Meet Our Team

Barry Morris
Barry MorrisCo-Founder, CEO and Chief Instructor

Mr. Morris brings more than 26 years of business and corporate management experience to DUU. He has more than 5,200 hours of fixed wing aircraft flight time including over 2,200 hours of manned flight instruction given, 32 years of accident/incident free flight operations and experience in over 35 different aircraft makes and models. Barry is currently flying as a FAA certified flight instructor in both single and multi-engine aircraft. He is an FAA Advanced Ground Instructor and was awarded the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) Flight Instructor Excellence Honor Roll recognition in 2013, 2014 and again for 2015. As a chief flight instructor he has worked closely with the FAA in developing training curriculum for FAA Part 141 flight schools in addition to operating his own flight academy and is our chief instructor at DUU. He is absolutely passionate about aviation and is directly involved in the day-to-day operations of the company.

John Riga
John RigaCo-Founder and COO

Mr. Riga has more than 30 years of management experience in several industries including manufacturing, TV productions, transportation and real estate finance and development. He is co-founder of Rescue Products Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of search and rescue equipment to the fire and search & rescue industries. John was the season one Executive Producer of the reality TV show “Dangerous Waters” and worked with Merv Griffin Productions in various positions. John owned and operated one of the largest executive fleets of for hire vehicles in California for more than 25 years providing services worldwide. His executive management experience includes business operations, logistics, marketing and strategic planning. John enjoys racing classic cars, boating, camping, fishing and just about anything outdoors.

Greg Karr
Greg KarrCo-Founder and CFO

Mr. Karr has more than 25 years of banking, corporate and financial executive management experience including executive level experience in corporate management, strategic planning, financial management, risk management, financial analysis, organizational analysis, capital raises and mergers / acquisitions. He has extensive corporate experience as a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and other executive officer positions for various companies. Greg is an avid sports enthusiast who enjoys golf and other sport activities.

Nick Swartzendruber
Nick SwartzendruberChief Flight Trainer

Mr. Swartzendruber brings more than 13 years and 2000+ hours of radio control (RC) fixed wing and multi-rotor experience to DUU. In addition to being our chief flight trainer, Nick also teaches our Advanced UAS Cinematography Production Certification course. He is an established leader in the field of SUAS and is the owner and operator of a very successful business that specializes in aerial cinematography and film making in the Western U.S.. Nick has extensive experience in business management, electronic and mechanical aircraft setups, flight training and programming. His close ties to aircraft platform manufacturers has developed into business relationships whereby he is a test pilot and assists in research and development of associated mechanical and electronic systems. When Nick isn’t teaching, flying and editing film, he enjoys camping, motorcycle riding, and spending time with his family.

Jeff Lautrup
Jeff LautrupLead Simulator & Flight Trainer, Disaster Response and Insurance Expert

Mr. Lautrup brings a wide range of talent to the DUU trainer team. With over 20 years of radio controlled aircraft building and flying, and over 20 years in the residential and commercial insurance industry, Jeff is a simulator and lead flight trainer for our Commercial UAS/Drone Pilot Certification course. He has first hand experience as a “boots on the ground” insurance engineer and adjuster in major disasters including Hurricane’s Irene and Iniki, witnessing not only being in the storm but the massive post recovery efforts. For the last 5 years he has dedicated himself to mainly First Person View (FPV) craft and helped pioneer the home grown movement. Jeff was also a pioneer in multi-rotor aerial photography and locally started the real estate virtual tour filming that is still popular today. He was the flight line director for the very first Drone Nationals held here in Sacramento in the summer of 2015 and is still very active in the local FPV racing community. His passion is building custom EPP flying wings and is part of the organizational process of FPV wing racing, chase video and formation flying. Don’t hesitate to ask Jeff about all things FPV!

Alvin Alejandro
Alvin AlejandroLead Flight Trainer, Remote Sensor Expert

Mr. Alejandro possesses over 24 years of teaching experience. As an award winning motorcycle instructor, Alvin never places any bounds, limits, or ways to improve on anything he teaches. As the in-house expert in UAS remote sensors, Alvin is DUU’s lead trainer in our UAS Structure Inspector and Maintenance & Repair Certification courses. He continually researches the latest technology and technique through theoretical concepts to real world missions. Alvin has experience in working with 3D modeling, DSM, DTM, DEM, and thermal imaging and has been involved in volunteer based search and recovery missions. He was also a beta tester for Drone Deploy during it’s launch phase and also conducts a very successful public drone awareness program he created entitled, “Drones: An Introduction to a Modern Phenomenon”, which are all conducted through county library systems.

The program was developed in early December 2015 during the surge of fear of aerial drones in the media and allows the local citizens to understand where and how drones are used and what are the current laws are along with what the near future holds. Alvin is retired Air Force, received the Desert Shield/Storm Service Recognition Award, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology/Pre-PT, MSF/TCT/CMSP Instructor for 25 years and POST Law Enforcement training. Alvin also heads DUU’s enterprise, open platform custom aircraft build unit specializing in utilizing FLIR sensors for specific public safety, educator, corporate and private sector clients.
Matthew Davis
Matthew DavisSenior Instructor

Mr. Davis is a Senior Instructor with DUU and is instrumental in the success and currency of curriculum development and instruction of sUAS. Matthew is an instrument rated, commercial helicopter pilot and flight instructor applying his aviation knowledge and expertise to improving the operational capability of unmanned aerial vehicles, whether for professional and commercial use or for the hobbyist. Safety is paramount in his teaching of others on the aviation fundamentals and methods for successful piloting of these cutting-edge technology evolving in the sUAS environment. Matt is originally from Livermore, CA and is an Army veteran; proudly serving for 9 years as a combat engineer. He has four children; Cody, Crystal, Olivia and Alana and is married to his wife, Trina.

