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Published May 03, 2013, 06:13 PM

LRSC, UND Presidents sign UAS agreement

School Presidents from the University of North Dakota and Lake Region State College today signed an agreement to collaborate in unmanned aerial system research. The cooperation between the schools allows Lake Region State to become a part of UND's center for UAS research.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

School Presidents from the University of North Dakota and Lake Region State College today signed an agreement to collaborate in unmanned aerial system research. The cooperation between the schools allows Lake Region State to become a part of UND's center for UAS research.

While the colleges have been partners for years, these documents make it official. Both schools, independently, have been working on UAS technologies in the fields of research and testing. With this agreement Lake Region will be able to use UND resources. Lake Region has dedicated its UAS research and testing towards developing law enforcement training programs. This partnership will allow its students to receive degrees offered by UND in UAS operations, training both pilots and sensor operations.

This agreement is not only beneficial to the schools but to the state as a whole, as Senator Hoeven and many city leaders in the Grand Forks region have been pushing for the state to become a pilot test site for Unmanned aerial systems.

Doug Darling, Lake Region State College President:"It's a great opportunity for us to partner with the university of north dakota and develop some synergy in the UAS field."

UND President Robert Kelley: "Well this is an exciting opportunity for the University of North Dakota to continue our very productive collaboration with Lake Region State College."

This agreement went into effect today and and will remain so until May 3 in 2018, or until it's amended again. Lake Region Students will not have to pay additional fees for classes that take advantage of the UND partnership.

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