May 24, 2013 : By Drew Menard
|Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Dave Young, dean of Liberty University School of Aeronautics, (right) and John Marselus, associate dean of flight operations, hold the Innovator of the Year award the school received from Virginia's Region 2000 Technology Council Thursday.|
Virginia’s Region 2000 Technology Council presented the Liberty University School of Aeronautics its Innovator of the Year award Thursday during TechEDGE, the Lynchburg area’s premier business and education conference.
“We understand that the School of Aeronautics is attracting national attention and has achieved notoriety as a top aeronautics program,” said Jonathan Whitt, executive director of the Region 2000 Technology Council. “We think they have been innovative about how they have gone about growing the program.”
Whitt highlighted the school’s Unmanned Aerial Systems program (one of four in the country), the addition of several high-tech simulators, and its collaboration with other entities, including the Center for Advanced Engineering Research.
Retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Dave Young, dean of the School of Aeronautics, said receiving the award is humbling.
“Region 2000 is blessed with an abundance of technology-oriented and innovative entities, and the School of Aeronautics is honored to have been selected for this award from amongst this august group,” he said, complimenting the “dedicated efforts” of the school’s staff.
The Region 2000 Technology Council is one of six distinct organizations making up Virginia’s Region 2000 Partnership, an organization that provides a centralized vision for regional development. The Technology Council’s mission is to foster an environment that stimulates innovation and the growth of technology-focused organizations in our community.