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#1 rc capo Feb 02, 2013 04:13 PM

Unmanned Vehicle University?
 
I just found out that you can get a degree in UAV's?

I found Unmanned Vehicle University, one among others.

So I'd figure I'd ask you guys...have you heard of it and is it legit?

I'm working now but...I am looking for a new challenge.

As a student pilot...been flying and building rc airplanes since 1990, and I work as a photographer for a local NBC news affiliate...I thought it would be a good next step.

Thanks

rc

#2 Lost In OC Feb 04, 2013 03:17 PM

I saw this as well. A lot of buzz going around regarding the legitimacy of the university whether it's accredited or not. Aparently the school is accredited through the state of Arizona and is currently seeking a more legit status the likes of which you'd typically get from a more conventional university. It seems like a step in the right direction but the value of any degree obtained may not hold much merit in the real world job market. I wouldn't mind an online doctorate for that price!

#3 aeroanalysis Feb 04, 2013 06:03 PM

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Originally Posted by rc capo (Post 24013582)
I just found out that you can get a degree in UAV's?

I found Unmanned Vehicle University, one among others.

So I'd figure I'd ask you guys...have you heard of it and is it legit?

I'm working now but...I am looking for a new challenge.

As a student pilot...been flying and building rc airplanes since 1990, and I work as a photographer for a local NBC news affiliate...I thought it would be a good next step.

Thanks

rc

Much better to get a ME or AE degree from a real school. I know if someone showed up at our door looking for work with a degree in UAV's, we would be highly skeptical. I like to remind people that the top designer at Scaled Composites back in the day was Cory Bird, who had a high school diploma. In all my years as an engineer, I have never been asked what my GPA was. If you are good at what you do, a receipt from a university doesn't matter.

#4 CenTexFlyer Feb 05, 2013 10:03 PM

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Originally Posted by aeroanalysis (Post 24034681)
If you are good at what you do, a receipt from a university doesn't matter.

ahhhh..... but a sheepskin from the alma mater of the company's CEO get's you brownie points!

#5 Suhler Feb 06, 2013 09:16 AM

Honestly, it doesn't seem to matter all that much. I'm a freshman in college, majoring in compsci/compeng and I'm building and flying UAV's as a side project with the university right now. I've already been asked for my resume in person by the CTO of a UAV company, and I'm only a second semester student! It really comes down to the school: if they are located in one of the hearts and centers of development for UAV and flying systems, there will be plenty of opportunities to branch out and network. Plus, the only reason I've been able to do any of this is because one of my professors knew the exact path for me to take to build up a support/funding base. That's really what it seems to come down to.

#6 Lost In OC Feb 06, 2013 11:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Suhler (Post 24050786)
Honestly, it doesn't seem to matter all that much. I'm a freshman in college, majoring in compsci/compeng and I'm building and flying UAV's as a side project with the university right now. I've already been asked for my resume in person by the CTO of a UAV company, and I'm only a second semester student! It really comes down to the school: if they are located in one of the hearts and centers of development for UAV and flying systems, there will be plenty of opportunities to branch out and network. Plus, the only reason I've been able to do any of this is because one of my professors knew the exact path for me to take to build up a support/funding base. That's really what it seems to come down to.

But the fact that you are in college and currently on your way to a degree has opened the door for you. I can honestly say that without a degree, getting your foot in the door at any company higher up than a technician is next to impossible.


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