Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the ASSURE Coalition have been selected by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the nation’s new Center of Excellence in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).
As a co-founder of ASSURE (Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence), Embry-Riddle will be the technical lead in UAS airport ground operations, UAS pilot and crew training and co-lead in command and communication research. Embry-Riddle will also provide research support in the areas of detect-and-avoid, human factors, air traffic control interoperability, air traffic management, low-altitude operations, wake separation and noise reduction.
ASSURE’s mission is to provide the FAA with the research it needs to quickly, safely and efficiently integrate unmanned aerial systems into the National Airspace System with minimal changes to the current system. The ASSURE alliance will be managed by Mississippi State University.
“Embry-Riddle helped develop the ASSURE Coalition to create the best collaboration between academia and industry to support research in unmanned aircraft systems,” said Dr. Richard Stansbury, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering and Computer Science at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus. “We are eager to begin working with the FAA to solve these technical challenges.”
According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the national UAS market is forecast to generate more than 100,000 jobs and have an $82 billion economic impact in the first decade after FAA integration is accomplished.
“Our students will be involved at the highest level of research and training that will directly lead to integrating unmanned aerial systems into the national airspace,” said Dr. Michael Hickey, University Dean of Research & Graduate Studies. “They will not only help define that integration, but will have the opportunity to quickly assume leadership roles within the UAS industry when they graduate from Embry-Riddle.”
Embry-Riddle is one of the first schools in the nation to offer a degree in UAS. Both the Prescott and Daytona Beach Campuses offer a Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science . The Daytona Beach Campus also offers a Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering. The university’s Worldwide Campus offers a Master of Science in Unmanned Systems, a Master of Aeronautical Science with UAS Specialization and this summer will begin offering a Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Systems Applications. All three campuses offer a minor in Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
Embry-Riddle’s Professional Education Programs provide continuing education courses in UAS created specifically for professionals and organizations in the aviation and aerospace industry. A three-day specialized course in Unmanned Aircraft Systems is offered at the Daytona Beach Campus and the Worldwide Campus offers a two-day course on UAS Applications, Operations, and Support.
In addition to Embry-Riddle and Mississippi State University, ASSURE members include Drexel University, Kansas State University, Louisiana Tech University, Montana State University, New Mexico State University, North Carolina State University, Oregon State University, University of Alabama-Huntsville, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of Kansas, University of North Dakota, Ohio State University, University of California- Davis and Wichita State University. Associate members include Auburn University, Concordia University, Indiana State University, Tuskegee University and University of Southampton.
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