Palomar College sign. Photo by Chris Stone

Two Palomar College students in the school’s drone program have been invited to attend a national science and technology conference in Washington, D.C., it was announced Monday.

The National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges invited Mikela Garza and Gerardo Perez to attend the Advanced Technological Education conference on Oct. 24-26.

Garza and Perez, who are pursuing degrees in Drone Technology at Palomar College, plan to show how geographic data from drone images of the school can be used for mapping, modeling and three-dimensional analysis.

“The fact that Mikela and Gerardo are among a small group of students selected to present at this conference is a significant accomplishment, and it also reflects the country’s curiosity and excitement around the emerging field of drone technology,” said professor Wing Cheung, who co-founded Palomar’s the drone program last year.

According to the AACC, Garza and Perez will be among 50 students and 850 total attendees at the conference.

According to the AACC, conference attendees “represent community colleges, business and industry, secondary school systems and four-year colleges covering projects in a wide variety of areas such as: information technology, engineering technology, micro- and nanotechnologies, chemical technology, biotechnology, and others.”

–City News Service