The University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington) says that starting in the fall, it will be offering a new, graduate-level unmanned vehicle systems certification in order to meet a growing need for engineers in the quickly emerging field.
The program expands upon the university's April announcement that it will be offering an undergraduate certification in unmanned vehicle systems.
Both programs are a collaboration between the College of Engineering and the UT Arlington Research Institute, which won Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval early this year for unmanned aerial systems (UAS) test flights at the institute’s Fort Worth campus.
Khosrow Behbehani, an engineering dean, says the certificate will help meet the industry demand for educated employees in the areas of unmanned air, ground and water vehicles. “There is growing use of unmanned vehicle systems in the consumer delivery, photography, medical, security and transportation sectors,” Behbehani explains. “What we teach now in these new certification programs will help these sectors continue to develop.”
The graduate-level certification calls upon expertise from four different departments in the College of Engineering: electrical, computer science, mechanical and aerospace, and industrial manufacturing and systems. It will focus on the design and building of unmanned vehicle systems.
The certification curriculum requires six hours of common coursework and nine hours chosen from a portfolio identified in each program, depending on the student’s focus area.
The UT Arlington Research Institute is part of a Texas team named by the FAA as one of six major test sites for UAS.