Board of Directors
Joe Burgett PhD - President
Dr. Joe Burgett is a tenured professor at Clemson University in the Nieri Family Department of Construction Science and Management. He graduated from the University of Florida with his BS, MS and PhD all in construction management. He is a general contractor by trade and teaches HVAC an electrical systems courses at Clemson. His area of research is in advanced construction technology; specifically, with how drones can be used to support land surveying and asset inspections He has worked closely with the SCDOT and their drone program. In collaboration with the SCDOT, he teaches advanced aerial systems at the undergraduate and graduate level at Clemson.
Darryl Jones - Vice President
Darryl Jones is the Forest Protection Chief for the South Carolina Forestry Commission. His responsibilities include oversight of wildfire suppression, fire prevention, emergency response, law enforcement, forest health, training & safety, and administration of South Carolina’s Certified Prescribed Fire Manager, Smoke Management, and prescribed burning programs. Darryl is a Wildland Firefighter, Certified Prescribed Fire Manager, and a Registered Forester, as well as a past president and current steering committee member of the SC Prescribed Fire Council. He holds a B.S. degree in Forest Resource Management from Clemson University.
Uwe Klauck - Secretary
Uwe Klauck is an Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) coordinator and lead drone pilot for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). He works in this capacity, post retirement from the agency, on a part-time basis. Uwe earned his FAA Part 107 certification in 2016 and was the agency’s first certificated pilot. After Uwe demonstrated the capabilities of the drone as a tool for safely and efficiently monitoring conditions at a waste tire recycling facility in 2016, SC DHEC chose to pursue the UAS technology and expand drone use into the various program areas within the agency. As part of the Department’s UAV Workgroup, he played a lead role in developing the Department’s drone program. Uwe continues to help grow DHEC’s program and train new agency pilots.
Jason Lucas PhD - Treasurer
Jason Lucas is an Associate Professor in the Nieri Family Department of Construction Science and Management at Clemson University where he teaches classes and conducts research related to emerging technologies, materials and methods of construction, and residential construction. Jason has a background in architecture and construction management before becoming a faculty at Clemson.
Stephen Baxley is a 26-year volunteer in public safety with the last 19 being a certified volunteer law enforcement officer. Currently a reserve deputy with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Stephen serves as the Drone Team Coordinator and Chief UAS Pilot - where he developed the UAS program and trained 15 FAA sUAS Remote pilots from multiple disciplines throughout the agency. He continues to implement the latest training techniques to enhance the effectiveness of the Pilot staff, enhance life-saving measures and reduce officer risk. Since earning his FAA sUAS Remote Pilot (part 107) certificate in 2017, Stephen has worked alongside many public safety agencies across the country to develop and implement UAS programs from the ground up. A serial entrepreneur and owner of multiple small businesses, Stephen founded Airworx Unmanned Solutions, a public safety and enterprise focused drone solutions (consulting, training and equipment) company, in 2017. Stephen was invited to join the FAA Safety Team (FAAST) in 2019 as a Public Safety Drone Pro, assigned to the FSDO in Columbia, SC, where he continues to assist the FAA in reducing the Nation's aviation accident rate by conveying safety principles and practices through training, outreach, and education; while establishing partnerships and encouraging the continual growth of a positive safety culture within the aviation community.
Susan Wang PhD
Cuizhen (Susan) Wang is Professor of Geography at University of South Carolina, with expertise in Bio-environmental Remote Sensing and Big Earth Data. She received her PhD in Geography in 2004 from Michigan State University; PhD in Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing in 1999 from the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dr. Wang has been conducting drone-related interdisciplinary research since 2018 with a list of internal projects funded by the A&S College and Office of the Vice President for Research. A series of drone experiments such as dam safety, marsh healthiness and algal bloom monitoring have been conducted under collaborative efforts with multiple departments at USC with support from Clemson University and state agencies such as DHEC.
Gary Sundin is a Wildlife Biologist with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ Marine Resources Research Institute. Gary has expertise in GIS, remote sensing, and low altitude manned helicopter photographic approaches to natural resources research. Gary was an early advocate within the SCDNR for the utility of sUAS and contributed significantly to the development of current Agency drone use policy. Gary frequently advises research and conservation groups as to the best approaches to incorporating sUAS methods, working with an ever increasing diversity of organisms, but focusing on the mapping and assessment of natural and restored intertidal oysters and quantification of migratory shorebirds.
Tyler Brock currently serves as Director of Engineering at SCETV, the state-wide Educational Television and Public Radio provider for South Carolina. Prior to joining SCETV, Tyler was Director of Technology and Operations for the DCA, a private sector organization providing centralized master control services to PBS stations in 14 markets around the US with a comprehensive approach, spanning from traffic services to final broadcast encode and over-the-air presence monitoring. As the technical landscape of the broadcast industry evolves, Tyler utilizes his background in IP network engineering, virtualization and traditional IT disciplines to lead and support the ETV team though these changes.
Scott Reynolds is a Senior Scientist with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), having spent most of his 40 years with the Agency as Director of the Division of Air Quality Analysis. He holds a B S in Chemistry from the University of South Florida and has been with DHEC since 1979. Scott has been heavily involved in the UAS project at DHEC, providing coordination during response and recovery for natural events and developing processes for integration of UAS and use of UAS to support all of DHEC’s environmental programs. His focus is on developing pilots and the equipment, collaboration with other agencies, sharing best practices, and building the South Carolina’s Public Agency UAV community.