He helped with survivor search-and-rescue operations – while he also monitored ash flows, shattered timber and examined the mountain with side-looking airborne radar, even as it was self-destructing. 

“There’s almost no limit to the range of remote sensing applications that OSU has been involved in, and helped to develop, in the past,” said Rob Holman, a professor in the OSU College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences. “But the unprecedented access and local control offered by unmanned technology makes this a brand new game - this will be a great opportunity for both researchers and students. 

“There’s a lot of work to do, and it’s exciting to be getting in on the ground floor of yet another new technology,” he said.