Airborne LiDAR and Actionable Data


Airborne LiDAR and Actionable Data

On-demand Webinar | Free

Scanners for rapid, efficient point cloud capture, and high-resolution images, during corridor- and wide-area-mapping projects have redefined expectations related to what it means to efficiently capture actionable data. A panel of experts will discuss how airborne lidar has created a measurable difference for stakeholders of all types.


Jason Derenick
CTO, Exyn Technologies

Dr. Jason Derenick is Exyn’s CTO and a founding team member. He has nearly twenty years of combined academic and industry experience in developing autonomous vehicle systems. In his role, he is responsible for defining and driving the company’s research and development roadmap focusing on GPS-denied navigation and LIDAR-based mapping.

Prior to joining Exyn, he was with United Technologies Corporation (UTC) where he divided his time as a Staff Research Scientist/Engineer between the United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) and the Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation (SAC). From 2013-2015, he served as the PI for Real-time Perception under the SAC/UTRC joint autonomy program and led the development of a LIDAR-based system for landing site selection for autonomous vertical take-off and landing aircraft.

Jason holds a Ph.D. (’09) and an M.S. (’05) in Computer Science from Lehigh University. He served as a post-doctoral research fellow (2009-2011) in the GRASP Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ron Roth
Product Manager, Airborne Topographic LiDAR, Hexagon

With a 38-year career in the electro-optics industry, Ron Roth serves as the product manager for airborne topographic LiDAR at Hexagon. In this role, he provides both technical and market inputs for product development and design on Leica Geosystems’ airborne topographic LiDAR systems.

Previous to this position, Ron was co-founder and business development director for Azimuth Corporation, where he managed all program, sales and marketing activities, including the development of the AeroScan Airborne LiDAR Mapping System, which later became the Leica ALS40.

Ron holds a BSc in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a MBA from Babson College. He was also awarded a United States patent for remote counter balance mechanism.

Michael Sitar
Executive Management Consultant, Riegl

Michael Sitar is an Executive Management Consultant at RIEGL USA and is responsible for the continued growth of RIEGL’s airborne lidar survey solutions in North America.  With over 20 years in the lidar manufacturing industry, Michael was previously Director of Product Management at Teledyne Optech and was responsible for the market research, requirements definition, and introduction of lidar-based survey instrumentation to the global survey industry.  He also served as Business Unit Manager and Product Manager for airborne products, and Operations Manager responsible for production flight qualification and calibration, sensor deliveries, client training, international demonstrations, and technical support. He has experience in project management, business management, strategic planning, business development and technical sales. Michael holds a Technologist diploma from Canadore College in Environmental Biology Technology, a Bachelor of Science from Nipissing University in Environmental Geography, and a Master’s of Environmental Science from the University of Waterloo, with an emphasis on Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing.

Dr. Qassim Abdullah
Chief Scientist, Woolpert

Dr. Qassim Abdullah is an accomplished scientist with more than 40 years of combined industrial, research and development, and academic experience in analytical photogrammetry, digital remote sensing, and civil and surveying engineering. His current responsibilities include designing and managing strategic programs to develop and implement new remote sensing technologies focused on meeting the evolving needs of geospatial users. Currently, Dr. Abdullah is the Chief Scientist for Woolpert Geospatial Services and a member of Woolpert Labs team. In addition, Dr. Abdullah serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and at Penn State teaching graduate courses on UAS, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Carrie McCrea
Data Success Team Lead, Propeller

Carrie McCrea is the executive manager of Propeller’s international team of data scientists, photogrammetrists, and GIS Specialists that processes high volumes of UAV-collected data into actionable high-accuracy 3D site surveys for earthworks sites worldwide. She is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and accomplished geospatial scientist with a comprehensive background in GIS, digital remote sensing, and UAS technologies.

Carrie’s expertise extends from 20 years’ experience as a geospatial scientist working on local, state, national, and international projects in both public and private sectors. Carrie has managed geospatial technology programs at SWCA Environmental Consultants, Wood (formerly Amec Foster Wheeler), and Aurora Water.  Her passion for lidar technology has allowed her to explore innovative applications of lidar data for water and stormwater, risk assessment and hazard mitigation, civil and survey engineering, environmental, and cultural resource applications.


Carla Lauter, Editorial Analyst

Carla Lauter is the editor of Geo Week News. Before joining Diversified Communications, Carla spent 10 years on NASA and National Science Foundation funded projects focusing on Earth science communication. She has worked on web-based outreach and online interactives for NASA Earth Science, including products for satellite missions measuring sea level, salinity and hyperspectral ocean color.

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