June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Diversity and NSF Grantees Poster Session
The Research Experience for Undergraduates in UAV Technologies project is funded by the NSF’s EEC Program. The main goal of this project is to increase undergraduate students’ participation and interest in research on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) technologies. Undergraduate students from 2- and 4-year institutions are involved in a multidisciplinary research projects at the authors’ institution. The REU site supports 10 students for 10 weeks of summer research per year, with the projects focusing on research on the Dynamics and Control of UAVs, Obstacle & Collision Avoidance System for UAVs, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, and Flight Test experience. Another goal is to attract students from community colleges to STEM programs at 4-year institutions and encourage the participants to pursue their studies for graduate degrees.
This paper will discuss the assessment of the program and lessons learned after the second year of the program. The REU site has been successful in meeting its goals and objectives. Most of the participants are now pursuing their educational or professional career in the area of UAVs and other related areas. The program has also been successful in motivating the participants to graduate degrees in STEM. Some of the participants are already pursuing their studies for a Master’s degree or are planning to apply to Master’s/PhD programs. Most of the community college students have transferred to 4-year institutions for degrees in engineering. Also, all the participants have presented their work at student and/or professional conferences. This has helped the participants improve their written and oral communication skills. The paper will show the results of the assessment of the program.
Bhandari, S., & Raheja, A., & Tang, F., & Aliyazicioglu, Z., & DeJonghe, E. (2019, June), Board 16: REU Site in UAV Technologies: Assessment of the Program after the Second Year Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32279
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