Certificate in the Application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems
State and local emergency managers have shown intense interest in what drones can do for the field of emergency management, particularly emergency response, recovery and mitigation. AUVSI estimates 15,000 new drones will be put into service by state and local agencies in the next 15 years. However, experts in the field are rare, and few are cross trained in management of these systems and the fields in which they are applied.
The Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program has developed extensive UAS capability and expertise. This includes practical ‘hands on’ usage of the technology as well as the regulatory frameworks, requirements, and realities of using this data in a variety of fields. EMHS has used drones in several disaster risk reduction projects in the Caribbean and is currently collaborating with the Florida Division of Emergency Management on integrating drones into emergency management and public safety. Three faculty members from EMHS have acquired manufacturer certifications for specific aircraft and the program has received a Certificate of Authorization (COA) from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly UAS for research and educational purposes.
Beginning in the Summer of 2016, EMHS is offering a new certificate program titled, "Application of Unmanned Aircraft Systems". This certificate program gives students another way to differentiate themselves from their peers as well as provides unique and desirable educational and practical experiences. Students will learn the following core capabilities:
The certificate program is available at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and is open to all majors. Students may take the UAS courses without being enrolled in the certificate program.