Anita Simic gets instruction on flying a drone from Pete Orbovich (left), a representative of Caron-East Inc. Looking on are her students and (behind her, right) Dr. Robert Vincent, emeritus professor of geology.
BGSU’s first drone pilot
USING TECHNOLOGY TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN REMOTE-SENSING SCIENCE
Dr. Anita Simic, a geology faculty member in the School of Earth, Environment, and Society, is a firm believer in engaging her students in scientific exploration. And for her there is no better way to demonstrate the power of science than to explore the concept of remote sensing using a drone.
Simic, who is ready to officially pilot an FAA-approved drone, said she is excited to connect the concept of using cutting-edge technology to advance science, specifically in remote sensing, her field of expertise.
Throughout the summer, she learned the regulations and the techniques to operate a drone for use in water and land monitoring using remote-sensing technologies.
The use of a drone for her research provides more accurate and consistent information because it operates on Global Positioning System coordinates. The drone also can reach areas that are not easily accessible by humans, which is proving especially helpful for the work she is doing in the Western Basin of Lake Erie, Simic said.