|Jeffrey Kappenman has been named director of the Center for UAS Research|
Jeffrey Kappenman has been named director of the Center for UAS Research, Eduction and Training at the UND John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences. In his position, Kappenman will provide leadership, oversight and coordination of all UAS related efforts within the Center. He will work with University, government and industry leaders to promote economic development as it relates to Unmanned Systems and increase the competitiveness of the Center to enhance its value for partnering with the private, government and university sectors.
Jeff has expertise in Army UAS development, operations and training and will provide the knowledge and experience needed to continue the growth of this new program within the Odegard School, said Bruce Smith, dean of the Odegard School. He learned how to fly in our Epoch Pilot program over 30 years ago and is looking forward to returning to his aviation roots to help us succeed in this endeavor.
Kappenman graduated from UND in Aeronautical Studies and has recently retired as a colonel from the U.S. Army after 26 years as the director of UAS, where he was responsible for the coordination for all combat development activities associated with UAS. He is recognized in the Department of Defense as the Army's expert in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. He also has a master's degree in national security affairs, from the U.S. Army War College, and has attended many military command and staff schools while in the service.
-- Jane Olson, Assistant to the Dean, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-2645