At Martin UAV, our mission is to build the world’s most advanced unmanned systems.  Our technology team specializes in building tactical systems from the ground up, addressing the vast capability gaps left by legacy technologies and current government programs of record around the world.  With decades of research and development, our platforms offer cutting edge applications and engineering feats unmatched in the government or commercial sectors of today.


Ruben Martin


Currently the CEO of Martin Midstream LP (NASDAQ – MMLP), Ruben has a distinguished track record in driving successful companies from the ground level up. His business leadership and knowledge bring stability to the fast moving world of Unmanned Aircraft Systems development and manufacturing. Ruben’s business judgment provides understanding and clarity in strategies and operations for success.

Tae Kim


Tae began his career flying the UH-60 Blackhawk and MQ-1C Gray Eagle as a US Army Aviator. He commanded the first prototype MQ-1C unit for U.S. Army Special Operations Command in Afghanistan. Following his military service, Tae transitioned to finance as an investment banker with Goldman Sachs & Co., where he advised public and private companies on M&A, equity raises, activism defense and other key strategic decisions. Tae earned a B.S. from the United States Military Academy at West Point and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Blake Sawyer

Chief Commercial Officer

Blake is a graduate of Texas A&M University & the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He is a former Marine Corps infantry officer with multiple combat tours in Western Iraq where he commanded a light armored reconnaissance platoon, a rifle platoon, and served as an advisor to the embattled Fallujah Police. Upon return from Iraq, Blake worked in support of counter-drug operations in the Western Hemisphere as part of a joint interagency international task force and as an ABDO under a US State Department program. After military and federal service, he was appointed as the statewide Director of Security and Deputy AD for Capitol operations for the Texas Department of Public Safety (State Police). Prior to his government service, Blake managed a technical support engineering and regional sales and support team for a major semiconductor equipment manufacturer, responsible for direct sales and services of plasma etch equipment in Taiwan, Thailand, Israel & Singapore.

Austin Howard

Lead Engineer

Austin studied mechanical engineering at Idaho State University before starting his career with NASA Ames in Silicon Valley. Austin joined MLB in 2010 and established himself as the lead systems integrator leading various projects for DARPA and the AFRL. Austin is a self-motivated, ambitious individual with the focus to succeed helping drive Martin UAV to the next level as V-BAT matures. Austin leads engineering implementation in Santa Clara for product development and is widely respected throughout the company and by customers alike founded in his professional approach.

Heath Niemi

VP, Head of Global Sales & Development

Colonel (Retired) Heath Niemi spent 29 years in the Army that included a degree of Engineering Management from West Point, two Masters Degrees and 17 years in U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation. A combat veteran with 20 short combat tours, Heath’s deployments included the initial offensives to Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. Heath led in every leadership and staff position within the U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Command. His Army time culminated as the Chief of Staff of this 4200-man organization to include global operations, logistics and managing a $3.9 billion 5- year portfolio. Heath is responsible for building global sales with SpecOps, the Army, and partner nations, while also assisting in the future MUAV capability development.

Wayne McAuliffe

VP, Head of Programs

Wayne is a retired Naval Aviator whose career included assignments in Florida, California, Washington DC, Australia and the Middle East. He has served as a NAVAIR APM for Test and Evaluation, a staff officer for the Middle East, the Naval Attaché to Saudi Arabia and Yemen, and on the faculty of the Naval War College. At Kaman Helicopters he was responsible for a major FMS sale the Polish Navy, at AAI for transitioning the Marine Corps from the Pioneer to a Shadow 200 and the development of the One System Remote Video Terminal (OSRVT), at Telephonics he and his team were responsible for the radars on MH-60Rs and MQ-8Bs. At MUAV he is focused on bringing the V-BAT to the attention of the Special Warfare community, DoD, and other agencies.

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