MTSU Aerospace Introduces Unmanned Aircraft Concentration

Aubrey Bloom conducts UAS inspection (Submitted/MTSU Sidelines)
Aubrey Bloom conducts UAS inspection (Submitted/MTSU Sidelines)

Students can now major in building and operating drones as an approved degree within the Aerospace program at MTSU.

The “unmanned aircraft systems operations” concentration has officially been confirmed as a part of the program by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The TBR confirmed the drone operation major for coursework for this semester.

The major will allow students enrolled to learn building and modification of unmanned aircraft for a variety of uses. Doug Campbell, UAS Operations program manager, told MTSU News this concentration will allow students who graduate with this degree to operate in a different industries, including public safety, agriculture, disaster response and management, defense and many others.

“We are elated to add another concentration to our curriculum,” aerospace Chairman Ron Ferrara said in a news release. “Unmanned aircraft are a major part of the future of aviation. We strive to stay on the cutting edge of technology and safety in our programs. This significant shift in the aviation industry will have profound positive effects and we are paving the way for students to enter this lucrative career field.”

The UAS concentration at MTSU is the first of its kind in the state and will teach students to fly both manned and unmanned aircraft.

“Students will garner from the expertise of faculty members around the university, such as computer science and engineering technology, and the input from many departments was crucial to create a strong degree program,” Campbell said in the release.

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