A workshop in Nevada hopes to launch higher-education programs in drone studies. Working with both the University of Nevada-Las Vegas and University of Nevada-Reno, the unmanned aerial vehicle industry wants to start training people now for jobs they expect will exist in five years.
The Titans of Industry Workshop, held June 26-27 and hosted by the Nevada Governor's Office of Economic Development, the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance, and the Nevada System of Higher Education, aims to put in the place the architecture Nevada needs for a thriving drone economy. Representatives of industry, government, and education will meet to figure out degree programs, certification plans, and the bureaucratic nuts and bolts of a whole new industry.
This wouldn't be the first time a college undertook a drone degree program to prepare for the future. In 2010, the University of North Dakota started two four-year degree programs, one aimed at creating more drone pilots. The second wants to train drone development professionals, with an education heavy on sensor equipment, meteorology, and aviation-specific mechanical engineering. The North Dakota program requires candidates to already have a Commercial Pilot Certificate, which limits the pool of applicants. It's not known yet what shape Nevada's drone degree program will take, but expect them to be somewhat similar, at least at first.
Both North Dakota and Nevada are strong candidates for selection as one of six early Federal Aviation Association drone test sites, designed to flesh out the rules and procedures needed before drones are set to enter regular commercial air space in 2015. Degree programs, like that offered in North Dakota and possibly offered in Nevada, make the states attractive to industry. If drones become the $82 billion industry by 2025 that the drone lobby predicts, having an early edge on creating technically skilled young people in the field will be a tremendous boon.
It'd be nice if you made mention of the other university that has a drone program. Kansas State University: http://www.salina.k-state.edu/aviation/uas/
There's only two U.S. universities that offer drone programs and you neglected this one. I don't know why. As far as I can tell it doesn't require you to have a pilots license in order to get a degree.
Sorry had to give a shout out to my Alma Mater.
TheBlueRoseBand - You realized that University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Nevada, Reno are two separate universities. The populations of schools in 2012 are as follows:
And on a side note, I would expect a school like Embry Riddle University to dominate this field once they establish a program.
Chester - Yes I realize that they're two separate schools. If you look Further in the article North Dakota is mentioned as having established a drone degree program in 2010, that's also roughly when KSU's started theirs.
UNR and UNLV do not have established drone programs.
UND and KSU are they only two schools in the nation that I'm aware of with an established drone degree. (There could be more) I just find it ridiculous that KSU's program is overlooked in the article when there seems to be only two programs out there. One line about KSU would have been enough. There's been talk in the last few years about starting drone programs at schools in Alaska, Florida, and Arizona. But I don't know if they've come through on them or not.
I just wish K-State was mentioned as it was the 2nd school in the nation to offer such a program and a drone program is quite a rare thing in the country. It could have added substance to the article and made it an even more interesting read, because the programs are so rare you could do nice detailed articles on each one and what they offer. Like I said just hoping for a mention because we constantly get no respect. Oh, well. You can't always get what you want. Maybe Popsci can do an article about the NBAF once it's complete.
Since people are giving shout outs to their Alma Maters, Embry-Riddle's Daytona Beach campus offers a bachelors and a masters in UAS studies:
Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science: daytonabeach.erau.edu/degrees/undergraduate/unmanned-aircraft-systems-science/index.html
Master of Science in Unmanned & Autonomous Systems Engineering:
While it sounds like fun to pursue a university education focused on drone design, in reality the job market for drone engineers is quite limited. The total number of US jobs in all engineering disciplines of drone design (aero, structures, mechanical systems, avionics, software, etc.)is probably fewer than 1000. And there are probably fewer than 100 new positions available for engineering grads each year.
It would be better to focus on an engineering discipline related to medical devices or writing software. The market for biomedical engineers is consistent and always growing. The market for those proficient at writing software is huge and growing.
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