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Drone Club Launched at AUA

YEREVAN, Armenia ‒ In March 2018, a drone club was launched at the American University of Armenia (AUA) on the initiative of Dr. Aram Hajian, dean of the AUA’s Akian College of Science and Engineering (CSE), Alen Amirkhanian, director of the Acopian Center for the Environment (ACE), and the hard work and devotion of Sean Reynolds, adjunct lecturer and researcher at ACE.

Opening the club was a perfect opportunity to gather students of the CSE’s Engineering Sciences (ES) Bachelor program, who are keen on robotics, mechanics, and apps, all of which are applied when learning about drones.

Despite limited means, the eleven members of the club have weekly meetings and work on functions for drones that can solve problems such as monitoring mines and carrying things from one point to another. Many of the club members have the potential to start startups if they receive proper training and acquire more knowledge in the field.

“It’s an opportunity for students to get involved in the emerging world of unmanned aerial systems. It’s real world knowledge and real world application, not just theory”, explains Reynolds, who joined AUA in 2017.

Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia, and affiliated with the University of California. AUA provides a global education in Armenia and the region, offering high-quality graduate and undergraduate studies, encouraging civic engagement, and promoting public service and democratic values.