Dayton, Ohio-based Sinclair Community College and Columbus-based The Ohio State University College of Engineering have formed a strategic partnership that will focus on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and data analytics.
Through the partnership, Ohio State and Sinclair will develop pathways from existing Sinclair UAS certificate and future UAS associate degree programs to data analytics and geospatial precision agriculture programs.
Additionally, Ohio State students will have the opportunity to take general education courses through Ohio State and, after completing UAS technical courses at Sinclair, earn a UAS certificate or degree through Sinclair.
Sinclair recently received $4 million in state funding to renovate and expand its physical location on the Dayton campus to support the mission of the National Center for UAS Training and Education.
“Ohio State’s unmanned aircraft and data analytics expertise complements the strengths of Sinclair and the Dayton region in this important emerging industry,” says David B. Williams, dean of Ohio State’s College of Engineering. “Our teaching, research and workforce development collaboration should serve as a model for our fellow institutions throughout the state.”
The two institutions will also seek to expand upon existing UAS resources in airspace and unmanned aerial vehicles and will, in the future, seek a Federal Aviation Administration Certificate of Approval to fly over the Don Scott Airport and the Molly Caren Agricultural Facility to provide new and innovative precision agriculture programming.