Adam Houston is part of a consortium of scientists who use unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to study the development of tornadoes. The Unmanned Aircraft System and Severe Storms Research Group is built upon a research partnership that began in 2006 when Houston, an atmospheric scientist at UNL, began working with Brian Argrow and Eric Frew, aerospace engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Matt Waite is a professor of practice at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, teaching reporting, data journalism, data visualization, programming, and drone journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism and Master of Science in Business Analytics from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Professor Waite created the first Drone Journalism program anywhere in the world in 2011. He’s spoken with journalists on four continents about using drones to photograph newsworthy events and has trained more than 800 American journalists on how to pass the FAA’s knowledge exam and fly safely and ethically for their news organization. Dozens of Nebraska students have their license now because of training they’ve received from his courses.
Prior to joining the faculty, he was the senior news technologist for the St. Petersburg Times of Florida and the principal developer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact.