Dean Barefield joined Southern Company as the UAS Program Manager in 2017 following a 22-year career in the U.S. Army. Beginning his military career in law enforcement, Dean served his last 12 years as an attack helicopter pilot and UAS Technical Warrant Officer, responsible for integrating UAS in support of full spectrum military operations. A certified Part 107 Remote Pilot, Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and serves on the advisory committee for the Energy Drone and Robotics Coalition and as a Board member on the Commercial Drone Alliance. Passionate about drone technology, Dean leverages his prior experiences to successfully integrate UAS within the energy sector and lead the future of the Southern Company UAS Program.
September 5-7, 2023 • Caesars Forum • Las Vegas