Unmanned Systems Certificate

Program Overview


This certificate is ideal for:

    • Engineers, Program and project Manager, and Field Support Engineers in related fields
    • Vehicle, sensor, and controller professionals
    • Mission Coordinators and Emergency Management Professionals
    • Marketing Professionals
    • Entrepreneurs
    • Insurance and Legal Professionals
    • Transitioning Military UxS Operators

Note: To apply please complete the Extended Learning Courses application at: nu.edu/el-apply, or contact us at: Extlearning@nu.edu, or call us at 858.642.8600.

Emerging UxS (x meaning space, air, ground and sea) technologies have transitioned out of the Department of Defense domain into a broad scope of commercial applications. Affordable technologies are giving large and small businesses, research institutions, and individuals the opportunity to customize platforms and sensors to applications including precision agriculture, natural resource exploration, forestry, public safety, undersea exploration, infrastructure protection, energy and pipeline infrastructure inspection and repair, shipping delivery and management, construction, real estate, land management applications and more.

This is a unique program focused on the application of unmanned systems as an information resource, focused on the management of platforms and sensor assets as an information source for current and emerging applications. Topics include platforms and sensing technologies, management of assets, processing of data to create meaningful and actionable information, and the dissemination of that information to interested consumers.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Analyze global trends and emerging markets in the use of unmanned systems.
  • Demonstrate awareness of professional, ethical, legal, security and global policy issues in the use of unmanned systems.
  • Design and manage projects deploying unmanned systems, and function effectively as a member of a technical or marketing team.
  • Apply sound science, engineering, and technology to solve current and emerging problems using unmanned systems.
  • Develop a working knowledge of mission planning tools; remote sensing and data collection using unmanned systems; data analytics and information development; and information dissemination and presentation methods.
  • Discuss entrepreneurial opportunities deploying unmanned systems to solve emerging government and commercial problems
  • Apply professional standards in decision-making.

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