The University of Toronto is receiving C$1.65 million from the Canadian government to develop – in collaboration with Canadian aerospace companies – a training program to prepare graduate students for jobs in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology sector.
Through a program developed by Dr. Hugh Liu and his team at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, the graduates will learn about the design, development and operation of UAV platforms and their civilian applications.
The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), joined by Mark Adler, Member of Parliament for York Centre, announced a total investment of $28 million in job-related training for science and engineering graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.
The funding comes from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) through its Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) initiative.
The NSERC CREATE program is designed to add professional skills training to the qualifications and technical skills of Canadian researchers to better prepare them for careers in industry, government or academia. A total of 17 research teams with members at 28 universities will be funded during this round.
‘This is a very a significant NSERC CREATE award, as it is geared toward developing practical research and business development skills in the most vibrant of aerospace sectors, unmanned aerial vehicles,” says Paul Gilbert, CEO of Quanser Inc. “Hopefully, it will propel Canada to a leading global position in the use of UAVs for a wide range of applications that really do benefit our society, such as improved agricultural processes, highly integrated search and rescue, and natural resource monitoring.’