Improving Pathways into the Geospatial and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technician Workforce (GeoTEd-UAS)

 

Improving Pathways into the Geospatial and Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technician Workforce (GeoTEd-UAS) is supported by a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (NSF-ATE) (NSF #2000715) grant to develop and implement academic courses and pathways to prepare the geospatial technology and small UAS operations technician (sUAS-OT) workforce.

 

The mission of the GeoTEd-UAS project is to build community college and educator capacity to prepare the geospatial technology and sUAS-OT workforce by integrating workforce-aligned curriculum, faculty professional development, faculty and student service learning projects, and student internships and other real-world experiences.

 

The GeoTEd-UAS project has three major components:

  1. Develop employer-aligned geospatial technology and sUAS courses and pathways at Germanna Community College, emphasizing the integration of student service-learning projects and internships.
  2. Educate and actively mentor community college faculty and educators to build leadership, knowledge, and ability to offer geospatial technology and sUAS content, courses, and student service-learning experiences.
  3. Increase the number and diversity of participants in the geospatial technology and sUAS-OT workforce pipeline.

GeoTEd-UAS Team

VSGC

PI: Chris Carter
Deputy Director, Virginia Space Grant Consortium
Ph: 757-766-5210, cxcarter@odu.edu

Co-I: Dr. John McGee
Associate Professor and Virginia Geospatial Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech

Co-I: David Webb
Retired Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, GeoTEd-UAS Consultant

TNCC

Co-I: Chérie Aukland
Associate Professor and Program Head of GIS, Thomas Nelson Community College, and GeoTEd-UAS Consultant

Co-I: Dr. Shawn Shields Lyons
Professor of Chemistry and GIS, Germanna Community College

Sr. Personnel: Daniel Cross
UAS/GIS Operator, Virginia Tech

VSGC

Sr. Personnel: Scott Bellows, Ph.D.
Technical Programs Coordinator, Virginia Space Grant Consortium

Magnolia Consulting

External Evaluator: Beth Peery
Lead Research Assistant, Magnolia Consulting