SAN MARCOS (July 3, 2017) –  Palomar College will host a Drone Conference, PALOMAR DRONE-CON ’17, on Friday, July 7 at the San Marcos campus.

Designed for industry professionals and educators, the event is currently sold out. The group of 140 people who registered is made up of those interested in introducing drones in their classes or line of work; and individuals who want to connect with other industry professionals who are already using drones in their work.

The keynote speaker will be Todd Jacobs from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (

Guest speakers will include representatives from the fields of insurance (aerial metrics), agriculture (slantrange), utility inspection (SDG&E), construction (Balfour Beatty Construction), aviation (Academy of Model Aeronautics), and environmental assessment fields (UC Irvine). In addition to workshops and guest speakers, the event will feature industry panels, vendor exhibits, and demonstrations throughout the day. The schedule of events can be found here: .

Coordinating the conference are  Wing Cheung, professor of geography, and coordinator for the Geographic Information Systems  (GIS) program at Palomar; and  Mark Bealo, professor of graphic communications, including drone courses at Palomar. For information please contact Wing Cheung at

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Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365,
Laura Gropen, Director, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152,
Wing Cheung, Professor, Geography/GIS Coordinator, 760-744-1150, ext. 3652,