UM to Celebrate Drone Week Nov. 26-30

November 19, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana invites the public to campus to celebrate the sky-high possibilities of unmanned aerial vehicles during Drone Week, Nov. 26-30.

UM’s Autonomous Aerial Systems Office will host events featuring several student and faculty researchers, as well as an open house, to showcase its offerings for both on- and off-campus groups. The schedule follows.

Monday, Nov. 26

  • 10-10:50 a.m. – “Drones, Normalized Difference of Vegetation Index and Lessons Learned,” presented by UM wildlife biology student Bart Bauer, University Center Room 332.
  • 2-2:50 p.m. – “Drones and Wildlife: Sharing the Airspace Safely,” presented by UM Division of Biological Sciences Professor Erick Greene, UC Room 332.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

  • 10-10:50 a.m. – “Using UAVs to Map Lichen Cover Within Caribou Ranges,” presented by UM wildlife biology Ph.D. student Eric Palm, UC Room 332.
  • 2-2:50 p.m. – “Drones in TV, Film, News and Social Media,” presented by Tyson Dupuis, UAV World Systems, UC Room 332.
  • 3-5 p.m. Come fly a drone in Schreiber Gym!

Thursday, Nov. 29

  • 10-10:50 a.m. – “UAS Platform Development for Gathering Weather Data,” presented by UM computer science graduate student Fred Bunt, UC Room 332.

Friday, Nov. 30

  • 10-10:50 a.m. – “Evolution of UAVs in Fire,” presented by Dr. LLoyd Queen and Dr. Carl Seielstad of UM’s Fire Center, UC Room 332.
  • 2-2:50 p.m. – “UAVs for Freshwater Ecology,” presented by Diane Whited of the Flathead Lake Biological Station, UC Room 332.
  • 3-5:30 p.m. – AASO Open House, Interdisciplinary Science Building Room 107.

Established in 2015, UM’s AASO centralizes the UAS resources for research and Federal Aviation Administration regulation and safety guidance. For more information visit


Contact: Jaylene Naylor, assistant director, UM Autonomous Aerial Systems Office, 406-529-9174,