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Fly your own drones! Race miniature quadcopters at Vaughn College

Elmhurst, NY (April 26, 2019)–Vaughn College is celebrating the fourth annual International Drone Day on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a variety of activities for all area drone enthusiasts. Attendees can fly their drones in the hangar; attend workshops on how to utilize Computer-Aided Design (CAD) to model simple parts and experiment designing their own quadcopter, gain exposure and an introduction to the programming language Python on Linux, see the Tiny Whoop Race of miniature quadcopters through First Person View, and enjoy the DJI-USA exhibition/sale of drones. Loretta Alkalay, Esq. Legal Advisor for FAA (ret): will lead a discussion Drone Certification prior to a guest panel discussion.

Drone fans are invited to Bring Their Own Drones to fly in the hangar on the Queens campus.The guest panel features drone experts in various fields, including aviation, construction, criminal justice and transportation.

Panelists include:

  • Scott Harrigan, President, Chief Pilot, Harkin Aerial in Oyster Bay, NY who will talk about using drones for photogrammetry and volumetrics at construction sites. He will also discuss a recent test with an upstate city to inspect for water leaks in reservoirs using drones.
  • Edward Kostakis, Senior Pilot at DJI and Co-Founder of Xizmo: Commercial and Career Applications of Drones, who will examine the use of drones in Search and Rescue Operations.
  • Jes Chosid, Chief Executive Officer, Reign Maker, will discuss her work with NYC doing bridge inspections and Ground Zero retaining wall inspections. Her company recently received a patent for a drone system to sample water for the Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • Elena Buenrostro,  founder of Women Who Drone and drone cinematographer. 

The public is welcome to attend the event at Vaughn College: 86-01 23rd Avenue in East Elmhurst, NY, 11369.  Registration begins at 9 a.m.

VAUGHN COLLEGE: Founded in 1932, Vaughn College is a private, nonprofit, four-year college that enrolls more than 1,500 students in master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs in engineering, technology, management and aviation on its main campus in New York City and online. The student-faculty ratio of 15 to 1 ensures a highly personalized learning environment. Ninety-six percent of Vaughn College graduates, eighty percent in their field of study, are employed or choose to continue their education within one year of graduation. They work in 20 countries and all 50 states. The institution serves many first-generation college students and is recognized by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. For more information on Vaughn College, please visitwww.vaughn.edu.

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