a UAS pioneer in the State of Nevada

GRADD Team Bios

Reza_Thunderbird_6-1024x575Reza Karamooz is the Founder of GRADD. It is Reza’s mission, through GRADD and its partners, help Las Vegas become known as the Silicon Valley of the UAS Industry.

Reza is the Founder and President of the Nevada Business Aviation Association (NVBAA), a statewide non-profit organization with nearly 400 members from across Nevada and beyond, working diligently on growing the business of Aviation, UAS, Defense and Aerospace in Nevada. Reza also founded the Nevada Chapter of Aerospace States Association (ASA) and manages the Chapter as its Vice Chair. Reza is an Honorary Commander of 11RS at The Creech Air Force Base. He believes that it is critical to the National Security and economic well-being of our country to be the worldwide dominating force in Aviation, Aerospace and UAS industries.

Reza Karamooz was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma and started his college career at The Colorado School of Mines. He holds an engineering degree from The Penn State University. His industry knowledge spans Aviation, UAS, Defense, Aerospace, IT, Technology, and Energy.

Reza is a council member on the Nevada Governor’s Workforce Investment Board (GWIB) for the Aerospace and Defense Sector. Reza started and sponsored the Aviation Club at Sunrise Mountain High School in March of 2014 and with the help of Mrs. Thitiya Pathakkhinang, his wife and an awesome math teacher at Sunrise Mountain High School, inspired students to compete in and win the National Championship in the 2014 Aviation Design Challenge, and National Team Top Score 2015.

Bill Couture PicBill Couture is a seasoned pilot with over 18 years of global experience, with about 3,000 hours on military jets, and a decade of experience in the private sector aviation industry.

He holds a degree from the United States Air Force Academy, and is a graduate of the United States Air Force Safety Officer School.

Bill was the Operations Manager of MGM Resorts Aviation and has ratings on G-IV, G-V, RJ/Bae 146, Boeing 757/767.

As the Operations Manager of MGM Resorts Aviation he authored significant portions of the General Operations Manual.

Mr. Couture is the Founding Treasurer and Board of Director’s member of Nevada Business Aviation Association (NVBAA).



RAYB-1~1Raymond Bradley is a career pilot with 10,000 hours of total flight time, including over 2,000 hours as a Navy Pilot.

At Allegiant Air Ray opened up HNL, BLI, SFB, LAX, UTA, and IWA.

As a U.S. Navy Pilot Ray flew transport missions in all weather, and high-density International environments.

Mr. Bradley’s type ratings include; BE-200, BE-400, MD-80, Boeing 757/767. Ray is ETOPS qualified on the 757. He also has a Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit.




Joseph MDr Rosen Head Shot. Rosen, M.D. Dr. Rosen is Professor of Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive) at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

He also teaches two courses at the Thayer School of Engineering, Dartmouth College – Healthcare and Biotechnology in the 21st Century and Virtual Medicine and Cybercare.

Dr. Rosen is a member of the Melanoma Tumor Board and Affiliate Member of the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Hartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital. He received his B.A. from Cornell University and an MD from Stanford University School of Medicine.

Dr. Rosen’s major research interests are in the areas of: Nerve Repair and Human-Machine Interfaces, Microsurgery and Transplantation of Limbs, Computer-Aided Surgery, Virtual Reality Simulators and methods of Education, Telemedicine and informatics, Healthcare Delivery for Medical Disasters and Counter Measures for Bio-Terrorism. He is a former Director of Emerging-Technologies Assessment at the Institute of Security Technology Studies at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire.

He is a committee member on the Bio-terrorism Working Group at the IEEE – USA Medical Technology Policy Committee and a consultant at the Institute of Defense Analysis in Washington, DC.

Dr. Rosen is a member of the Plastic Surgery Research Council, American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, and is a member of the Strategic Committee of the Association of Plastic Surgery.

Since 1981, Dr. Rosen has done volunteer surgery in developing countries for Interplast, Inc. and other groups.

TP Head ShotThitiya Pathakkhinang is a Golden Key International Honor Society member awarded by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2008 with 15 years of experience in the field of teaching AP Calculus and AP Statistic. She received a Masters Degree in Education (Mathematics Education) from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2009.

What distinguishes Thitiya from others in her field of expertise is that she treats teaching as a series of fun activities. She believes that; “It’s simple to explain why, but if it isn’t fun and relevant enough, students switch the channel”. Thitiya has a special interest in STEM-based Aviation and Aerospace activities. She believes that on the road to success it’s important to keep trying, and trying. Thitiya received the CCSD 2015 Distinguished Educator Award.

Born in Chaiyaphum, Thailand, and now a naturalized American Citizen, she is determined to uncover the secrets of how successful teachers communicate with students.

In 2014, the sole valedictorian from Sunrise Mountain High School was Ms. Pathakkhinang’s Calculus student. Ms. Pathakkhinang’s Krypto Math Club from Sunrise Mountain High School won the Southern Nevada 2014 and 2015 Competition and her senior students’ Math Proficiency passing rate was one of the highest in the Clark County School District in 2014 and 2015

Thitiya is the faculty advisor of the newly formed Aviation Club at Sunrise Mountain High School that won the 2014 National STEM Competition – GAMA Build-A-Plane / Aviation Design Challenge, and achieved the 2015 National Top Score.

Dr. Mark A.Mark Rivero Head Shot Rivero was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mark received Bachelors (Physical Education) and Doctorate (Educational Administration/Leadership) degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

He received a Masters degree in Athletic Administration from the University of New Mexico. Mark has been involved in education, both in the public schools as well as vocation fire academies for over thirty-six years.

