sUAS ProEd

Worldwide Campus Offers Online Professional Courses in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Beginning in August

Across the globe, small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS; under 55 lbs.) are rapidly transforming businesses and industries. From individual enthusiasts to major corporations, sUAS users are learning to harness the power of these systems, while working to keep up with the industry’s ever-evolving technology and legal regulations. That is why Embry-Riddle Worldwide created the online Professional Program in small unmanned aircraft systems.

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Consisting of three online courses - History and Application of sUAS, sUAS Design and Configuration and sUAS Operations and Regulations - this non-degree program features the history and design of unmanned aircraft systems, while examining how industries across the board are currently using them. The courses will explore today’s most innovative and exciting sUAS applications, from preventing wildlife poaching to filming blockbusters. Participants will learn about operating sUAS safely and legally, for both professional and recreational purposes, and will connect with resources to help them stay current in this quickly changing industry.

“The release of this new, online sUAS education program at Embry-Riddle Worldwide will be beneficial to those entrepreneurs, operators, and employees of firms and agencies looking to better understand this revolutionary technology,” said Dr. Brent Terwilliger, Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Program Chair for the Master of Science in Unmanned Systems degree program at Embry-Riddle’s Worldwide Campus. “The topics, activities and resources featured in this program will assist such professionals to better understand the background, uses and considerations associated with safe, efficient, and responsible application.”

Where: Each course will be 4 weeks and will be offered online via Canvas.

Who Should Attend: Individuals from industries with interest in using or learning more about sUAS. These industries include, but are not limited to: agriculture, public safety, mapping and surveying, filming, communications, logistics, conservation, construction, engineering, real estate, insurance, retail, safety and emergency management. 

Note: This non-degree program does not substitute for a license, degree, certification or required professional credential. A certificate of completion is issued upon successful completion of all three courses.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Brent Terwilliger is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and the Program Chair for the M.S. in Unmanned Systems degree in the College of Aeronautics at the Embry-Riddle Worldwide campus. He holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Northcentral University, a Master’s of Aeronautical Science and B.S. in Aerospace Studies from Embry-Riddle and experience working more than a decade in defense contracting.

To learn more about online Professional Programs from Embry-Riddle Worldwide, please contact Gary Burke, Director of the Office of Professional Education, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114-3900. Email:



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