Capt. Michael Leo

Capt. Michael Leo

Head of Robotics and Drones
New York City Fire Department

Captain Michael Leo has been a firefighter with the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) for 20 years, serving 13 years in the special operations command. While earning a B.A. in Fire and Emergency Management at John Jay College, Michael studied the expanding role of remotely piloted aircraft systems for use in emergency management. As the program administrator for FDNY Robotics, Michael’s responsibilities include all aspects of remotely operated robotics in addition to emerging technologies to support command tactics. Michael currently serves as a member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s advanced aviation advisory committee, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) small unmanned aircraft committee, ASTM International small aircraft committee and is studying towards a Master’s Degree in unmanned systems at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.