Matt Scassero is the Director of the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site, focusing the resources and efforts of the state of Maryland on working with the FAA to integrate UAS into the national airspace, and enabling public access to these valuable assets to empower a flourishing civil and commercial UAS industry. His focus is to lead the university’s efforts to be a premier force in advancing UAS safely, efficiently and effectively, while delivering products and programs in support of workforce development and higher education goals.
Prior to this, Matt was the Chief Contracts Officer for Melwood, a non-profit dedicated to empowering people with differing disabilities to enrich their own lives through rehabilitative services and employment opportunities. Prior to joining Melwood, Matt completed a 27 year career in the US Navy, retiring at the rank of Captain as the Vice Commander for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, the Navy’s principal research, development, test, evaluation, engineering and fleet support activity for naval aircraft and systems. He is certified by the federal government in program management, test and evaluation, software acquisition, safety program management and electronic warfare operations. Matt earned a BS in Physics (Oceanography) from the United States Naval Academy in 1982, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore in 2017, and is a Leadership Maryland 2007 graduate.
UAS, autonomous technologies
- 2016 - first civil UAS flight across Chesapeake Bay; first cargo delivery by UAS in Maryland; fully automated flight
- 2016 - AQWUA (A Quad With Underwater Ability) - summer intern project, fully submesible swimming/flying UAS; single propulsion and control system
- 2018 - Cooperative UAS and USV, multi-domain autonomy project demonstrating communications and cooperative autonomy between air and surface UXS
- 2019 - Cooperative UAS and Robots for Remote EOD (CURRE), multi-domain autonomy project with the Navy (NAWCAD), demonstrating communications and cooperative autonomy between air and ground UXS
- 2019 - First human organ delivered to a waiting patient with a UAS in the world
- in partnership with UMB, UMMC, Living Legacy Foundation, City of Baltimore
- company created out of the research MIssionGO/MediGO, Scott Plank/CEO
- 2018 Techical.ly Baltimore "Invention of the Year"
- 2020 American Helicopter Museum Achievement Award
- 2020 AUVSI XCELLENCE Awards in the Humanitarian/Public Safety category
- 2021 HAI Salute to Excellence Golden Hour Award
- 2020 - survived the pandemic intact and safe...science works!
- 2021 - Chesapeake UAS Route Network: multi-year, multi-phase project aiming at...
- Airspace integration overlying the central/northern Chesapeake Bay and UAS points of interest
- Fully integrated vice segragated airspace, manned and unmanned
- On-demand vice waivers/exemptions
- Flight Over People
- Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS)
- All sizes and shapes of UAS Group 1-5
- All altitudes and airspace classifications
- For use by research, public missions, military, NASA and commercial users
- Future connections north (PA and New York), northeast (DE, Philly, NE Corridor), south (Hampton Roads) and west (Ohio, Indiana)