Tom Davis, an aviation and advanced air mobility veteran at NASA and Crown Consulting, has joined the Advanced Mobility Collective as an expert in residence and member of the Board of Advisors.

The Advanced Mobility Collective is a new community for collaboration to bring new mobility services to life. The Collective is a nonprofit global community of business, technology, government and research partners.

“The Collective and our partners are very fortunate to have Tom join our team,” said Advanced Mobility Collective Executive Director Todd Spain. “He is recognized as a subject matter expert in advanced air transportation, unmanned aircraft systems and urban air mobility technologies and concepts.” Davis and Spain are members of the NASA Advanced Air Mobility Ecosystem Working Group.

Davis currently is vice president of science and research programs at Crown Consulting, which serves commercial and government organizations with analytics, information solutions and engineering services. Davis’ clients include NASA, the FAA, the N.C. Department of Transportation Division of Aviation and NUAIR, a nonprofit based in New York that manages a test site for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Davis served in several leadership positions in his 35-year career with NASA. He served as the division chief of the aviation systems division at the NASA Ames Research Center which also included roles as a researcher and project manager. He served in key roles in joint NASA and Federal Aviation Administration research initiatives for air traffic control and earned an award for NASA Software of the Year for the Center TRACON Automation System (CTAS). Davis also received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and the NASA Exceptional Engineering Achievement Medal. 

“I am excited to be helping The Collective partners and joining a global community that is a catalyst for mobility innovation,” Davis said. “I feel very fortunate that my life and career have spanned some amazing innovations in aerospace, from manned space flight and Apollo to being on the cusp of enabling autonomous flight vehicles and urban air mobility. Connected and autonomous vehicles are evolving into smart machines that will transform our lives. Together, we can accelerate the process for companies, entrepreneurial startups, and governments to seize opportunities in the emerging mobility market.”

The Collective is continuing to build and expand its network of partners as an economic development initiative of The Wireless Research Center

About the Advanced Mobility Collective

The Advanced Mobility Collective is a private, nonprofit facilitator of innovation building an ecosystem of business, government and research partners to birth new services using drones and autonomous vehicles. As a catalyst for collaboration worldwide, the Collective reduces barriers and unites essential components for new mobility and transportation services. The Collective is actively seeking partners to join the global conversation. For more information, visit

About the Wireless Research Center

The WRC is a nonprofit organization supporting clients globally with unique applied research, engineering services and testing for communication technologies. The WRC accelerates the rate of scientific innovation as a network design and Internet of Things (IoT) consultant and certified testing facility for the CTIA and many wireless network providers. The WRC fosters innovation and collaboration among commercial partners, industry groups, academic institutions and research organizations. The WRC is leading the deployment and operation of advanced wireless 5G testbeds for the nation’s third advanced wireless research platform supported by an industry consortium and a $24 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Initial testbeds for autonomous drone and mobility systems are planned for Raleigh and Cary in North Carolina. For more information, visit

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