Organization

The Joint Activity Steering Group consists of the following representatives of GUTMA and GSMA, and manages ACJA and any other joint activities between GUTMA and GSMA.

Eszter Kovacs is the Acting Secretary General of the Global UTM Association.

She spent the first decade of her career at multinational companies, focusing on digitalization and telecommunication industries, on technical innovation and the drone sector. As a program and project manager, she contributed to the growth of several multinational companies drones programs, led implementations, mentored and advised their leaders regarding strategic planning, operational improvement and coaching best practices.

Eszter is convinced that professional credibility stems from personal experiences and constant learning. Thus following 10+ years of professional background, complemented by certificates in Agile coaching, Prince2 and a broad professional network, launching her own drones and telecom business seemed inevitable. She holds a degree in Military & Safety Engineering from the Hungarian National University of Public Services and she is currently attending Boston University’s digital leadership studies.

Barbara Pareglio is Technical Director, Drone Interest Group at the GSMA IoT Programme.

Barbara has been leading the GSMA Drone Interest Group for the last couple of years, to investigate and help the mobile industry to create a trusted solution for commercial unmanned aircraft. Since 2014, she has been the technical lead for the GSMA Internet of Things Programme, working on several aspects of IoT such as the development of the Mobile IoT Technologies (LTE-M, NB-IoT). Barbara has over 20 years of experience in the mobile industry. Before joining the GSMA, Barbara worked in R&D in several areas of telecommunications, including Intelligent Networks, IMS, Service Enabling and M2M/IoT. She also participates in, and actively contributed to, several standards. The GSMA Internet of Things Programme help operators to fully realise the opportunity in the IoT. Operators must deliver secure IoT networks as well as scalable value added data services for the world’s industry and machines beyond connectivity. This is to be achieved by industry collaboration, appropriate regulation, optimising networks as well as developing key enablers to support the growth of IoT.

Technical working decisions are taken by the ACJA Decision Board, consisting of the following individuals.

Barbara Pareglio 

Program Manager of ACJA

See bio above

Greg Belaus

Technical Lead of ACJA,

Greg Belaus is responsible for Network Infrastructure – Elevate at Uber.

Greg joined the Elevate team to build the communications foundation for Uber’s air mobility services, including the transportation of goods via Unmanned Aerial Systems and the transportation of people via Urban Air Mobility aerial ridesharing. He regularly contributes to related industry organizations, including the Commercial Drone Alliance and CTIA’s UAS/UAV working group, and was a member of the FAA’s UAS Identification and Tracking ARC.

Prior, Greg joined AT&T’s in 2010 and most recently was responsible for commercial UAS in IoT Smart Cities. After graduating MIT with a B.S E.E., Greg’s career began at Adobe where he worked on PostScript products. He then was Senior Director of Business Development at Immersion Corporation, a leader in haptics technology. Greg currently lives in Silicon Valley.

Decision Board Member

Christopher T. Kucera

Decision Board Member

Chris has over twenty years of experience in the aerospace industry and 16 years history working with Analytical Graphics, Inc. , an aerospace software company. He’s had various roles at the company from systems engineer to account executive with focus on scheduling and communications systems. Chris is a co-founder of OneSky, developed to bring AGI’s flight safety analytics to an emerging drone flight operations market. At OneSky he manages strategic development and is responsible for customer outreach and industry engagement. He works with various organizations, such as GUTMA, ASTM, ICAO, AUVSI, Small UAV Coalition, etc. to understand the state of the art in drone technology and keep up to date on regulatory progress worldwide. Chris has a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech with a minor in Leadership Studies with the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. He is a a commercially rated pilot with over 26 years of international flight experience.

Peter Musgrove

Decision Board Member

Mr. Peter Musgrove is a Lead Member of Technical Staff at AT&T with 33 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He started his career with Bell Communications Research (Bellcore) in 1986 in Red Bank, NJ where he developed generic requirements and the associated standards for SS7-based services. In 1994, he joined McCaw Cellular in Kirkland, WA (which was later acquired by AT&T).

Peter has developed network standards for wireless and wireline telecom including regulatory standards supporting 911 emergency services and Next Gen 911, Real-Time Text, domestic and international lawful interception, Wireless Priority Service for Government Emergency Telecommunications Service (GETS) users, Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), and other public safety initiatives in ATIS, TIA, and 3GPP. Peter has participated in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) industry activities in GSMA, 3GPP, ATIS, and ASTM. Peter holds a BS Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Virginia, and an MS Electrical Engineering degree from Georgia Tech.  

Eric T. Ringer

Decision Board Member

Eric T. Ringer is co-founder and Director of Aviation Technology at Skyward, a Verizon company. In his role as Director of Aviation Technology, he leads the product and engineering teams developing 4G LTE & 5G products for aviation.  Prior to Skyward, Eric was a systems engineer at contractors for both NASA and Sikorsky.

The following are the Work Task Leads of present Work Tasks (described in Technical Overview):

Work Task #1:  Aviation coordination with 3GPP

Stefano Faccin

WT1 Work Task Lead

Director of Technical Standards with Qualcomm Incorporated

Stefano has 26 years of experience in standardization and R&D for cellular networks and Wi-Fi, having been active in 3GPP, IETF, IEEE, WFA, and WBA. Stefano is active in 3GPP standardization for system architecture and verticals enablement, and is the rapporteur for the UAVs related work in 3GPP SA2. Stefano is also involved in ATIS, FAA and FCC activities related to UAVs. Stefano has previous experience in Telecom Italia, Nokia, Intel, Marvell, and BlackBerry.

Work Task #2:  Supplementary Data Service for coverage information.

Thomas Neubauer

WT2 Work Task Lead

VP of Innovations at TEOCO and Co-founder of Dimetor

He has more than fifteen years of experience in the management of wireless networks, working with tier-1 customers around the globe. Thomas is Co-founder of Dimetor, creator of AirborneRF, a software solution specialized for connecting cellular network data with aviation (ATM/UTM/FIMS) systems. Thomas also holds a position of VP Business Development and Innovations at TEOCO, a US based company providing software solutions to more than 300 communication service providers worldwide. Prior to that Thomas has successfully founded and grown a startup for cellular network optimization software, which he sold in 2012. He holds a Ph.D. in telecommunications engineering from the Vienna University of Technology.

Work Task #3 : Standard Aviation Service Profile

Gerry Libunao

WT3 Work Task Lead

Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Verizon Communications

Gerry Libunao is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Verizon Communications supporting Verizon’s Wireless Standardization participation in Industry Forums and Partnership Projects and a key part of Verizon’s Advanced Technology Strategy team. He is the primary GSMA North America contact for Verizon and a member of various GSMA Working Groups and Projects. Gerry is currently focused on the future evolution of LTE Network Architecture, and 5G for IP based services and applications across industry verticals. During his 30 years of Telecom Wireless Industry experience, Gerry was involved with a combination of Information Technology positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of Rating, Billing, Customer Care, Service Creation and Delivery platforms. Prior to joining Verizon’s Network organization, Gerry was an IT Architect in the Verizon Wireless Data Solutions Group. Gerry has a Bachelor degree in Physics from Philippine Normal University.

Work Task #4:  MOPS and MASPS development for cellular

Boris Resnick

WT4 Work Task Lead

Deputy Technical Director, Aerospace Systems with GLONASS Union.

Boris has more than sixteen years of experience in aviation, as software development and system architect. Was involved in the development of a number of aviation systems, including GBAS stations, Aerodrome Weather Hazards and Wake Vortex monitoring systems, IoT for aviation solutions. Boris also worked with several industrial standardization groups. He holds a Master degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Moscow State University.