The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has announced the formation of a new technical committee focused on unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Joining more than three dozen established committees in the Society’s Machinery Systems technical community, the UAS committee, designated MS-60, will focus on research, education, and the development of standards pertaining to this rapidly expanding area of the agricultural industry. 

The committee is chaired by Wayne Woldt, an associate professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. MS-60 will address the development and applications of unmanned aerial systems in agriculture, associated autonomous control systems, integrated multi-mode sensor payloads, data links and communication systems, and synthesis of UAS-derived data across the full scope of ASABE technical interests.

ASABE welcomes participation on all of its technical committees, including MS-60. Those with interest should contact Travis Tsunemori, ASABE staff engineer, at

ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Further information on the Society can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300, emailing or visiting