National Visiting Committee
Title: National Visiting Committee
Phone: (320) 291-5380
Email : Jonathan.Beck@northlandcollege.edu
Jonathan Beck has worked in the aviation industry for over 15 years. He began his career as an air traffic controller and has been working with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) technology since 2004. His career has involved fielding first of their kind small, medium and large scale UAS programs and operations across state and federal organizations and most recently in higher education. In 2011, Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, MN launched the nations first UAS maintenance program. He is currently an Instructor and Program Manager of UAS technology at Northland. He provides adjunct instruction for other colleges across the MinnState system and holds a research faculty position in the Geography Department at St Cloud State University. Over the past 4 years he has participated in UAS applied research projects for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. He is also a principal investigator for the DroneTECH project, supported by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education program. The DroneTECH project provides UAS educational opportunities to educators, students and other stakeholders.