Honoring Dr. Chumer during NJCU DSc Hooding Ceremony

On 5/11/2015, during NJCU’s 1st Doctor of Science Hooding Ceremony for Civil Security, Leadership, Management and Policy students, Dr. Chumer was honored by his NJCU UAS research students–Ryan Kelly (right, speaking), Michael Russell (left), Lynn Costantini (middle), Joe Chimento (not visible), and Al Sondej (not visible). They presented Dr. Chumer a certificate of registry to commemorate the engraving of his name on the the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Wall of Honor.

Text of the speech Honoring Dr. Michael Chumer is as follows:

As research-practitioners, we often find ourselves inspired by faculty pioneers who open up new avenues of conducting research and making available opportunities for topics that would otherwise be nonexistent. Today, we wish to honor one such faculty member who has made it his mission in life to forge such new endeavors for both civil security students and the discipline

Many know him as an advisor, teacher, and subject matter expert. For us, he is indeed the first academic pioneer in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) research. Research which has specifically, allowed students interested in UAS work to further study and test the application, correlation, and effectiveness of useful UAS activity within the context of emergency management, response and recovery.

Further, his efforts have created additional research avenues for effective UAS policy implications and considerations, and likely one day you will be teaching your students about the thousands of drones flying overhead, and how all this came to be by the initial efforts of your professor—and mine—the father of UAS policy advocacy.

Again, those of us with research interests in UAS ventures wish to honor today. Dr. Michael Chumer. Without you, many of our dissertation topics might not be otherwise possible.

In part, Dr Chumer has been recognized for success in obtaining the first FAA Certificate of Waiver/Authorization (COA) in NJ to conduct research on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in order to safely integrate them within the National Airspace within the specific domains of emergency management, Homeland Security and public safety.

Dr Chumer is also recognized as a Homeland Security private sector advocate and subject matter expert (SME), called upon to provide guidance on collaborative communication models that engage the private sector with the public sector during all dimensions of Homeland Security emergency management.

His research focuses on command and control as used in the military and its application to emergency response during multi-agency collaboration such as experienced in Hurricane Katrina and the recent Tsunami disasters.

As a token of our appreciation, we reached out to the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Dr. Chumer, we present to you this Certificate of Registry which reads, “In recognition of your contribution to our aviation and space exploration heritage, Dr. Michael J. Chumer has been inscribed on the National Air and Space Museum’s Wall of Honor as a permanent testament to your commitment to and passion for flight.”

Congratulations on your recognition, and thank you for all that you do.