Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
As Founder and CTO, Dave is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and driving the technology vision for our products. Dave is a veteran of the unmanned aviation industry and began developing drones in 1996 as part of the AUVSI student competitions.
Prior to his role as CTO, Dave Kroetsch was Aeryon’s CEO for over a decade, where, along with the founding team, Dave helped grow the company from its beginnings in his garage to a world-leader in VTOL drones. Before that, he held a number of engineering positions at companies including PixStream, Cisco Systems, VideoLocus, and LSI Logic, where he developed hardware to deliver digital video systems. Dave earned his BASc in Computer Engineering and MASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, where he also founded the Waterloo Aerial Robotics Group, an organization that he managed for six years.
Dave enjoys spending time with his young family camping and hiking, and when Dave is not flying drones he enjoys getting himself airborne through the sports of paramotoring and paragliding.