Dale Cope

Associate Professor of Practice

COPE 4

Office: MEOB 415
Phone: 979.458.5994
Email: drdcope@tamu.edu

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Research Interests

My primary research interest is the applied research and development of unmanned aerial systems (UASs) for a wide variety of commercial and civil applications.  I am currently participating in several research efforts with Texas A&M AgriLife Research related to using UASs for remote sensing.  These efforts mostly involve using fixed-wing UASs with high resolution visual and multispectral cameras for various agriculture applications.  Another effort involves the integration of multiple cameras and gas sensors including a thermal camera onto an octocopter UAS for monitoring infrastructure in oil and gas fields.

Awards & Honors

  • Associate Fellow, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), 2012
  • Meritorious Service Medal, U.S. Air Force (USAF), 2007

Education

  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering, Wichita State University, 2002
  • M.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1988
  • B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University 1982

Selected Publications

Shi, Y., J. Thomasson, S. Murray, N. Ace, W. Rooney, S. Shafian, N. Rajan, G. Rouze, C. Morgan, H. Neely, A. Rana, M. Bagavathiannan, J. Henrickson, E. Bowden, J. Valasek, J. Olsenholler, M. Bishop, R. Sheridan, E. Putman, S. Popescu, T. Burks, D. Cope, A. Ibrahim, B. Mccutchen, D. Baltensperger, R. Avant, M. Vidrine, and C. Yang, “Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for High-Throughput Phenotyping and Agronomic Research”, PLOS ONE 11.7 (2016)

Garg, M., F. Abdi, G. Abumeri, and D. Cope, “Characterization of Fiber Metal Laminate Subject To Various Environments”, SAMPE 2011, Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering, May 2011

Cope, D., J. Cronenberger, K. Kozak, K. Schrader, L. Smith, and C. Thwing, “Integration of Remote Sensing and Risk Analysis for Airframe Structural Integrity Assessment”, Annual Conference of the Prognostics and Health Management Society, Oct 2010

Cope, D., J. Cronenberger, K. Kozak, K. Schrader, L. Smith, and C. Thwing, “Integration of Technologies for Structural Integrity Assessment of Critical Safety-of-Flight Components”, Final Report for SwRI Internal Research Project 18-R9844, Jan 2010

Cope, D.A., M. Mitchell, M. Shiao, and M. Nuss “Teardown Evaluation of a 1993 Beechcraft 1900D Model Airplane”, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, DOT/FAA/AR-08/28, Jun 2008

Cope, D.A. and M. Laubach, “Teardown Evaluation of a 1975 Piper Navajo Chieftain Model PA31-350 Airplane”, U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration, DOT/FAA/AR-07/64, Mar 2008