Technical Workshop: "Hands-On Drones for Electrical Engineers"


Instructor: Thomas Kaminski

Participants will learn about required components of Drones and work in small groups to build them, using hand tools for mechanical assembly, wiring, and soldering. The drones will be controller with OpenPilot Atom and Revolution Flight Controllers, programmed with Open Source software through a groundstation. Participants will learn how to install, configure, and operate personal computer software used to program, configure, and tune the flight systems. By the end of the day, workshop participants will be able to fly their creations. The Drones built in the Workshop (or more technically, Unmanned Aeronautical Systems or UAVs) will be donated to the UW-Madison Student IEEE Branch for student projects. Advanced systems with cameras, GPS, on-board Linux microcontrollers will also be demonstrated. For more information on the OpenPilot Controllers, visit and for an overview of building drones in a student setting see this recorded video presentation at WN@TL recorded talk on Drones by Tom kaminski. Here:

Instructor Bio:

Tom Kaminski has been an electrical engineer for over 45 years and is a recently retired Instructor of the Industrial Maintenance Department at Madison College. In 1971, he received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1972. After working for five years at NASA, Goddard Space Flight Center, he moved to Madison to
attend graduate school at the University of Wisconsin specializing in Computers and Controls. He recently taught technicians electrical, electronics, and automation subjects. His primary interest is automation systems with emphasis on instrumentation and control. Tom has many years of engineering experience in instrumentation and digital systems and has spent the last 15 years as a teacher, helping technicians to understand the increasingly complex automation systems
used in modern manufacturing.

  Date and Time




  • Date: 06 Dec 2014
  • Time: 08:30 AM to 05:00 PM
  • All times are America/Chicago
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  • 1415 Engineering Drive
  • Madison, Wisconsin
  • United States 53706
  • Building: Engineering Hall
  • Room Number: Room 1438

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  • Co-sponsored by UW-Madison Student Branch
  • Starts 23 October 2014 10:05 AM
  • Ends 05 December 2014 11:00 PM
  • All times are America/Chicago
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8:30: Opening remarks

12:00 Lunch and technical presentation on Drone Photography

4:00 PM Drone Flying

Parking is usually available (for a fee) in the Engineering Ramp on Engineering Drive