Jacob Rutledge is a RDT&E Project Manager at UPS Flight Forward by day, sUAS hobbyist by night. Recognizing the convergence of what started as hobbyist and defense technologies, a favorable regulatory environment, and commercial opportunities to improve the world, Jacob comes to the table with a mentality that there is room for everyone.
His professional IT career spans support of multiple domains including Finance and Accounting, Flight Safety, Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering, global hardware deployment, transport category aircraft entry into service and now, Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS). His focus areas at UPS Flight Forward include C2, USS/UTM, and consolidated Ground Control Station strategy. Jacob recently transitioned from IT to the RDT&E team full time to manage large UAS onboarding and related enabling technologies.
Jacob holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from the University of Louisville and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana University Southeast.