University of Texas at Arlington announces a new unmanned vehicle systems
undergraduate certificate for students interested in careers in one of the
nation’s most exciting engineering fields.
A student works on the quad-rotor unmanned aerial system at the UT Arlington Research Institute.
program is a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the UT
Arlington Research Institute, which received Federal Aviation Administration
approval early this year for unmanned aircraft system test flights at the
Institute’s Fort Worth campus.
Dean Khosrow Behbehani said the certificate will help meet business demand for
highly-educated employees in the rapidly developing field of unmanned ground,
air and water systems. The certificate will be available to degree-seeking students
beginning in fall 2014.
faculty members and student teams already are designing these systems, building
them and programming them to perform tasks to aid humankind,” Behbehani said.
“Whether these systems are used for aerial photography, security,
transportation, product delivery or outer space exploration, unmanned vehicle
systems will be integral to the future of engineering.”
industry study by the Teal Group found that annual unmanned aerial vehicles
spending would more than double during the next decade to reach about
$11.6 billion. The industry, the report said, would generate more than $89
billion in spending over the next decade.
UT Arlington Research Institute is excited to play a role in the unmanned
vehicle systems certification program,” said retired Army Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch,
executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute. “UT Arlington
students will have a unique opportunity to explore the real world applications
of unmanned vehicle systems through UTARI’s research and development, product
development and testing capabilities. That experience will give students a
distinct advantage in an incredibly dynamic and growing industry.”
said four Engineering departments – electrical, computer science, industrial
manufacturing systems, and mechanical and aerospace – will collaborate to deliver
courses required for the 15-hour certification.
University is developing other graduate-level unmanned systems programs and is expected
to launch those in the coming months. For more information about the undergraduate
unmanned vehicle systems certificate, please contact Pranesh Aswath, associate
dean for graduate affairs in the College of Engineering, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 817-272-0308.
About UT Arlington
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution and
the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The
Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh
fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News &
World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate
diversity. Visit www.uta.edu to
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