Ratan Jha – Raspet Flight Research Laboratory
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Raspet Flight Research Laboratory
Focus areas / Scope of activities:
The UAS Working Group (UASWG) aims to promote collaborative discussions and research on matters concerning unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In addition, the UASWG works on establishing and promoting unmanned systems engineering education at MSU.
Calendar of events and announcement of upcoming activity / meeting
Next UASWG meeting will be held Dec 11, 2013 (11:30-1:00 PM with lunch provided; Location TBD).
List of major accomplishments
The UASWG members have served as instructors for the first engineering UAS course in BCOE (ASE4990/6990). Although the class has an ASE course code, it is open to any undergraduate and graduate student in BCoE. The class has 12 undergraduate and nine graduate students (19 ASE and 2 ECE students). The UASWG is seeking to have individuals from the UAS industry to speak to the working group and to the student body. These speakers are invaluable in conveying the current and future engineering needs in the unmanned systems.
Join our group
The UASWG invites MSU faculty/staff to join and contribute to the mission of the working group. UASWG was instrumental in helping to form the first engineering UAS course in BCoE. Members of the UASWG were key writers to the proposal for the State of Mississippi’s bid for one of the six FAA Unmanned Aircraft Test Sites. In addition, members of the UASWG have contributed to MSU’s efforts to host the FAA Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Members with research interests in any aspect of UAS design (airworthiness, sense & avoid, data link security, ground control station) and UAS applications (precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, etc.) are welcome to join the working group.
Contact information for the group leader
Ratneshwar (Ratan) Jha, PhD
Director, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory
Bagley College of Engineering, Mississippi State University
114 Airport Road, Starkville, MS 39759