Nevada looks at 'drones' for economic development and natural resource efforts

User Rating: 0 / 5

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive
 

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offers statewide workshop Nov. 18Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), or drones, may be relatively small, but could have a big impact on Nevada’s economy and natural resources, especially when  the necessary pieces and experts come together to do the work and research. To that end, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the University’s Center for Economic Development at the College of Business, is holding a public workshop on unmanned aerial systems, with a focus on how communities in Nevada can become involved with this economic initiative.

The workshop will be broadcast 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Nov. 18 from Cooperative Extension’s Lifelong Learning Center in Las Vegas via videoconference to 16 locations in Nevada, including the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The workshop has three parts. Morning presentations will be about efforts to bring the unmanned aerial systems industry to Nevada, a lunch panel will introduce representatives from the Nevada System of Higher Education who are involved in UAS research and instructional efforts, and an afternoon session will focus on applications and economic incentives.  The lunch panel, convened by Steve Hill, director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and Mark Walker, dean of University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, will introduce faculty involved in UAS program development from the Nevada System of Higher Education. The panel members will discuss potential applications for unmanned aerial systems, such as natural resource surveying, mapping and management. Panel members include:Lynn Fenstemaker, associate research professor of biology at the Desert Research Institute; Kam Leang, associate professor of mechanical engineering in the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Engineering; and Rama Venkat, dean of the College of Engineering at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

“The Governor’s Office is excited about this aspect of the state’s economic development,” said Fred Steinmann, Eureka County Extension educator, who put together the workshop. “The Governor’s Office partnered with Cooperative Extension to help reach Nevada’s communities, knowing our connection with the state’s counties and our work in community development. Engaging and enhancing Nevada’s communities and businesses is what we’re about, so it’s a great fit. Along with our colleagues in Engineering, Science, Agriculture and Business, we’re really excited about the potential we think this new industry holds for Nevada communities.” The cost of the workshop is $25. It will be held at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Lifelong Learning Center, 8050 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, and via videoconference:On the University of Nevada, Reno campus in the National Judicial College, Room 116.

At the Washoe County Cooperative Extension Office, 4955 Energy Way, Reno.

At Cooperative Extension offices in Carson City, Minden, Fallon, Elko, Ely, Eureka, Hawthorne, Winnemucca, Yerington, Tonopah, Logandale, Caliente and Pahrump. See www.unce.unr.edu for office locations.

At Battle Mountain General Hospital in Battle Mountain, 535 S. Humboldt St.

For more information or to register, contact Steinmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 775-784-1931.

# # #

Editor’s Note: Media are welcome to attend the workshop. For southern Nevada, please contact Marilyn Ming at University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 702-257-5516. if you plan to attend and give the location where you plan to attend.University of Nevada Cooperative Extension is the outreach college that extends knowledge from the University of Nevada, Reno and other land-grant universities to local communities to address critical needs. It is a federal-state-county partnership providing practical education Nevadans can trust to help people, businesses and communities solve problems, develop skills and build a better future. For more information, visit www.unce.unr.edu.  Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s land-grant university, the University of Nevada, Reno ranks in the top tier of best national universities. With nearly 19,000 students, the University is driven to contribute a culture of student success, world-improving research and outreach that enhances communities and business. Part of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the University has the system’s largest research program and is home to the state’s medical school. With outreach and education programs in all Nevada counties and home to one of the largest study-abroad consortiums, the University extends across the state and around the world. For more information, visit www.unr.edu. Contact: Marilyn Ming

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist
University of Nevada Cooperative This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
702-257-5516
www.unce.unr.edu