Dr. Renee Welch is an experienced advocate for uncrewed aerial systems and digital equity. She has been involved in writing and reviewing government grants and incentives for over 20 years to encourage investment in innovation. At We Robotics and previously at Drone Grantology, she supported clients in developing funding pathways to develop, expand, and scale their uncrewed systems technology products and services.
As a FAA Certificated Remote Pilot, Dr. Welch is passionate about promoting S.T.R.E.A.M (science, technology, reading, engineering, aviation, math) careers and exposing students, educators, and communities to these fields. She also serves as the Chair of the U.S. Drone Soccer National Engagement Strategy Advisory, demonstrating her commitment to bringing innovative and engaging experiences to students.
Dr. Welch graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a doctorate in educational policy, a master’s in curriculum, and a bachelor’s in finance. She leverages her 20 years of professional experience as a continuing education and workforce development specialist to provide comprehensive support to her clients. In addition to her work, Renee is an active member of several organizations that share her passion for UAS/AAM and drone technology, including Women and Drones, Drone Responders, AUVSI, and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).