He has held teaching and coaching positions with the Clark County School District and was employed for over eighteen years by Las Vegas Fire and Rescue. While employed with LVFR, he held positions of Firefighter, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Training Officer and Professional Development Officer.

He is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture at Southern Illinois University and an Assistant Professor and Program Advisor for the California Project creating fire management and safety courses and teaching in areas of research for fire and technical education. Mark is involved in the Las Vegas aviation community as an owner of 2 small aircraft and pilot with interest in the education and safety of general aviation and involved with the Civil Air Patrol as a Captain. Mark is on the National Fire Science Degree Program Committee.

Dr. Rivero made a personal donation to UNLV in 2014 to support the first-ever scholarship to support veterans pursing professional continuing education training. This scholarship will give preference to veterans who have chosen to complete a professional certificate program and wish to enter the work force in the Las Vegas area.

Steve Smith Head ShotSteve Smith served as the Chief of the Clark County Fire Department, the largest fire department in the Nevada. The department’s total service area encompasses 7,910 square miles with an urban planning area of 293 square miles.

As Chief, his responsibilities included overseeing each of the department’s divisions including fire suppression, emergency medical services and fire prevention, providing administrative oversight to 680 career firefighters and support staff, and approximately 180 volunteers, in 13 station located within Clark County’s rural areas.

Steve is a former U.S. Marine, and has been an active member of the community. He has lent his support to the annual Susan G. Komen Foundation “Breast Cancer Run” and to Child Haven, a county facility for abused and neglected children.

As a Nevada Homeland Security Commissioner, he was responsible for making recommendations to the Governor of Nevada with respect to actions or measures that may be taken to protect residents and visitors from potential acts of terrorism.

Steve recognized the need to work with the private sector to ensure that the increased service demand caused by new development could be met through public and private partnerships. To this end, he negotiated development agreements with Las Vegas Strip resort properties to provide funding for fire station, fire apparatus, emergency first responders and additional fire prevention staff. To reduce duplication of service and enhance emergency response efficiencies, Steve devised the Shared Services Plan between local fire agencies to provide limited specialized response services to maintain frontline emergency services throughout the community. He is the Managing Principal of SQS Consultants focusing on public safety policy and procedures and fire based community health care initiatives.

FaceshotStephen Hong is a Corps Member of Teach for America (TFA), a non-profit organization that looks for motivated, recently graduated college students to teach in under-represented communities across the United States.

Stephen earned his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering Degree from Cornell University and is currently working on a Masters in Education Degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

With the TFA vision of “one day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education,” Mr. Hong teaches high school AP and general physics courses at Sunrise Mountain High School, located in North Las Vegas.

At Sunrise Mountain, Mr. Hong is the acting head coach of the men’s tennis team and assistant head coach of the men’s golf team. In addition to sports, he is the head advisor of Sunrise Mountain’s First Robotics Competition team. During his undergraduate education, Mr. Hong spent two years working for iFyber, a biotechnology startup company that offers unique expertise at the interface of chemistry, biotechnology, and materials science.

Focusing on early stages of product and technology development, he researched various surface chemistry interactions that ranged from textiles to medical devices. In addition to iFyber, he also researched at Cornell University’s Orthopedic Research Lab and Hospital of Special Surgery. Working with Professor Marjolein van der Meulen, he researched the effects of estrogen receptor biochemical communication on the formation and resorption of bone. Mr. Hong has made a commitment to community service by joining Phi Sigma Pi National Honors fraternity and volunteering for Ithaca Youth Bureau’s Big Brother Big Sisters program. For his volunteer services, he was a recipient of the Tompkins Trust Company’s “Award for Excellence” with Ithaca Youth Bureau for their outstanding volunteer service to the community. He has continued his work with at-risk youth by joining Teach for America to have a positive impact on his students.

Ben Head ShotBen H. Nguyen is an immigrant-refugee to America from Vietnam. Ben is a Corps Member for Teach For America in the Las Vegas Valley at Sunrise Mountain High School. In addition to his placement as a 11th and 12th grade Physics Instructor, he also has plans to further impact his local community.

In high school, Ben was heavily involved in academics, music, leadership, and mostly notably, community action. He led his service club to engage in multiple projects, both locally and internationally.

In California, Ben served on the board of local non-profit, organizing bi-lingual community workshops for neighborhood projects, and grant writing for a brand-new neighborhood garden.

Ben was a Valedictorian at Elsie Allen High School in 2010 and was May 2010 Student of the month.

After high school, he chose to attend Dartmouth College on a full scholarship. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology, focusing on medical and cultural anthropology from Dartmouth College. He received a minor in Human Development and Education, with special focus on psychology, neuroscience, and education research. He also engaged in Pre-Medical courses while pursuing these concentrations. Ben served on the board of local non-profit, organizing bi-lingual community workshops for neighborhood projects, and grant writing for a brand-new neighborhood garden.

Ben was awarded the Press Democrat Youth Service Award for Community Action as a senior in high school.

DanielWangDaniel Wang is a California board-licensed Professional Engineer (License No. M34773).

He grew up in Plano, Texas and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a National Merit Scholar and member of the Engineering Honors Program. He graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Aerospace Engineering.

He has industry working experience as an engineer for contractors to the U.S. Department of Energy and Department of Defense in Silicon Valley as well as Las Vegas.