University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

UND, Lake Region State College to sign agreement on UAS collaboration

Pact underscores region's leadership in global growth industry

UND President Robert Kelley

UND President Robert Kelley

In  a move that will boost the region's global leadership in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), UND and Lake Region State College (LRSC) will sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) Friday that joins the two schools’ efforts in UAS education and training. LRSC is located in Devils Lake. This agreement underscores the broader cooperation across multiple disciplines at both institutions.

The signing takes place at 2:30 p.m., Friday, May 3, in 404 Twamley Hall.

President Robert Kelley and LRSC President Doug Darling will sign the MOA, a document that will underpin their institutional partnership in the preparation of UAS pilots, sensor operators, and the technicians essential to the continuing operation of the unmanned aircraft and their complex support systems.

“We are thrilled to work with the University of North Dakota’s UAS center on this initiative,” said LRSC President Doug Darling.

LRSC specifically aims to develop its Law Enforcement Training Program in UAS, part of the Peace Officer Training Program, which has had a huge impact on law enforcement in North Dakota. Since 1987 Lake Region State College has graduated more than 1,200 students from the Peace Officer Training program with a 100 percent employment rate for those graduates that actively sought employment as police officers or deputy sheriffs in the State of North Dakota. Graduates have been hired by 116 different law enforcement agencies. The college’s Dakota Precision Ag Center also is developing UAS applications in its precision ag program.

LRSC President Doug Darling

LRSC President Doug Darling

Under the agreement, LRSC will become affiliated with UND's Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research, Education and Training (UAS Center), which offers the Bachelor of Science degree in UAS operations, training both pilots and sensor operators.

The collaboration between UND and LRSC in the fast-growing field of unmanned aircraft systems will bring great ongoing benefit to both institutions and to the region.  Each institution brings complementary areas of excellence to the partnership. With this agreement, the spirit of collaboration will help both institutions enhance their reputation as a nexus of UAS activity worldwide.

-- Juan Miguel Pedraza, writer/editor, national media relations coordinator, University and Public Affairs, 777.6571, juan.pedraza@UND.edu.


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