UAS Education 2 – Unmanned Vehicle University

recently wrote about universities that are provided degree programs for UAS.  Another organization that is providing programs is the Unmanned Vehicle University (UVU).  It is not yet accredited by the professional accreditation agencies, but is licensed by the State of Arizona Board of Education.

From their website:  “Unmanned Vehicle University (UVU) is the first University in the world licensed to grant Doctorate and Masters Degrees in Unmanned (Air, Ground, Sea and Space) Systems Engineering and a Certificate in UAS Project Management as a totally online curriculum. The University’s primary focus area is on Unmanned Air, Ground, Sea and Space Systems education and training. Most of the faculty at the university have PhDs in engineering and combined experience of over 500 years. The university’s UAV instructor pilots have combined experience of over 60,000 hours in Predator, Reaper, Global Hawk, Hermes, Heron, Aerostar and many small UAVs. UVU is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix.”

They are offering two three-day seminars called “The Fundamentals of UAVs” – in New York March 19-21 and Houston on March 27-29.  The course costs $1999 ($1899 for active duty military) and counts for four university credits – participants will receive a DJI Phantom upon completion of the course.  ABOUT THE COURSE

If you want to read more, National Geographic has a post about their Pilot Certification program and here is a paper called A New Approach to Unmanned Systems Education and Training, by the President of Unmanned Vehicle University, Dr. Jerry LeMieux, President.  Below is a segment from Fox News.  This is a new way to approach education, and I’m for anything that educates people before they start flying.  If you’ve attended one of their programs, I’d love to hear from you with feedback.

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