In 2012, Kyle Snyder returned home to North Carolina to lead the development of an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Ecosystem as part of an effort to transition the state to a modern air transportation system. In the role as the NGAT Consortium Director at NC State University, Mr. Snyder is reaching across North Carolina to connect researchers and educators with industry and government offices that are preparing for future aviation capabilities. He has spent his entire career researching, developing, testing, educating, and advocating for new aerospace and aviation technologies. Having seen the initial Space Shuttle launches from his backyard as a kid, to standing on the flight line for a couple of the last SR-71 flights at NASA Dryden, to being a driving force in the domestic integration of UAS for civil and commercial operations, Mr. Snyder continues to be inspired by the science of flight and seeks to share those moments with those around him (especially his wife and young son!).