Embry-Riddle, the world’s leading aeronautical university, has partnered with French drone manufacturer Parrot in a new academic partnership. The partnership will promote curriculum development, the distribution of cutting edge drone research, and real-world commercial drone applications.
Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide program already includes a robust UAV program: including ground school to prepare for Part 107 licensing; risk management materials; and safety and operational coursework. Parrot will collaborate with Embry-Riddle Worldwide faculty to support drone research, platform development, education and recruitment efforts. The partnership “enhances career prospects for graduating students as they leave the classroom,” says a press release.
Embry-Riddle will provide Parrot access to its facilities, research programs, and professional development opportunities. Eligible Parrot employees may receive access to Embry-Riddle’s programs.
“Increased commercial demand for data from autonomous vehicles requires that we train a new generation of experts to collect this information safely and accurately with a wide range of platforms and sensors. We also need to teach best practices on how to efficiently manage the processing, storage and analysis of this data over time,” said John Cherbini, Director of Enterprise Business Development for Parrot. “Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s global presence and expertise in aeronautical education was a clear fit for the portfolio of Parrot hardware and software solutions. We are excited by the opportunity to help raise the next generation of commercial sUAS pilots.”
“Working with an innovative consumer sUAS manufacturer such as Parrot will enable Embry-Riddle Worldwide to provide our students with unparalleled access to the latest generation of technology, processes and tools. In turn, our students will build and refine the knowledge, skills and abilities essential to ensuring safe, effective and responsible operation in our nation’s shared airspace system,” said Dr. Brent Terwilliger, Program Chair of the Master of Unmanned Systems degree, UAS Discipline Chair and full-time Assistant Professor of Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle.
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