Board of Directors Nominees
Please review the bios and statements of qualifications of the nominees to the SCiDUC Board of Directors. At the bottom of the page, please cast your electronic ballot to fill the open seat. Please indicate your state agency email address with your submission. Votes will be kept in the strictest confidence.
Ballots are due no later than 12:00 noon on November 3rd.
Sallie Williams is an Environmental Health Manager in the State Remediation Program for the Site Assessment, Remediation & Revitalization Division (SARR) at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). She has been with SC DHEC for ten years and served in several other areas, including underground storage tanks, solid waste, and hazardous waste. Sallie earned a B.A. in Communication with a minor focus on Leadership and Psychology and a M.A. in Organizational Change and Leadership, both from Columbia College. She earned her FAA Part 107 certification in 2016 as one of the first Department drone pilots and was instrumental in founding the DHEC UAV group. As a member of the DHEC UAV group, she has aided in piloting many flights for the Department, assisting, and training new pilots, and promoting the group’s outreach efforts with a PowerPoint campaign. Her passion for helping others extends outside of DHEC, where she serves as a member of the Lebanon Volunteer Fire Department and the Fairfield County Rescue Squad. She loves new challenges and exploring new uses for drones in the state of South Carolina.
Dr. Nikos Vitzilaios is an Assistant Professor of Robotics in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of South Carolina (UofSC). He is the Director of the Unmanned Systems & Robotics Laboratory (USRL) working on perception, navigation and control of unmanned systems focusing on unmanned aircraft. USRL has a fleet of 15 drones including commercial, customized, and in-house built systems used in several monitoring\inspection applications. At the UofSC he teaches courses in robotics, control theory, mechatronics and engineering graphics and visualization.
Dr. Vitzilaios has more than 15 years of experience in the field of aerial drones; he earned his PhD in 2010 working on the autonomous control of small-scale unmanned helicopters. As a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta (2011-2012) he worked on nonlinear control of heavy lift unmanned helicopters. As a Research Scientist (2012-2015) at the University of Denver, he worked on a National Science Foundation project on the development and integration of teams of aerial and ground robots. Prior to joining UofSC (2017) he was a Senior Lecturer of Robotics at Kingston University London (United Kingdom) where he was elected a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Dr. Vitzilaios has more than 30 publications in international conferences and journals. He is a Senior Member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), member of AIAA, AUVSI, IFAC and member of the organizing committee of the annual International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS). He is also a FAA Part 107 sUAS certified pilot.