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Drones Take Flight

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 3, 2016) — On Tuesday, the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) hosted an afternoon of activities to address the opportunities — and also the challenges — that come with the use of unmanned vehicles and devices.

Events included a viewing of the film “Eye in the Sky” and a panel discussion with industry and academic experts. During the day, the University signed a dual admissions agreement with Mohawk Valley Community College, which will have MVCC students achieving credits for courses matching CEHC's curriculum, thereby receiving full transfer credit to UAlbany. Among the qualifying MVCC degree offerings are ones in Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), cybersecurity and emergency preparedness. 

Of course, the dramatic highlight of the day were outdoor and indoor (in the Performing Arts Center) demonstrations of drones in flight. The outdoor demonstration was given by Bill Judycki professor in MVCC's sUAS program. The indoor navigation demo was manned by Jim Blanchard, managing director and chief scientist at Aquillas Holdings Ltd.

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