CITRIS Aviation specializes in gathering scientific data using unmanned aerial
vehicles, with the goal of developing practical
solutions in the fields of agriculture and landscape ecology, as well as
the use and understanding of aerial data collection in the community. To that
we conduct mapping flights for various university research projects, and also
drone training courses.
The University of California Merced is a leader in UAV/UAS research. UCM houses
the UC Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft
System Safety, which coordinates safe drone operations for the entire UC system.
In addition, it is home to the Mechatronics, Embedded Systems & Automation
Lab, a state-of-the-art drone research & education lab led by Professor YangQuan
CITRIS Aviation builds upon UC Merced’s facilities and resources, offering
research partnership opportunities to industry,
and offering UAS instruction to their partners as well as to the general public.
UC Merced’s MESA (Mechatronics, Embedded Systems and Automation) Lab is a
multidisciplinary collaborative space that focuses
heavily on airborne research: building, flying, and modifying unmanned aerial
(UAS) as well as aerial crop monitoring and analysis make up a large part of
projects. MESA Lab collaborates with partners throughout the San Joaquin valley
beyond, including private agricultural growers, the USDA, PG&E and NASA/JPL.
Research topic include: Mechatronics UAS-based remote sensing Cyber-Physical
Systems Modeling and Control of Renewable Energy
Systems Applied Fractional Calculus
UAS Safety offers expertise and ensures regulatory compliance for UAS operated
within the entire University of California
system. It also provides support and training for risk management and the safe
In addition, the Center is also authorized to grant certain forms of approval
UAS operations in the US via the Federal Aviation Administration.
Introduction to Drone Safety and Regulations This base course is classroom only,
and provides students with the tools to
pass the CFA Part 107 exam, which is required to fly drones commercially.
to Safe Drone Operation This course will cover the basics of drone piloting,
planning and field operations. Specialized Courses Specialized topics such as
mapping, environmental sensing, and cinematography will be offered on a demand
or other specialized courses can be tailored to the needs of specific groups.
to us. Register for Classes extension.ucmerced.edu Andreas Anderson, Instructor