Missouri’s First Drone Program

Missouri's First Drone Program

When Southeast launched its bachelor’s degree in unmanned aircraft systems in 2016, not only was it the first such program in Missouri, but it also established the University as a leader for the demand anticipated for graduates skilled in this next-generation technology.

Southeast’s program is intended to train students to take advantage of existing products and resources to adapt a drone to meet specific needs. Courses in the new program will be available in the basics of programming, electrical control systems, and mechanical systems, in addition to drone-specific courses in flight, drone design, sensing systems, mission planning, regulations, and safety.

Beyond the program, the University has hosted an AgTech workshop series in the Bootheel, offered Small UAS Part 107 test prep training, and partnered with Cape Central High School to host SEMO Days, focusing on jobs in STEM fields launching with a presentation on unmanned aerial vehicles.

Earlier this year, Southeast formed a partnership on aerospace and related technologies, including unmanned aerial/aircraft systems initiatives in the areas of education, workforce training and development, and applied research, with Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, recognized as a leading educational institution in unmanned aerial/aircraft systems.


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