With a growing state and national reputation bolstered by increased research funding, Oklahoma State University (OSU) says it has created a research organization focusing specifically on the development of unmanned systems technologies.
The Unmanned Systems Research Institute (USRI) will bring together multidisciplinary partners from across OSU’s campuses to collaborate on the design, testing, evaluation and application of unmanned systems. The institute will be initially housed at OSU’s Richmond Hills Research Complex on the north side of Stillwater.
The OSU Research Foundation plans to establish an unmanned systems development center as part of the institute. This center, to be based at the OSU Research Park in Stillwater, will be devoted to commercializing technologies developed through the institute. Jamey Jacob, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the university, has been named director of the USRI.
OSU says recent large grants, including this year’s $6 million National Science Foundation award to develop unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to improve meteorology research and weather forecasting in partnership with the University of Oklahoma, have highlighted OSU’s prominence and the need for an interdisciplinary research organization.
“The Unmanned Systems Research Institute will accelerate innovation and foster fundamental and applied research across a broad spectrum of activities,” says Jacob. “The institute will be a transformational integrative force by bringing together interdisciplinary researchers across OSU and Oklahoma to advance unmanned systems research and education.”