James L Grimsley Mr. Grimsley is President and CEO of DII, LLC. DII is a leading edge advanced research and development company based in Oklahoma that focuses on innovative technology for unmanned aircraft/“drones”. Mr. Grimsley is a former Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Oklahoma – Norman Campus (OU). Mr. Grimsley led the successful capture effort for the FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) on behalf of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Mr. Grimsley is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to starting DII, Mr. Grimsley was a Division Chief Engineer and later an Assistant Vice President with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). Mr. Grimsley has been active in a variety of state organizations and initiatives. Mr. Grimsley organized the Unmanned Systems Alliance of Oklahoma (USA-OK) that is now a state chapter of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and served as founding president until 2014.
In 2016, Mr. Grimsley was appointed to the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee Subcommittee (DACSC), and was in active task groups addressing governmental roles and responsibilities (federal, state, and local) as well as access to airspace issues.
AUVSI named Mr. Grimsley the “AUVSI Member of the Year” for 2014 in recognition of the state and national leadership for the UAS industry and for important advocacy work on behalf of the industry. Mr. Grimsley is one of the leading recognizable state and national figures in the UAS industry and is frequently interviewed in the international media (The Economist, Associated Press, Fortune, The Guardian Newspaper, CNBC, etc.).