A major breakthrough occurred last week when the Federal Aviation Administration awarded a certification for United Parcel Service to being delivering medical packages via drone on medical campuses. It is a small, but very significant step in the advancement of drone technology, predicted for the past few years.
According to an article in the New York Times, the FAA is also considering six other applications from companies to begin commercial drone operations.
What does this mean for students?
The demand for drone operators and programmers will increase substantially in the years ahead. This will also continue the advancement of the entire autonomous system industry. Lewis University was a pioneer four years ago when we launched one of the first bachelor degree programs in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Despite a growing number of UAS majors, we cannot meet the current employer demand in this field, and need to grow enrollment to respond to the future requests we anticipate.
This is a great opportunity for a student who wants to combine a STEM field, with a less traditional work environment, and be part of a new age of technology.