Oklahoma State University launches UAS research organization

By Ann Bailey | December 10, 2015

Oklahoma State University has formed a research organization aimed at developing UAS technology.

The university’s Unmanned System’s Research Institute first will be located in the Richmond Hills Research Complex. The OSU Research Foundation eventually will be part of the institute at the UAS Development Center in the university’s research park in Stillwater,according to an Oklahoma State University news release.

The USRI focus will be to bring technologies developed through the institute into commercial production.

“The Unmanned Systems Institute will accelerate innovation and foster fundamental and applied research across a broad spectrum of activities,” Jamey Jacob, OSU professor of mechanical and space engineering and UAS Research Institute director said in the news release. The institute will bring together interdisciplinary researchers from across the campus and state to advance unmanned systems and education, he said.

Unmanned research is one of OSU’s interdisciplinary strengths and establishing the institute will provide the infrastructure to expand its impact, said Kenneth Sewell, OSU vice president for research.

The Unmanned Systems Research Institute is the result of Oklahoma State University having research talent, facilities and funding in place. Recent large grants, including $6 million from the National Science Foundation to develop aircraft systems to improve meteorological research and weather forecasting in partnership with the university has highlighted the need for an interdisciplinary research organization, the OSU news release said.

“With the rising prominence of OSU researchers and testing of unmanned systems it only makes sense to establish a research institute to focus on the unveristy’s talents and resources,” said Burns Hargis, OSU president.