on display

Explore how unique community and geographical assets can be leveraged to the advantage of communities, while supporting and growing forward looking, cleantech industries.

Engage with experts and learn how DART-related industries such as advanced air mobility, agriculture, clean energy,  and more are evolving to:

  • Integrate new transportation systems into communities,
  • Leverage DART-related innovations for market and community benefits,
  • Meet current and near-future market demands,
  • Uplift our existing workforce,
  • Create new pipelines for trade, education, investment and community resiliency.

Hear from industry, agency, education and philanthropic leaders and panels examining the interplay of DART-related  innovation with:

  • Companies creating cutting-edge products and services,
  • Critical linkages between industry and education,
  • Appropriate policies to support and secure innovatros.
  • Innovation ecosystems 
  • Building a skilled and inclusive workforce
  • Opening training and career pathways
  • Fueling community engagement
four panelists talking behind a Parallel Flight Technologies heavy lift drone

2022 Symposium Keynote Speakers

Bonny Simi

Joby Aviation

Bonny Simi is Joby Aviation’s Head of Air Operations and…

Dean Donovan

Diamond Stream Partners

Dean Donovan is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of Diamond…

Don Howard

The James Irvine Foundation

Don is President and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation,…

Tony Tavares

California Department of Transportation (CalTrans)

Tony Tavares was appointed the 34th Director of the Department…

Invited Symposium Speakers & Panelists

Yotam Avrahami


Yotam Avrahami leads commercial and PPP (Private Public Partnerships) projects with...

Yolanka Wulff

Community Air Mobility Initiative

Yolanka Wulff is Executive Director of CAMI, the Community Air...

Vanya Quiñones

CSU Monterey Bay

Vanya Quiñones became the fourth president of California State University,...

Tahra Goraya

Monterey Bay Economic Partnership (MBEP)

Tahra brings to MBEP strong skills in leadership, management, policy...

Shyam Kamath

Founding Dean Emeritus of the College of Business at CSUMB

Shyam Kamath is the Founding Dean Emeritus of the College...

Shari Tavaf

Monterey Bay DART

Shari Tavaf is a registered professional engineer in California and...

Senator John Laird

State Senator D17

John Laird was elected to the State Senate on November...

Sean Hogan

UC Ag & Natural Resources

Sean Hogan is the founder and Director of the IGIS...

Scott Drew


Scott Drew is the Uncrewed Aircraft Systems Project Manager at...

Rusty Vance

PG&E UAV Operations

Rusty Vance currently holds the position of Manager of UAV...

Robert Meyer

Employment Training Panel

Robert is the Director of Economic Development at the California...

Raja Sengupta

UC Berkeley

Raja Sengupta is Professor at University of California, Berkeley. He...

Peter Church

Joby Aviation

Peter Church is the Aviation Education Program Manager at Joby...

Pauline Canteneur


Pauline Canteneur was born to multi-generation farmers in the North-Eastern...

Michael Matkin

CITRIS, UC Santa Cruz | DART Board of Directors Member

Michael Matkin is the Executive Director of CITRIS and the...

Maria Elena Manzo

Mujeres en Acción

Maria Elena Manzo is the Program Director for Mujeres en...

Lawrence Samuels

Senior Advisor to the Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Larry Samuels is Senior Advisor to the Chancellor of...

Kiran Kamath

Monterey Peninsula College (Retired) and Board Member

Kiran Kamath’s global experience includes working in Canada, China, India...

Ken Smith

Salinas Inclusive Economic Development Initiative (SIEDI)

Ken Smith is the Project Manager for SIEDI, (Salinas Inclusive...

Kellen Mollahan

Joby Aviation

Kellen Mollahan is the Commercial Operations Lead at Joby Aviation....

Joshua Resnick

Parallel Flight Technologies

Joshua is a founder and CEO of Parallel Flight Technologies...

Josh Metz

Monterey Bay DART

Josh Metz is the Executive Director and co-founder of the...

Jim Dunning

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Mr. Dunning currently holds the position of Associate Vice President...

Jacob Martinez

Digital NEST

Jacob Martinez is the Executive Director of the Digital NEST,...

Imran Aukhil


Imran combines experience in urban design and investment to support...

George Kivork

Joby Aviation

George Kivork is Head of State and Local Policy at...

Elizabeth Posey

The Irvine Foundation

Elizabeth (Liz) joined the Irvine Foundation as a Senior Program...

Doug Erickson

Santa Cruz Works

Doug Erickson is the Executive Director of Santa Cruz Works a...

Dennis Donohue

Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology

Dennis Donohue currently serves as the Director of Western Growers...

Daniel Plaisance

Tulsa Innovation Labs (TIL)

Daniel leads the Advanced Air Mobility portfolio at Tulsa Innovation...

Cody Cleverly

Joby Aviation

Cody Cleverly is the Workforce Development Lead at Joby Aviation...

Clint Cowden

Hartnell College

Clint Cowden was raised in Wyoming, where his family ran...

Chris Bley

Airspace Integration | DART Board of Directors Member

Chris Bley is a Santa Cruz-based serial entrepreneur and co-founder...

Chris Benner

University of California Santa Cruz

A California native, Dr. Chris Benner. received his Ph.D. in...

Brad Barbeau

CSU Monterey Bay | DART Board of Directors Member

Brad Barbeau, Ph.D., is Professor of Entrepreneurship in the College...

Becca Fenwick

CITRIS, UC Santa Cruz

Dr. Becca Fenwick is developing the CITRIS Initiative for Drone...

Andrea Pesce

UC Santa Cruz | DART Board of Directors Member

Andrea Pesce is the Director of Industry Alliances for the recently launched Innovation...

Amy Gross


Amy Gross is a Sustainability, Principal for the Space and...

Alan Jaeger

NavalX Ventura Tech Bridge

Alan Jaeger is the Office of Research and Technology Applications...

Adrienne Lindgren

Hyundai Urban Air Mobility

Adrienne Lindgren is an urban planner and economic development professional,...

Adam Cohen

University of California, Berkeley

Adam Cohen is a transportation futurist and researcher at the...

Symposium COVID-19 Policy and Code of Conduct

Mask-Friendly Campus Policy

CSUMB moved to a mask-friendly campus policy on Sep. 12, 2022.  Anyone who chooses to wear a mask in most indoor spaces is welcome and encouraged to do so. Read the policy announcement.

Learn more at https://csumb.edu/health/coronavirus-information/.