Vaughn College Celebrated International Drone Day on Saturday, May 4

FLUSHING, N.Y., May 6, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Vaughn College celebrated its fourth annual International Drone Day on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a variety of activities for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)/drone enthusiasts. Guests attended workshops on how to utilize computer-aided design to model simple parts, design their own UAVs, gain exposure and an introduction to the programming language Python on Linux, fly their drones in the hangar and see drone races.

Loretta Alkalay, adjunct professor at Vaughn College, independent legal consultant to aviation entities, former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) attorney and regional counsel for the FAA's Eastern Region for more than thirty years, hosted a discussion on drone regulations and how to obtain an FAA remote pilot certificate prior to a guest panel discussion.

The guest panel featured drone experts in fields including aviation, construction, cinematography, criminal justice and transportation who discussed the importance of UAVs in today's society and the future of the industry including exciting career opportunities for drone pilots.

Panelists included Scott Harrigan, president and chief pilot of Harkin Aerial in Oyster Bay, NY who spoke about using drones for photogrammetry and volumetrics at construction sites; Elena Buenrostro, founder of "Women Who Drone" and drone cinematographer who spoke about a network of international drone ambassadors and encouraged females to pursue careers in the industry; Jes Chosid, chief executive officer of Reign Maker, who discussed her work with New York City doing bridge inspections and Ground Zero retaining wall inspections; and Edward Kostakis, senior pilot at DJI and co-founder of Xizmo who spoke about aerial cinematography on small and large sets and the applications of drones in law enforcement. The group shared their enthusiasm for the field with the audience and noted how exciting it was to be at the forefront of an evolving industry.

VAUGHN COLLEGE: Founded in 1932, Vaughn College is a private, nonprofit, four-year college that enrolls more than 1,500 students in master's, bachelor's and associate degree programs in engineering, technology, management and aviation on its main campus in New York City and online. The student-faculty ratio of 15 to 1 ensures a highly personalized learning environment. Ninety-six percent of Vaughn College graduates, eighty percent in their field of study, are employed or choose to continue their education within one year of graduation. They work in 20 countries and all 50 states. The institution serves many first-generation college students and is recognized by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. For more information on Vaughn College, please visit

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