Brent W. York, PMP
2588 Connection Pt Ste 1110
Oviedo, Florida 32765
Mobile: (407) 625-5916


Experienced manager with entrepreneurial background across aviation, electronics, software development, and systems engineering is available to lead technical teams and departments, provide proven technical proposals, produce high-quality hardware and software products, and manage projects to achieve consistent results.


Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, Virginia, May, 1993. Concentration in Dynamics and Control.

Bachelor of Science in Physics, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee, May, 1991. Math and History minors. Graduated in cursu honorum and cum laude.

Work Experience

BVLOS Operations Manager, BNSF Railway, Ft. Worth, Texas. Responsible for planning and scheduling of testing operations (for aircraft as well as detect-and-avoid system components) to achieve Beyond Visual Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) operational capability and regulatory approval for BNSF Railway's large and small UAS activities. Oversaw deployment, maintenance, and upgrade of BVLOS infrastructure and supporting systems. Through these efforts, since 2016, BNSF has received from the FAA multiple "true" BVLOS flight authorities (no visual observers required anywhere); these include a National Class G Airspace authority (under Part 91) to fly a large UAS over BNSF-owned linear infrastructure and a Part 107 waiver/exemption to pre-flight and fly small UAS from docks (i.e., a "drone in a box") remotely over BNSF property nationwide. (January 2016 — Present)

Project Manager, Semplastics EHC LLC, Oviedo, Florida. Oversaw multiple projects including international collaborations for established firm producing advanced material solutions. Planned and executed schedules and budgets, managed day-to-day operations, and coordinated proposal and grant activities. (September 2017 — Present)

President, ArtSimMagic Inc., Orlando, Florida. Started small business as vehicle for research interests in applications of simulation and training technology. Teamed with other small businesses to win and execute contracts focusing in areas of aircraft simulation, mobile application development, and medical training devices. Engaged in project management, software and embedded systems development, proposal management and writing, business opportunity validation, and customer / end user interfacing. (June 2009 — Present)

Director of Simulation / Product Development, Indra Systems Inc., Winter Park, Florida. Headed Indra’s simulation department, with up to thirty direct reports. Acted as senior systems engineer to oversee design, development, integration, testing, and acceptance phases of major simulation and training programs. Performed marketing and proposal preparation functions, building industry teams to deliver simulation solutions. Successfully captured several new large contracts, including Indra Systems’ first competitive proposal win. Provided leadership in the area of new product conception, design, development and marketing. (July 2004 — April 2011)

Software Development Team Lead, United States Navy, Patuxent River, Maryland. Managed high-fidelity real-time aircraft simulations at Manned Flight Simulator facility. Led a team of aerospace and software engineers in development of large (250,000+ SLOC) software product for real-time flight simulation. (July 2000 — July 2004)

Aerospace Engineer, SAIC / United States Navy, Patuxent River, Maryland. Performed software engineering and design for several high-fidelity aircraft simulations used by U.S. Department of Defense (first as contractor, then as civil servant). (June 1993 — July 2000)


Project Management Professional (PMP) (2010 — Present). Certificate #1366621.

Private Pilot, Single Engine Land (1993 — Present).

References and Further Data Available on Request