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Please select the start dates for your courses below.

1
Drones and Autonomous Systems I: Fundamentals

Scheduled Start

2
Drones and Autonomous Systems 2: Applications in Emergency Management

Scheduled Start

What you will learn

  • Learn classifications of drones (UAVs) according to technology focus and use.
  • Gain an understanding of the commercial and research capabilities of drones including sensors, platforms, navigation, power source, propulsion, payloads, command, communication and control, range, altitude, speed, wide area surveillance.
  • Develop a crucial systems view of drones with hardware and software including data collection, storage, and analytical requirements, and systems life cycle with needs and purpose: assessment, goals/objectives, requirements, testing and training.
  • Compare US Federal government airspace policy and regulations with other nations.
  • Establish expertise in risk factors and counter technologies including cyber and physical threats to drone systems and the ethical use of drones.
  • Apply insights to forecasting, command and control, disaster relief operations, structural analysis, recovery, delivery of supplies, according to disaster types and hazard origin – natural, (storms, earthquakes, wildfires, etc.); etc.

Program Overview

If you want to be the specialist who can procure and use cutting-edge systems to help save lives and cut disaster losses, this Professional Certificate provides the foundational knowledge you need when working with autonomous vehicles as well as unmanned aircraft systems and real-time, line-of-sight aerial or underwater vehicles.

Taught by instructors with decades of experience in drone technology applications in combat and civilian operations, systems design, and emergency management planning, this Professional Certificate will equip analysts and operational associates with the technical and planning know-how for emergency planning.

Additionally, those who have interest in drones, be it casual or in-depth, can use this course to gain insight into the basic elements of commercial off the shelf drone systems that are used in civilian missions and to gain insight into artificial intelligence applications and the emergency management, first responder, homeland security, and intelligence fields.

Courses in this program

1
Drones and Autonomous Systems I: Fundamentals

Course Details
Learn the essentials you need in order to use cutting edge drone technology.

2
Drones and Autonomous Systems 2: Applications in Emergency Management

Course Details
Learn the latest applications of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in emergency management, public safety, and industry, as well as the potential risks UAS pose to safety and privacy.

Meet your instructors

Irmak Renda-Tanali, D.Sc.

Dr. Tanali has over 20 years of combined experience in research, consulting, and teaching in the fields of crisis, disaster, and risk management. Some of the major clients she provided consulting services include NASA, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and American Red Cross. She holds a Doctor of Science degree from The George Washington University’s Engineering Management and Systems Engineering Department. She also holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Finance.

Barry Douglass, Ph.D.

Dr. Douglass has over 40 years of experience in the engineering field, and over 25 years of that in academia. He began his career as an engineer for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and his academic career as an assistant professor of electrical engineering at Texas A&M University. He has held academic leadership positions at several institutions before joining the Graduate School at UMGC in March 2017. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer and Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Brian Powers, M.A.

Brian Powers is an associate professor and chair of the Intelligence Management Program at UMGC. Prior to joining UMGC, he served for 26 years in the United States Air Force as an intelligence officer serving in various operational and staff assignments at the Pentagon in the Air Staff, Joint Staff, and Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I); and three overseas Combatant Commands in the Europe, Middle East and Pacific regions. He has also worked 13 years in the private sector as an intelligence planner in strategy and policy at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency, and as a program director and educator. He holds a master’s degree in Business and Organizational Security from Webster University, a master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, a master’s degree in International Relations from Creighton University.
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Duration

3 months

Experience Level

Intermediate

Learning Partner

University System of Maryland