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"Drones are here! How to use unmanned Aerial Systems for Environmental and Sustainability Applications

Kevin Adkins, PhD

Dr. Kevin Adkins holds bachelor (UM), master (UM), and doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering. He is presently an Assistant Professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. Professor Adkins’ interests include unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and their applications, boundary layer and aviation meteorology, and aircraft flight-test. Dr. Adkins’ present research involves using UAS and numerical methods to analyze changes to near-surface meteorology within wind turbine array boundary layers and on-farm research investigating how UAS are best integrated into crop management practices.


Dr. Adkins participated in the initial development of Embry-Riddle’s UAS curriculum and presently serves as a subject matter expert for the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), the world’s leading provider of UAS safety education and training services to industry and academic institutions, and co-authored their textbook, Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Safety. Professor Adkins helped spearhead the University’s first FAA Section 333 exemption in support of academic research and now conducts research as a FAA certificated Part 107 remote pilot.


Prior to coming to Embry-Riddle, Kevin spent time as an officer and pilot in the United States Air Force and spent over a decade in engineering industry. While in industry, Kevin served as both an aircraft design and lead flight-test engineer. In addition to this, Professor Adkins has worked with NASA on the X-38 CRV and is an active pilot.

Coffee and snacks to be served!

This lecture is part of “Informatics Days” - for full details and to RSVP visit https://goo.gl/PtDrCn
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When and Where

Map Dana Natural Resources Building - 3556

November 2017

3:00pm - 4:30pm

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