Kent State University Selected for FAA Training Program

On March 15, 2021 Kent State University’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering (CAE) announces the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected its Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Operations program for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate Training Initiative program or the UAS-CTI. 

Jason Lorenzon, JD ATP, assistant professor and aeronautics program coordinator has worked hard to obtain this designation. “The UAS-CTI designation reinforces that our curriculum delivers up-to-date UAS training that matches the requirements of the National Airspace System (NAS) and helps provide qualified applicants for careers involving UAS” said Lorenzon. “This will also provide more opportunities to educate the public about UAS safety.”  

The FAA’s UAS-CTI program recognizes institutions that prepare students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. In order to qualify for the initiative, schools must offer a bachelor’s or associate's degree in UAS or a degree with a minor, concentration, or certificate in UAS. Schools must provide a curriculum covering various aspects of UAS training, including hands-on flight practice, maintenance, uses, applications, privacy concerns, safety, and federal policies concerning UAS. 

“Our college embraces a synergy between our aeronautics and engineering programs. Aeronautics is defined in the United States code as a combination of art and science, where we focus on the discipline of flight - preparing the next generation of working aviators and professionals in the aviation domain. Engineering provides our students with the opportunities of designing, building, and operating new engineered systems from swarming drones to new fuel cell technology to new aircraft designs that will pave the way for a unique and exciting future,” explained Christina L. Bloebaum, Ph.D., dean and professor. “Our Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Operations programs is the perfect example of how our college embraces this blend and the UAS-CTI designation is the signet.”

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Operations concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics is for students who aspire to become professional unmanned aircraft pilots (drone pilot).  This concentration is focused on the safe operations of unmanned aircraft systems, regulations, the technology of autonomous systems and policy regarding the operations of unmanned aerial elements. 

For more information about this program, please visit  or contact Alyssa Robinson, M.Ed., director of strategic communications and external engagement, College of Aeronautics and Engineering at Kent State University at 

POSTED: Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 5:59am
UPDATED: Thursday, August 5, 2021 - 5:59am