The Sinclair College National UAS Training and Certification Center has joined the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS), a designated Industry/University Cooperative Research Center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), as an industry member. Sinclair is the first community college in the nation and the first college in Ohio to join the organization.
The C-UAS, established in 2012 through the leadership of Brigham Young University and the University of Colorado Boulder, was formed to provide solutions to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) challenges and training for future careers in the industry. Since its founding, the organization has added Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and the University of Michigan to its roster of academic institutions.
"We are very pleased to join the C-UAS as an Industry Member, partnering with some of the true leaders and innovators who are working to advance UAS applications throughout the world," said Deb Norris, Senior Vice President for Sinclair's Workforce Development Division. "Partnerships have been an integral part of our UAS strategy at Sinclair and we look forward to building on these collaborations through the C-UAS."
Through the affiliation, Sinclair will be able to leverage the resources of the National UAS Training and Certification Center with multiple academic and industry organizations from around the country, advancing applied research and development efforts.
"C-UAS was organized to create a diverse collaborative of industry, stakeholder agency, and academic researchers working to develop solutions to the challenges facing the UAS community," said University of Colorado Boulder associate professor Dr. Eric Frew, who serves as site director for C-UAS. "Sinclair is a great addition to the expanding list of industry members for the Center, and we're looking forward to working with them on future projects."
In addition to the founding institutions, C-UAS is made up of industry members, including NASA, the Air Force Research Lab, BP, Northrop Grumman, and Boeing.
Sinclair College is recognized as a national leader in UAS, supported by world-class partnerships, cutting-edge technology, and custom training programs designed to drive the expansion of the UAS industry. Sinclair's curriculum focuses on real-world applications of emerging UAS and sensor technologies through classroom and online instruction, simulation and hands-on vehicle operations.