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Matt Scassero

Director, UMD Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Test Site

A. James Clark School of Engineering


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As the director of the UAS Test Site, Matt Scassero leads the university’s efforts to be a premier force in advancing UAS safely, efficiently and effectively while delivering products and programs in support of workforce development and higher education goals.

Prior to his work with UAS, Scassero was the chief contracts officer for Melwood, a non-profit dedicated to empowering people with differing abilities to enrich their own lives through rehabilitative services and employment opportunities. Scassero completed a 27-year career in the U.S. Navy, retiring at the rank of captain as the vice commander for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, the Navy’s principal research, development, test, evaluation, engineering, and fleet support activity for naval aircraft and systems. He is certified by the federal government in program management, test and evaluation, software acquisition, safety program management, and electronic warfare operations.

Scassero earned a B.S. in physics (oceanography) from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and is a Leadership Maryland 2007 graduate. In 2017, he completed a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Baltimore.

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