University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

Studio One features aircraft development and techniques in negotiating

UND and NASA are teaming up to change the landscape of the sky. Mark Askelson, an associate atmospheric science professor at UND, is leading a project known as Limited Deployment-Cooperative Airspace Project, a collaborative effort by NASA and others, to develop the unmanned aircraft, Cirrus SR-22. There are challenges to flying an aircraft without a pilot in the cockpit. This new research will help the unmanned aircraft to sense when the craft is near other objects in the atmosphere. Askelson and his team have launched several flight tests to ensure the quality and safety of this system. “We had a phenomenal two weeks of testing,” said Askelson. “We got more data than we originally planned and everything ran really smoothly.” Learn about how this research could improve unmanned aircraft technology.

Also, negotiating skills can be difficult to master. Director of the UND Conflict Resolution Center, Kristine Paranica, talks about how to polish this skill. For some, there is still controversy about whether women are at a disadvantage in the professional world. “I decided to offer a class and had about a dozen women who had an interest in [proving] their ability to negotiate with people,” said Paranica. “This is good to know, especially when negotiations get tense.” Paranica uses her experience as an attorney to teach different techniques. Acquiring this skill can help women advance in the workforce.

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