Dr. Denise Bjorkman of the Neuro Business Institute: Need th…

Neuroscientist Dr. Denise Bjorkman is enthusiastic about her work.  She talks quick and thinks quick – and started her speak at the Drones Africa Summit this morning by paraphrasing US Representative Pat Schroeder: “I have brains and a uterus, and I’m using them both.”

Performing analysis with the Drone Portal and the Neuro Business Institute, Bjorkman’s work is targeted on figuring out the precise attributes of the excellent drone pilot, male or feminine – however she finds that in some areas, feminine pilots may very well have the edge.

Bjorkman laments statistics that present that 6% of manned plane pilots are girls, and fewer than four% of drone pilots in the US are girls.  She says that the drone trade must step as much as rectify the scenario. “We can’t have a Christopher Columbus strategy,” says Bjorkman. “Columbus didn’t know where the hell he was going, what he was going to do, and where he’d been when he got home.”

Bjorkman’s group makes use of refined instruments to check thought processes and mind exercise, and her specialty is in gender variations.  “We are using a range of neuroscience equipment… we can look inside the brain and actually see what is happening.  We have direct insight into behaviour in real time,” she says.  Developing a screening take a look at for excellent drone pilots, her analysis has recognized practically 20 traits that contribute to success in the trade.  In addition to excessive stage STEM expertise, attributes embrace composure vs. recklessness, speedy dealing with of ambiguous and paradoxical conditions, ethics and a excessive stage of compliance with guidelines, and a capability to combine multi-level data at velocity.

Bjorkman isn’t saying that one gender is healthier at the job than the different, however contends that the analysis in gender variations in mind exercise point out that ladies could make ideally suited pilots.  “We’re hard-wired for safety and security,” says Bjorkman.  “We’re high on team work.”  She concludes that with equal schooling there is no such thing as a excuse for the disparity in employment.


“I really believe that there is an equality between men and women,” says Bjorkman. “And this is the right time – this is an evolving industry.  We have an opportunity here.”



Miriam McNabb is the CEO of JobForDrones, knowledgeable drone companies market, and a fascinated observer of the rising drone trade and the regulatory setting for drones. She writes for DRONELIFE on present information, monetary traits, and FAA rules. Miriam has a level from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of expertise in excessive tech gross sales and advertising for brand new applied sciences.
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