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Houston Scholar: Jeffrey Hong


"Houston Scholars has given me the opportunity to explore my interest in working with small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), also known as Drones. Currently, there is dialogue ongoing between the government, research institutions and private companies to safely integrate this technology into our National Airspace. Working with emergency managers, other universities and industry developers, I hope to create a program for using sUAS for emergency management purposes."

Major: Construction Management
Houston Scholars Project: 
Drones in Emergency Management
Advisor:  Kelly Boysen

Jeffrey Hong is investigating the use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, also known as drones, in emergency management. Specifically, Jeffrey’s research seeks to establish a set of guidelines and safety protocols for sUAS use in emergency operations by local governments. Policies and protocols developed by Jeffrey will be tested in a controlled environment at the conclusion of his study. Jeffrey is conducting his research with the guidance of Kelly Boysen, the Director of the University of Houston Office of Emergency Management. Outside of this research project, Jeffrey has been working with radio-controlled aircraft since 2013 and is a member of the North Texas Drone User Group, a division of the Drone User Group Network. 

Future Direction:  Upon graduation, Jeffrey would like to attend graduate school and ultimately work with a state or federal government organization such as the Texas Department of Transportation or the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

About Houston Scholars

Supported by the Provost's Office and the Honors College, the Houston Scholars program is designed to bolster students’ academic and professional goals through faculty mentoring, research proposal development, and a semester discussion series led by University of Houston faculty from across the campus. Houston Scholars will also learn about national and international award opportunities, and receive assistance in developing applications for competitive programs.

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