CSU Drone Center Team

Christopher Robertson

Christopher Robertson, Drone Center Director

Email: Christopher.Robertson@colostate.edu

Christopher Robertson serves as the Director of the CSU Drone Center. He has been employed by Colorado State University for the past 20 years primarily with the Colorado State University Police Department. During his time at CSUPD, he spent 16 years in the patrol division and 4 years in event security management. Christopher left the CSUPD in 2020 at the rank of Sergeant to become the full-time Director of the CSU Drone Center. He is also an alumnus of Colorado State University. Christopher has been involved in UAS operations for the past 6 years and has experience with drones in both the public and private sectors. He assisted in founding the Larimer County UAS Team which provides fire, police, and search and rescue drone services for Larimer County. Christopher has experience piloting sUAS for police, fire, SAR, and research-based missions. Christopher founded the CSU Drone Flight School and has helped over 300 people obtain their Part 107 FAA UAS certificate. Christopher is a licensed FAA Private Pilot and a certificated Remote Pilot. Christopher has experience piloting both multi-rotor and fixed-wing UAS and traditional single-engine airplanes. Christopher is additionally a search and rescue K9 handler for Larimer County Search and Rescue and Search and Rescue Dogs of the United States.

Adam Smith

Adam Smith, Drone Center Assistant Director

Email: Adam.S.Smith@colostate.edu

Adam Smith serves as the Assistant Director of the CSU Drone Center. He has been employed by Colorado State University for the past 20 years, and recently retired from the Colorado State University Police Department. During his time at CSUPD, Adam worked in a variety of assignments throughout the community, and helped develop the Police Department’s UAS program, recently supervising all police UAS operations until his retirement. Adam is a licensed FAA Part 107 UAS pilot and has many years of experience flying UAS for law enforcement, event management, search & rescue, and commercial photography / videography projects. Adam is a current Colorado emergency medical technician and a U.S. Navy veteran.

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Seth Wilson, UAS Pilot

Email: seth303@colostate.edu

Seth Wilson is a student at Colorado State University studying Mechanical Engineering. He has experience in manned aviation for over 5 years and has combined his passion for research and aviation via drones. Seth’s drone expertise is in videography, photography, and promotional videos. In his free time, Seth enjoys all areas of outdoor recreation including hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and boating.

Ryan Pyle

Ryan Pyle, Maintenance Officer and UAS Pilot

Email: rdpyle@colostate.edu

Ryan has been flying drones since he was old enough to hold the controller. He is currently a student a CSU studying GIS. Ryan enjoys competitive aerobatic flying with his large Extra 300 aircraft, as well has lots of experience with all drone platforms.


Alex Olsen-Mikitowicz, UAS Pilot

Email: aolsenm@colostate.edu

Alex is a graduate student at CSU in the Werner College of Natural Resources and a U.S Air Force veteran. He has experience working with geospatial data acquisition/analytics, remote sensing, and many other UAS applications. He has flight experience in a wide variety of UAS platforms and is currently working on his Private Pilot License. Alex also enjoys mountain biking, telemark skiing, and science fiction.

The CSU Drone Center is overseen by a steering committee who advises and sets direction for the Center:

Committee MemberDepartment
Mahmood R Azimi-SadjadiElectrical and Computer Engineering
V. ChandrasekarElectrical and Computer Engineering
Jose ChavezCivil and Environmental Engineering and Extension
Sean FreemanAtmospheric Science
Sonia KreidenweisAtmospheric Science and Dean’s Office Walter Scott College of Engineering
Dan McgrathGeosciences WCNR