Faculty Member Part of First Place Presidents Cup Team
Dr. J.D. Carlson is a member of the first place Presidents Cup team, Interdisciplinary Synergies for Unmanned Aerial System Innovation & Advancement, receiving the Traveling Trophy and $5,000. The team’s project aimed to develop and preserve an interdisciplinary, comprehensive research, education and training program focused on unmanned aerial system technology. This collaborative group encourages and supports external research funding, research publications and the implementation of unmanned aerial system curriculum across multiple colleges. This would allow students from all majors and colleges to become future unmanned aerial system scholars and practitioners. The team members involved come from the Departments of Geography (CAS), Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (CEAT), Aviation and Space (COE) and Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (CASNR). With these various departmental faculty members comes distinctly different, yet similar perspectives to support and benefit the project’s design, implementation, operation and application of the unmanned aerial system technology. The team was able to secure external funding from the National Science Foundation, create curricular improvements for a graduate-level Unmanned Aerial System degree option in MAE and an undergraduate-level Unmanned Aerial System Pilot minor, while establishing the Unmanned Systems Research Institute to support team efforts.
Dr. Carlson is a BAE associate researcher whose focus is on applications of UAS to wildland fire, or fire meteorology, more specifically investigating the usefulness of small unmanned aerial systems for measuring wildland fire variables (fuels, fires) and for tactical wildfire suppression activities.