Brian Wynne

Brian Wynne

President and CEO


Brian Wynne is president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. AUVSI represents corporations and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in business and government and who work in the defense, civil, and commercial markets.

Wynne is an influential unmanned systems industry thought leader. In 2017, he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to a three-year term on the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Management Advisory Council (MAC), which provides counsel to the FAA on policy and regulatory matters, as well as the agency’s management and spending. He is also a member of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC), a federal advisory committee of key decision makers formed by the FAA to support the safe introduction of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the nation’s airspace.

Additionally, Wynne is a member of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST), which is comprised of stakeholders from government and the aviation industry that gather and analyze data to enhance UAS safety and operations. He also served on the FAA’s UAS Registration Task Force and Micro UAS Aviation Rulemaking Committee. He was recently selected to serve on the Aviation Advisory Committee at MITRE, a not-for-profit company that operates multiple federally funded research and development centers that are dedicated to solving problems for a safer world.

Wynne brings in-depth experience in transportation and technology applications gained through leadership roles with industry associations and public-private partnerships. Prior to joining AUVSI in 2015, he was president and CEO of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), a trade association that promotes battery, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric drive technologies and infrastructure.

Before being selected to lead EDTA in 2004, Wynne was senior vice president for business and trade at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). Previously, he was CEO of the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM). He has also served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. He started his career as a legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. Charles Percy of Illinois.

Wynne earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Scranton and a master’s degree from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cologne in Germany.

He has been an instrument-rated, general aviation pilot for more than 20 years and flies a Socata Trinidad. He recently received a commercial pilot certificate and holds a remote pilot certificate to operate small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, also known as drones.

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