Allhiser Award: Michael Mortensen
Michael Mortensen, director of Carroll’s aviation science program and clinical associate professor of graphic design and interactive arts, is the recipient of the 2023 Alliher Award for Teaching Excellence. This award was established in 1986 through a fund established by Norman and Louise Allhiser to recognize exceptional instruction by a member of the Carroll faculty.
Mortensen, who joined Carroll in 2008, is an accomplished programmer, remote sensing systems designer, multimedia designer, creative director, Part 107 certified unmanned aircraft pilot and cinematographer. He earned his master’s degree in aerospace architecture at the University of Houston, where he was selected as a research assistant for the Manned Mars NASA team at Johnson Space Center. Mortensen also serves as the lead Unmanned Aircraft Systems safety representative for the FAA safety team.
Mortensen has extensive Unmanned Aircraft Systems experience with law enforcement agencies, including search and recoveries, hostage rescue training, unmanned aircraft systems, forensics, emergency responders, and surveillance detection. As a member of the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN), he is trusted with sensitive but unclassified information between federal, state, local, territorial, tribal, international and private sector partners.
In addition, Mortensen leads Carroll’s annual high school drone competition, Aerospace Jam, serves as a technical co-chair for the SkillsUSA Wisconsin regional drone competition, and serves as the instructor for the Carroll drone racing team.