WHo WaS Rod Walker?
Professor Rod Walker was a pioneer in civil unmanned aircraft systems / drones. Professor Rod Walker was the founding director of the Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation (ARCAA), co-founder of the UAV Challenge (Outback Rescue), founding Board Member of AAUS, respected researcher and educator at Queensland University of Technology, and a passionate advocate for the civil unmanned aircraft systems industry.
It was Rod’s vision to see drones routinely benefit all Australians in applications such as search and rescue, bushfire fighting, emergency response, environmental and infrastructure management, and the provision of aerial services to rural communities. For more than a decade Rod led industry, government, and academia in addressing the many technical and regulatory challenges facing the realisation of his vision. Sadly Rod passed away before he could see his vision realised. However, he left behind the foundations for a viable and sustainable commercial unmanned aircraft systems industry. You can help us to keep Rod’s dream alive and to honour Rod’s name for generations to come by donating towards the establishment of the Fund.Donate to the Fund