Brandon Stark

Brandon Stark is the director of the University of California Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety, located at the University of California, Merced, and an adjunct professor at the UC Merced School of Engineering. The Center of Excellence on Unmanned Aircraft System Safety provides system-wide UAS expertise to all UC campuses, cooperative extensions and other research stations across the state of California.

Stark received his Ph.D. in electrical engineering and computer science at UC Merced, focusing on uncrewed aircraft systems technology and safety. In addition, he leads multiple UAS research projects on safety, policy and the safe integration of UAS into local communities.

Research interests: drones, aviation safety, aviation policy.

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  • UC Merced | Mechanical Engineering