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Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Represented at Unmanned Systems Caucus 2013 Science and Technology Fair

October 02, 2013

Cuellar UAV

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Island University was among 16 organizations invited to attend the Unmanned Systems Caucus 2013 Science and Technology Fair in Washington D.C., in September. Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice President for Research, Commercialization, and Outreach at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, represented the University at the event that was hosted by Congressman Henry Cuellar (D- Texas), and Congressman Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-California).  

“By attending the fair we were able to speak with both co-chairs of the Caucus and show them the cutting-edge research we are conducting at the University,” said Dr. Cifuentes.

The Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus hosts this fair in order to further educate members of Congress, industry stakeholders, and the public on unmanned systems. The Caucus focuses on the value of unmanned aircraft and how they can contribute to science, security, and law enforcement. Dr. Cifuentes was on hand along with Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station student Brittany Duncan to display results from research conducted in March. Dr. Cifuentes is the lead on the statewide effort to persuade the Federal Aviation Administration to designate Texas as a test range for both large and small unmanned aircraft.

“Now people around the world are aware about what we are doing at the University,” Cifuentes said. “Our research is now on the map.”

Organizations involved in the research, development, and production of unmanned systems were showcased at this year’s Science and Technology Fair. Organizations provided displays of their unmanned systems and covered air, ground and maritime research.

The University’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Initiative, and its 6,000 square miles of available airspace, is currently in competition to be named one of six Federal Aviation Administration UAV test sites.  On Oct. 1, the University unveiled its new command and control center in preparation for that designation, which is expected to be announced in December.

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