Doug Wiedman
Doug WiedmanFirst Responder, Subject Matter Expert (SME) Instructor

Mr. Wiedman is an instructor for DUU’s First Responder UAS Certification Course, has been a Sacramento County Deputy Sheriff for the past 19 years and is currently assigned as a Field Investigator for the Home Detention Program. Doug has spent most of his career working on numerous technology projects within the department including developing and implementing a Locating At Risk Missing Persons (LAMP) project for the Sacramento Region including integration into the Take Me Home Safely.

Doug has had multiple assignments in the Sheriff’s Department including technical services, custody, and multiple duty assignments in patrol.

He has participated and been primary officer on numerous reported at-risk missing person calls for service and has actively searched on numerous urban missing person events including assisting and coordinating with urban search and rescue teams including K9 resources.

In addition, Doug has been a team member on specialized operations units and has been deployed numerous times on tactical events where he and his team would assist SED/SWAT with specialized electronic equipment to provide situational awareness to tactical teams and incident command. He has recently been working on and researching both UAS and counter-UAS projects as they relate to law enforcement agencies and facilities.

Doug holds an AS degree in Computer Technology from Cuyamaca College in San Diego, a BS Degree in Political Science from CSU Chico and a MA in International Affairs from CSU Sacramento. He received his Police Officers Standard Training (POST) Certificate from Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, is FAA Part 107 SUAS licensed (with night operation waiver) and is actively flying commercial UAS operations including private sector commercial flights as well as public sector related operations.

Doug has been building and flying small-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and related first person view (FPV) systems since 2010. He has conducted numerous photo and video sessions for clients in multiple countries, including the US, Spain, Ireland, the UK, Mexico as is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) at operating safely a UAS in hazardous-extreme weather conditions.

He is a UAS, SME to the National Inter Agency Board (IAB) and also a member of a newly formed National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) technical committee which has been tasked with drafting the first national standards for UAS use by first responders. Other current roles include advisor to local and regional law enforcement agencies who are interested in developing and or to obtain a Certificate of Authorization (COA) from the FAA to operate and develop a UAS program and lectures to and been an advisor for private investigator associations and bail bonds associations on how to incorporate commercial UAS use into their existing operations.

Roger Apolinar
Roger ApolinarAdvanced Aerial Cinematography Trainer

Mr. Apolinar is one of DUU’s Advanced UAS Cinematography Production Certification course and lead flight instructors considering himself a tech savvy, end-to-end video producer while flying as a expert commercial 107 Remote Pilot. Roger has received formal training in digital cinema, aerial cinematography, lighting, visual effects, motion graphics, non-linear editing as well as acquiring several years experience in the high-end audio-visual presentation industry. He holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree from The Academy of Arts University, San Francisco in Digital Cinematography, Visual FX, and Animation. A 16 year seasoned director, producer, and cinematographer with IMDB credits for Captain America: The First Avenger, THOR, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and the Smurf’s Movie. His other interests are creating 360′ video experiences, photography, real estate investing, firearm collector and video games. Roger brings unparalleled interpersonal and technical skills to the DUU training team.

Shannon Wyman
Shannon WymanUAS Precision Agriculture Instructor

Mr. Wyman has been involved in all stages of Production Agriculture for the last 9 years, from Row crop seed production to introduction of new GMO traits and crops through Crop Protection and Seed Care. Planning, production execution and quality control of crop seeds such as Corn, Soybeans, Sunflowers and Alfalfa, he currently works primarily with growers of Vegetables, Tree Nuts, Fruit and Grapes. Prior experience in manufacturing and logistics with FedEx, SONY and Lennox. Shannon is a NAVY veteran working as an acoustic analysis in support of Pacific Fleet operations and exercise reconstructions. Shannon is a graduate of the University of Texas Arlington with a BS in Information Systems and currently holds Remote Pilot sUAS qualification.

Todd Martin
Todd MartinLead Flight Trainer

Mr. Martin has been passionate about aviation ever since early youth. He acquired his first fixed-wing radio controlled aircraft at the age of 6 which fueled his interest in the hobby. Since then, Todd has gained 15 years of experience with radio controlled planes, helicopters and multi-rotors. His biggest interests with UAVs include design, DIY construction and autonomous flight. In addition to his position as a lead flight instructor at DUU, Todd is a FAA licensed Private Pilot. He’s also attending Sacramento City College where he plans to get his Collegiate Training Initiative (CTI) and transfer to the FAA Air Traffic Controlling Academy.

Mason Evans
Mason EvansSimulator & Flight Trainer

Mr. Evans is highly skilled in flying RC fixed wing planes as well as multi-rotors. In addition to his position as a DUU simulator and flight instructor, Mason is currently studying mechanical engineering at the University of California, Merced and is passionate for all things mechanical. In his spare time he enjoys fishing, photography, hiking or a combination of them all.

Nicholas Lucena
Nicholas LucenaFlight Line Assistant

Mr. Lucena provides a great asset to the DUU team with assisting all aspects of our training’s. Not only is Nicholas a great multi rotor pilot but provides full flight line and classroom support to the instructors including A/V setup, aircraft pre-flight and repair, battery station and much more. When Nicholas is not flying he enjoys hunting, fishing and anything outdoors.


 

We are more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please contact at 855-I-FLY-UAV (855-435-9828) or email us at info@droneuniversityusa.com.