The Unmanned Safety Institute announced today that Joshua Olds, Co-Founder & Vice President, has succeeded Aaron Greenwald as the President of the Unmanned Safety Institute (USI) company effective immediately. Mr. Greenwald is stepping down from the position to pursue a Masters of Business Administration.
I am very happy to lead such an exciting and fast-growing business,” said Mr. Olds. “Since the company’s founding in 2014, USI has become the preeminent leader in UAS training and education in the academic and commercial space, and with the majority acquisition of USI by ARGUS International in 2016, we have created the UAS industry’s only offering that covers the entire operational ecosystem needed to set up and manage a world-class drone program.”
Mr. Olds has been part of the Unmanned Safety Institute for four years, since the company’s inception. During that time, Mr. Olds has worked as the Vice President of Operations, leading the development of both industry and collegiate level content and curriculum for education and training. He also led the development of the ARGUS Organizational Unmanned Industry Standard. Mr. Olds serves as a member on the UAS FAA Safety Team (FAAST) and as an advisory board member for the Energy Drone Coalition. His work in the unmanned industry earned him an award for individual Airmanship and Contribution to the UAS Industry by the Association for Unmanned Vehicles International.
Joe Moeggenberg, President and CEO of ARGUS, commented, “Josh is not only a recognized and respected thought leader on the topic of safe and effective UAS operations, but his hands-on experience operating UAS and teaching in an academic setting, provide a level insight on the entire industry that is sorely needed. Unmanned operations offer the aviation industry its next big growth channel, but the labor pool needed to achieve the UAS growth forecasts in each industry cluster is now sitting in middle and high school career and technical education classrooms, and this is where Josh has been incredibly effective.”
With the USI founders all having backgrounds in aviation, they quickly recognized that operational best practices and standards would need to be established in order for the unmanned industry to reach its full potential. Having witnessed the effectiveness and value of time-honored aviation safety practices, USI set out to create a company that would help individuals, enterprises, and organization to integrate and operate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) for civil or commercial purposes, relying on manned aviation safety practices to develop courses and curriculum that have benefited more than 680 organizations and more than 6000 customers around the world.
USI is widely recognized as the global leader in UAS training and certification delivering the most highly-regarded training program of its kind, including turn-key UAS technical education and training programs now being offered in hundreds of high schools, community colleges, and four-year universities around the country. USI is the only training and certification organization that is accepted by the FAA, endorsed by major aviation insurance providers, and whose training programs have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education (ACE).
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