Tools, Toys or Aircraft? Kent State Hosts Series on Drones and Other Unmanned Aeronautical Vehicles

Kent State University’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering is pleased to announce four upcoming workshops on drones. The first event will take place on Nov. 13, with a reception starting at 6 p.m. and conference from 7-9 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Kiva.

This workshop, presented for the general public, is intended to educate and inform communities on this new technological development in the society. This is a chance for community leaders, members and industry professionals to learn more about this area especially with the advent of technology and the availability of drones. 

The session will be led by Jason Lorenzon, lead faculty for the small, unmanned aircraft system (sUAS). Mr. Lorenzon is an attorney, sUAS remote pilot in command, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificated commercial pilot and flight instructor. Darrel Clay, president of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, an attorney, sUAS remote pilot in command and commercial pilot, will lead a panel discussion of industry professionals.  

Judge Roger “William” Mullins of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is one of the guest speakers. Judge Mullins joined the NTSB in January 1989 as an administrative law judge. Before his service with the NTSB, he served as an administrative law judge with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Prior to that, he spent 15 years as a trial judge in the State of Oklahoma. Judge Mullins retired from the U.S. Army Reserves after 30 years with the rank of colonel. He is the holder of a commercial pilot certificate. Mullins is a graduate of Panhandle State University and the University of Colorado School of Law. Kent State is honored to have an NTSB judge on campus.

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits will be available through the Ohio State Bar Association. FAA Safety Team Credits for the Winds program also are available. 

Kent State’s College of Aeronautics and Engineering is tentatively planning three additional seminars in January, February and April 2018.

For more information about the November conference, visit

Registration for the event is required. Please visit

POSTED: Thursday, November 9, 2017 09:27 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM
Jessica Tremayne-Farkas