TROY launches unmanned aerial systems minor

Posted: Wednesday, 08 October 2014

TROY - Troy University became the first university in Alabama to offer a program in unmanned aerial systems when the new minor launched this fall.

The minor is part of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Resource Management and Technology and falls under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences' Department of Chemistry and Physics.

"Adding Unmanned Aerial Systems to our aviation minor is very timely, as Gov. Bentley has announced the formation of a UAS task force," said Dr. Jim Rinehart, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "It will provide students in various majors an appropriate minor option."

Aside from military implications, the commercial side of UAS operations is part of an $80 billion industry worldwide – and industry that is expected to create more than 100,000 new jobs in coming years. Unmanned aerial systems have application in agriculture, public safety, infrastructure, environmental and weather conditions, commercial goods delivery and other sectors.