Drone flying in the air

by Dr. Richard Kralevich (@rickkralevich)
Associate Vice President for Information and Instructional Technology
Delaware Technical Community College

A week or so ago, I had the opportunity to work with and learn from the very innovative (and very smart) people from Ryan Media Labs and Realbotics.

To be perfectly honest, I really don’t know much about drones.  To be brutally honest, most of what I do know about drones I learned from the Terminator movies.  (Author’s note: I’m not really sure if that is something I should be admitting to… hmmm.  Oh well – it is what it is!)

Anyway, I wanted to share a few of my personal thought regarding the College’s recent Drones for Delaware event.  So, here goes.

An Exercise in Creation, Cooperation, and Collaboration

My first thought really doesn’t have anything to do with drones.  It’s really more about Delaware Tech – more specifically, the people at Delaware Tech.  It never ceases to amaze me how the people of Delaware Tech come together.  We create, we collaborate, and we cooperate – an in the end we do amazing things.  It’s truly humbling to be a part of!

Drones (or should I call them flying robots?)

One thing I did learn from the event – drones are cool. And, when coupled with other state of the art technologies, the list of valuable applications for drones seems endless.  During  Drones for Delaware, I had a chance meet Jordan Bates (aviator, UAS pilot and expert, former NASA research consultant and develop lead, and adjunct instructor of aviation at Mountain Empire Community College, Wise, Virginia).  As you can imagine, I had a ton of questions about the devices.  Jordan was kind enough to show me, up close and personal, how the device is constructed.  Here, take a look:

What it takes to be a Thought Leader

I don’t think any of us are truly sure where drone technology is going to take us.  Will it be an industry that produces and sustains jobs? Or, like the flat screen on your living room wall, will they be simply consumable, throw away technologies.

Will drones stimulate Delaware’s economy – or will they simply be another (in a long line) of tools and technologies that make future workers obsolete?

At this point, the jury is still out.

Here is what I do know.  These are all tough questions.  But the only real way we will start to get to the bottom of them is to listen, learn, and explore.  I’m proud that Delaware Tech is serving as a thought leader in this regard.  It’s exciting to be part of an institution that showcases ideas, is open to all view points, and helps our communities to learn, understand, and evaluate what’s next.  It’s an exciting time to be part of a thought leading institution. It’s an exciting time to be at Delaware Tech.

Hear Delaware Tech President Dr. Mark Brainard’s remarks on the event and see some more shots of drones in action here:

    One comment

  1. Justina Sapna4 years ago

    Thank you, Rick, for your excellent comments! I am also proud of the College’s role in being a thought leader in this space. As you said, everyone came together in the most collaborative way to put on this exciting event. The teamwork continues as our Delaware Tech UAS Task Force is working hard to imagine the possibilities for us in the UAS arena, lay the groundwork for the future, and strategically plan to deliver on training opportunities. Stay tuned…..

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