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Defense Acquisition University
T&E Students Get Up Close to Unmanned Systems
Written by: DAU Mid-Atlantic
March 11, 2019
Dr. Michael Flynn from our Mid-Atlantic campus recently initiated a professional relationship with the University of Maryland (UMD) Center Of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) (
). His efforts align with emphasis from the USD Research & Engineering (R&E) and Deputy Director for Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E) regarding autonomous systems.
For the past year, students enrolled in
TST 303 – Advanced Test and Evaluation course
– at our California, Maryland, Mid-Atlantic campus had an opportunity to attend an on-site visit to the UMD Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Because the University of Maryland site is located within one mile of our campus, our students are able to experience the partnership between commercial and military applications of unmanned aerial system. This has been instrumental in students recognizing the influence of UAS and the cross pollination between research, commercialization and military applications.
This firsthand look provides students an understanding on how university research is supporting both commercial and DoD endeavors in meeting needs such as delivering medical supplies to remote locations, supporting forest fire analysis, countering UAS and many other applications. During the visits, students and UMD subject matter experts engage in a number of UAS-related topics, including rapid prototyping and testing early. Additionally, students are provided with examples of unmanned systems that transition from an underwater vehicle to a flying vehicle or Unmanned Aerial Systems that transition to ground vehicle—all using 3-D printing.
As UMD continues to expand their footprint at the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center to an 80,000 square-foot facility, our partnership with them will better enable our students and faculty to have easy access to the cutting edge technology they are exploring.
DAU students examine an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle during a visit to UMD facilities. Photo courtesy of Dr. Michael Flynn.