UNLV is pursuing a number of research and education initiatives supporting state, regional, and national interests in unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The university has worked successfully with state education and research institutions as well as the governor’s office to ensure Nevada was selected by as one of six national sites for testing, research, and development of UAS.

UNLV has an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and policy and legal experts working in this area, as well as an undergraduate minor in UAS. All involved are poised to contribute to the UAV industry to Nevada, which could have a potential economic impact of 2.5 billion to 8 billion dollars.