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New UAS jobs pipeline is result of collaboration (University Newsletter 05/12/15

A new jobs pipeline program is the result of an innovative collaboration between UND and Sensurion Aerospace.


University of North Dakota, Sensurion Aerospace sign UAS Pipeline Program agreement at the 2015 Unmanned Systems Conference in Atlanta. Left to right: Bob Perrin (Sensurion), Brian Haynes (Sensurion), Dave Strohm (Sensurion), Capt. Joe Burns (Sensurion), Al Palmer (UND), Dan Johnson (Sensurion), and Mark Hastings (UND) [image courtesy of Sensurion Aerospace]

The Sensurion UAS (unmanned aircraft systems) Pipeline Program is designed to provide career-building opportunities for graduates of the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences.


“We are thrilled to have access to top graduates from the country’s pre-eminent aerospace training program,” said Sensurion CEO Joe Burns.  “Our goal is to train and develop employees, retain top talent and grow future leaders.”

In addition to providing UND graduates with employment opportunities at Sensurion, the Pipeline Program establishes a framework for broader collaborative efforts in the UAS arena.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our graduates, UND, and Sensurion–it is a win/win,” said Al Palmer, director, UND Center of Excellence for UAS Research, Education, and Training.

A joint working group comprising the Sensurion Aerospace Training Department and UND Aerospace will team up on future curriculum recommendations, stay abreast of regulatory issues, and partner on new education, training and internship programs.

“We are excited to be at the forefront of the burgeoning field of unmanned aircraft systems,” said Mark Hastings, UND’s chief UAS pilot.

Minneapolis-based Sensurion earlier this year awarded a training scholarship to UND UAS student Kristopher Chachula.

About UND Aerospace
The John D. Odegard School Of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota is a world-renowned center for aerospace learning, nationally acclaimed for our achievements in collegiate aviation education, atmospheric research, space studies, and computer science applications. With over 500 faculty and staff members, over 1,500 students from around the world, and myriad programs and projects, the John D. Odegard School Of Aerospace Sciences is setting the pace for the future of flight.

About Sensurion Aerospace
Minnesota-based Sensurion Aerospace specializes in UAS technologies and developed and manufactures one of the first FAA certified small UAS aircraft, the MAGPIE MP-1. The company employs a team of engineers, certification experts, pilots and business professionals to develop innovative UAS systems and work closely with customers to integrate specialized payloads for a wide variety of Unmanned Aircraft missions.