Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center Receives University President’s Silver Wave Award

May 15, 2014


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence & Innovation at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi was recognized with the 2014 President’s Silver Wave Award on May 15 during the President’s Spring Faculty Staff Meeting.  

Leaders of the University’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program include Dr. Luis Cifuentes, Vice President for Research, Commercialization & Outreach; Dr. Ron George, Senior Research Development Officer; Dr. L.D. Chen, Director of the School of Engineering and Computer Science; and Jerry Hendrix, the Center’s Chief Engineer from Camber Corporation.

The University has garnered considerable national and international attention as one of only six federally-designated test site operators to assist the Federal Aviation Administration in the safe integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace.

The test site designation and the center are already serving as a magnet to other aerospace companies that want to test systems and technology at the Texas ranges that are part of the Lone Star UAS Center. The University’s UAS program is also providing exceptional learning opportunities for students in engineering, geospatial sciences, and software development.

The Center is the eighth recipient of the Silver Wave Award, which was started in 2005.  The award is presented to a person or program that brings national and international attention to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.