Texas Tech to Host Unmanned Aircraft Systems Workshop

The event will focus on future joint research and development efforts.

WHAT: An Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) workshop will be held to plan future research and development initiatives between Texas Tech University, Texas A&M University and Reese Technology Center.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to noon Monday (Oct. 26)

WHERE: Innovation Hub at Research Park, 3911 4th St.

EVENT: The workshop will focus on the universities' ongoing research efforts related to unmanned aircraft systems.

"This area of applied research is good for agribusiness and economic development in our region, and UAS platforms have great potential to provide additional services in rural health care," said workshop organizer Dr. Annette Sobel. "We have faculty with expertise and interest in research in this area. We also have partnerships with Reese Technology Center that promise to be a win-win for our region."

Presenters are:

  • Sobel, Texas Tech executive for critical infrastructure protections and health security initiatives;
  • Robert Duncan, Texas Tech senior vice president of research;
  • Luis Cifuentes, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (TAMUCC) vice president for research, commercialization and outreach;
  • Jerry Hendrix, director of the Lonestar UAS Center for Excellence;
  • Al Davis, deputy agency director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service;
  • Vickie Sutton, Horn professor in the Texas Tech School of Law;
  • Darrell Guthrie, legal counsel for Reese Technology Center;
  • David Weindorf, Texas Tech associate dean for research;
  • Ahmed Mahdy, TAMUCC associate professor and director of the innovations in computing research labs;
  • Helen Ren, assistant professor in the Texas Tech Department of Mechanical Engineering;
  • Mark Harral, CEO of Group NIRE;
  • Steve Presley, Texas Tech's biological threat research lab;
  • Ravi Vadapalli, adjunct professor and research scientist for the Texas Tech High Performance Computing Center;
  • Vincent Friedewald, CMO and COP Medical Technologies Inc.

CONTACT: Sally Logue Post, senior director for research and academic communications, Office of the Vice President for Research, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3905 or sally.post@ttu.edu