Dr. Ella Atkins is an IEEE Senior Member and Professor in the University of Michigan’s Aerospace Engineering Department where she directs the Autonomous Aerospace Systems (A2SYS) Lab and is Associate Director of the Robotics Institute. Dr. Atkins holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan. She is past-chair of the AIAA Intelligent Systems Technical Committee, AIAA Fellow, small public airport owner/operator, private pilot, and Part 107 UAS pilot. She served on the National Academy’s Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, the Institute for Defense Analysis Defense Science Studies Group, and most recently a National Academy Urban Air Mobility study committee. Dr. Atkins has built a research program in decision-making and control to assure safe contingency management in manned and unmanned Aerospace applications. She is currently Editor-in-Chief of AIAA Journal of Aerospace Information Systems (JAIS).