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Grand Sky is located west of Grand Forks, adjacent to the Grand Forks Air Force Base. IMAGE: GRAND SKY DEVELOPMENT CO.

UND to showcase UAS at the Grand Sky UAS business park 

The University of North Dakota College of Engineering & Mines in partnership with SkySkopes and Grand Sky will showcase its Unmanned Aircraft Systems collaborative efforts on Wednesday, June 14, 10 a.m.-Noon at the Grand Sky UAS business park.  UND College of Engineering & Mines experts will be on-hand to explain their research projects and flying demonstrations.  No prior clearance is necessary for US citizens.  Escort is required if you are traveling with a foreign national.

Tentative Timeline: 

-10 a.m. -- Meeting at the Grand Sky entrance trailer.  Enter these coordinates into Google Maps to find the meeting place:  47.934218, -97.410126

-10:15 a.m. --  Follow Grand Sky personnel to the alert pad for safety brief and flight operations.

-10:45 a.m. -- Interviews and photo opportunities.

-11:15 a.m. to noon -- buffer time in the event of bad weather.


* Dr.  Hesham El-Rewini, Dean, College of Engineering & Mines

* Dr.  Will Semke, Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering & Mines

* Tom Swoyer, President, Grand Sky

* Matt Dunlevy, President & CEO, SkySkopes 

* Dr.  Grant McGimpsey, VP, Research and Economic Development, UND

* Dr.  Prakash Ranganathan, Professor of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering & Mines

* David Dvorak, CEO, Field of View

Multiple students from the College of Engineering and Mines

Hesham El-Rewini, UND Senior Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Engineering and Mines will be attending Wednesdays event:  “I’m so delighted to see the partnership between UND’s College of Engineering and Mines and SkySkopes taken a new level. UAS is one of the College’s strategically important areas both in research and academic programs, and I believe that this partnership will create many new opportunities for students, faculty, and the UAS industry.”

Dr. William Semke, Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Engineering (UASE) Lab, is very enthusiastic about partnering with SkySkopes to perform flight operations at Grand Sky: “The ability to fly innovative payloads, flight systems, and evaluate UAS applications are a tremendous opportunity for engineering students get real-world experience collaborating with world-class organizations here in Grand Forks.  These assets coming together will keep us as leaders in the design of UAS systems and applications.”

Thomas Swoyer Jr., President of Grand Sky Development Co.:  “Grand Sky is proud to support education and provide a real-world environment where remotely piloted aircraft can be used for applied engineering research. Unmanned systems will help us all see and understand our world differently, and we are encouraged to see students and their professors embrace this technology in an academic setting.”

Matt Dunlevy, President and CEO of SkySkopes, also shows his appreciation for the project:  "This initiative with UND engineering students in partnership with SkySkopes and Grand Sky is great because it engages students to apply their skills to UAS. It's all the better because we get to use well-engineered aircraft to collect data that could be simultaneously useful to students, professors, and Grand Sky's engineers.  I'm also delighted to see a strong presence and advocacy from UND's UASE program."