Michael Sanders

Michael Sanders
Mike leads Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s (TAMU-CC) Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Center of Excellence and Innovation; one of seven Federal Aviation Administration’s designated UAS Test Sites.  LSUASC’s mission is to: advance the integration of UAS and Autonomous Aviation (AAV) technologies across educational, public, and commercial agency interests; inform governing agencies on UAS and AAV operations to better able integration into the National Airspace System; and support state-wide efforts to integrate UAS to Emergency Management and Public Safety agencies within the State of Texas. 

Prior to joining the staff at TAMU-CC, Mike served as an Infantry Officer in the US Army for 30 years in a variety of Command and Leadership positions. His assignments included several combat deployments to include coordinating Counter-IED efforts in Afghanistan in 2011. Mike was also well known throughout his Army career as an early adopter of transformational technology both as an experimentation lead for the Army’s Objective Force Task Force and while serving as Deputy Director for both the Army and Defense Modeling and Simulation Offices. After retiring from the Army, Mike spent almost five years in the private sector, and was the Deputy Project Manager on a $5M Air Force modeling and simulation support services contract.

Mike holds a bachelor’s degree in History, and Master of Science degrees in Administration, Industrial Engineering, and Strategic Studies.