Sinclair Community College has named a new director for its Unmanned Aerial Systems programs.
The school’s workforce development division has named Andrew Shepherd as program director for Unmanned Aerials Systems, or UAS.
The UAS industry — currently a $3 billion industry — is expected to skyrocket to $90 billion by 2020, and the Dayton region is taking steps to become a UAS hub. Among its initiatives, the region has applied to the Federal Aviation Administration to be designated as one of six test sites nationally for the aircraft.
The uses for UAS extend far beyond military applications and include agricultural monitoring and assisting emergency responders.
Shepherd previously worked as collegiate and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs manager at Dayton-based Riverside Research. He has assisted Sinclair with setting up its UAS program and is an instructor in the school’s aviation and electrical engineering technology departments.