ULM works to meet demand for drone technology professionals

An agreement between the University of Louisiana Monroe and the Federal Aviation Administration commits the university to develop students skilled enough in drone technology to be ready for the workforce upon graduation. 

ULM is one of fewer than 100 two- and four-year institutions to join the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Collegiate Training Initiative, a collaborative effort begun earlier this year by the FAA. ULM officials signed an official memorandum of agreement in October. 

The initiative, according to the FAA, is designed to ensure that new technology is safely incorporated into the National Airspace System and that qualified professionals are in the pipeline to satisfy the demand of the rapidly growing industry. 

The FAA created the program under a congressional mandate. 

“The FAA is serving as a kind of intermediary for schools that offer this kind of program to get together,” said Paul Karlowitz, associate professor of aviation. 

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