Sinclair UAS Training Center and Elizabeth City State University Partner to Enhance UAS Training and Research
March 25, 2019
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) and the Sinclair College National UAS Training and
Certification Center have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance training and applied
research for UAS.
As part of their Memorandum of Understanding, ECSU and Sinclair will host a joint exercise in
June, bringing together their campuses through the use of Simlat’s UAS training software
housed within both institutions, as well as the Live, Virtual, Constructive (LVC) capabilities
that Simlat and Sinclair have developed over the past few years, to help enable the integration
of participants in Ohio and North Carolina.
The exercise will include live UAS and manned flights in Ohio, as well as virtual UAS operations
conducted from the Sinclair and ECSU campuses. Sinclair ground control vehicles will also be
deployed to conduct an emergency response scenario.
“The partnership, which was recently signed by leaders at the two institutions, brings
ECSU and Sinclair together for training and applied research in the area of UAS,”
Dr. Kuldeep Rawat, ECSU’s aviation program director and dean of the Area of Science,
Technology and Mathematics
“The partnership with Sinclair will begin an era of collaborative research focusing on
the unmanned traffic management of drones.”
Dr. Andrew Shepherd, executive director and chief scientist for
UAS at Sinclair
, adds, “the partnership between
Sinclair and ESCU comes at a great time with both institutions launching their own bachelor
degree programs in UAS in fall 2019 and the continued rapid advancement of UAS related
technologies, regulations, and applications.
“The partnership will enable the development of resources and capabilities for joint
education, training, and applied research and development opportunities to the benefit of
economic development and workforce development in Ohio, North Carolina, and the broader