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Alison Hunt, ’17
Hometown:
DeForest, Wis.
Career:
UAS pilot
Why UND?
Strong aerospace program

Eye in the sky

Growing up, both of Alison Hunt’s parents served in the Wisconsin National Guard. Now, she is taking a similar path.

Hunt, a 2017 graduate of UND’s John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, is moving on to her career flying unmanned aircraft systems for General Atomics, a defense contractor headquartered in San Diego. Unmanned aircraft manufactured by the company fly as part of military operations around the world.

“I am able to be the eye in the sky to support the troops on the ground,” Hunt said.

Alison reviews flight checklist

Alison Hunt majored in commercial aviation and was a flight instructor for both UAS and planes.

Alison works on ScanEagle drone

UND students like Hunt have access to fly and work on unmanned aircraft vehicles like the ScanEagle.

She always had an interest in flying, but Hunt said it really sparked when she took part in a high school aerospace camp called the Young Eagles.

She elected to attend UND because of its strong aerospace program.

Hunt fell in love with unmanned aircraft systems after taking a course on the subject. And with UND being the first university in the nation to offer such a degree, she decided to make it her major.

“I fell in love with it because it was an industry that was happening right now, and there were a lot of possibilities with it,” she said.

I am able to be the eye in the sky to support the troops on the ground.

At UND, Hunt also majored in commercial aviation and was a flight instructor for both UAS and airplanes. She also was the president of UND’s Women Aviation Chapter, an organization that encourages kids to pursue aviation.

Hunt says she wants more students to experience the thrills of a career in aviation.

“The view while you’re up in the air is amazing,” she said. “You can reach out and touch the clouds. When you’re up there, you see the world from a whole new perspective.”

Hometown:
DeForest, Wis.
Career:
UAS pilot
Why UND?
Strong aerospace program