ULM debuts new four-year degree program all about drones
Posted on 8/8/2018 2:14:00 PM.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe has a new four-year degree program that is the first of its kind in the state.

It’s called Unmanned Aircraft Systems Management and it’s all about drones and their use in various industries. ULM Professor Dr. Paul Karlowitz.

“About four years ago the president of the university and some others in his cabinet came up with the idea. They suggested and we ran with it and it has really taken off.”

Karlowitz says he’s already getting contacted by companies looking to hire drone pilots and the use of drones can be applied to many different lines of work.

“Initially the FAA was projecting like 80 percent of drone usage would be in Ag but it turns out it is more like 20 percent. We are finding more, in reality, construction work, survey work, and inspections of all sorts.”

Karlowitz says he strongly believes the use of unmanned aerial vehicles is not a fad.

“The drones are here to say, there is no question in my mind. The stuff we bought four years ago is out of date. You buy something today it is hard to keep up because technology is evolving so quickly in the capability and the prices are coming down.”

He adds the first class for the upcoming semester is already full.

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