GeoTEd-UAS Faculty Institute.

Faculty Institute

The GeoTEd-UAS Faculty Institute was hosted by Virginia Tech on May 20 – May 25, 2018. The Cohort of 20 faculty returned for a second year of UAS training. Attendees developed skills and knowledge in operating small UAS and learned how to analyze data to make decisions. Led by the GeoTEd-UAS team, the Institute is a unique experience for faculty where they gain extensive hands-on experience in flying manual and autonomous missions to support real-world projects. Click here for the Institute agenda.

What: GeoTEd-UAS Institute Professional Development Cohort

Who: Community College / 2-Year College Faculty (full-time faculty only)

Topic:  Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Operations Technician Training

When:  May 20-25, 2018

Where:  Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Workshop Prerequisite: Participants must have obtained their FAA Part 107 Airman’s Certificate prior to attending the Institute.


What is GeoTEd-UAS?
Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) represents a new data collection tool, that can add tremendous value to industry and decision making. Many existing employment sectors have an immediate need for Operations Technicians to take advantage of UAS operations capabilities.

This professional development opportunity is designed to provide training for community college faculty in the operation of UAS.  After attending the GeoTEd-UAS Institute, faculty will be better qualified to serve as UAS instructors, to integrate sUAS within their existing  discipline / curriculum, and to provide the trained technicians needed to meet employer demand.


If you have any questions about the GeoTEd-UAS faculty workshop, please feel free to contact David Webb (davidewebb@outlook.com ), Cherie Aukland (TNCC |auklandc@tncc.edu), Fred Coeburn (MECC  |  fcoeburn@mecc.edu), Chris Carter (VSGC | cxcarter@odu.edu), or John McGee (VT | jmcg@vt.edu).