Dr Clothier is currently a Principal Researcher at Boeing Research & Technology – Australia, the President of the Australian Association for Unmanned Systems (AAUS), and an Honorary Associate Professor at RMIT University. In these roles Dr Clothier has been extensively involved with the UAS development in Australia. Dr Clothier has a Bachelors in Engineering (Aerospace Avionics) and a PhD in the design and certification of UAS from QUT. His research interests include UAS autonomy, certification and safety assurance of highly autonomous systems. In 2016 Dr. Clothier was awarded the Outstanding Next Generation Professional at the Aviation/Aerospace Australia National Awards in recognition of his contribution to the Australian UAS industry. He was also the former Industry Co-chair of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Standards Consultative Sub-Committee for Unmanned Systems and currently serves on the General Aviation Advisory Group, which directly advises the Federal Minister of Transport and Infrastructure.