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Drone Presentation - March 2nd

I2R UAV Imaging

Innovative Imaging and Research (I2R) is a small, women owned business with offices in the business incubator managed by the Mississippi Enterprise for Technology (MsET) at Stennis Space Center. Founded in 2007, with primarily a research and development focus, I2R specializes in remote sensing, geospatial, and optics-based products and services to industry and government customers. In addition, they provide engineering services to improve geospatial products such as calibrating instruments and developing custom algorithms to enhance image quality. 

Presentation will be in the Glazier Room, 1st Floor in Building 1103 at Stennis Space Center.

10- 11:30 Session 1 - Intro to UAV's, FAA regs, and UAV capabilities for environmental monitoring;
Lunch Break;
12:30-2:00 Session 2 - Sensors and processing , ground control, upcoming RTK and onboard processing, I2R Lab Tour;
and Flight Demo.

Updated Bylaws

Members, we are looking to update our bylaws and would love your approval. In the updated bylaws we have added page numbers and changed procedures for Nominations Committee. If you are opposed to any of these changes, please contact Ryan Ozment.

Meet the new Vice Chair:
Laura Sheely!

Where do you work? What is your position? How long have you been in this position?  I am a full-time law student right now.  I will graduate in May 2017 and then will take the Mississippi bar exam.  I have accepted a position at Butler Snow to begin in August 2017 where I plan to practice environmental law.  Prior to law school I worked as a project manager at FTN Associates, Ltd. for 7 years. Before that I worked as an environmental engineer in the water quality section of MDEQ.

Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?  What did you study? I was born near Philadelphia, PA, but my family moved to the south when I was young.  I graduated from Madison Central High School and then went to Mississippi State where I majored in biological engineering.  While I was working at MDEQ, I completed an MS in environmental engineering through a part-time program administered by the University of Mississippi.  I see education as a life-long pursuit, and so it is not surprising that I am still a student.

How did you get into the environmental field? Looking back, I have held an appreciation for our outdoor environments from a young age.  I was also interested in science and math, so environmental engineering seemed like a good fit.  My first job at MDEQ introduced me to water quality, which has been a central focus of my career ever since.

What is rewarding about your job? My past positions have allowed me to work in a collaborative manner with both regulators and the regulated community.  I have enjoyed many of the people that I have come in contact with through my work.  Of course, there is a great deal of satisfaction in knowing that my work has helped support economic development in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Any special hobbies or interests? What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? As a law student, much of my time is spent reading and writing.  Even though most of my classes cover other areas of the law, I do my best to keep up with environmental regulations of both the state and federal level and following ongoing litigation.  Aside from academic work, I enjoy bicycling, running, hiking—basically anything that involves getting outside.  I hope to have the time to get back to SCUBA diving soon (a pre-law school hobby).

What is the toughest job you've had? Why? The toughest job I’ve had is being a mom to my 11-year old son, Robert.  It’s a job that requires unlimited hours and a lot of patience, but also brings me the greatest joy.  My son energetic and quite creative in his approach to the world.  He has challenged me in many ways.  Professionally, I enjoy having a “tough job” that requires me to think about the on-the-ground impact of environmental regulations.  For example, much of my early career involved water quality modeling of river systems.  I always found it a challenge, but extremely important, to step out from behind my computer screed and try to compare the mathematical results to the real-world. 
Laura and her son, Robert
How did you get involved with A&WMA? I initially joined A&WMA when I worked as a consultant for FTN Associates as a way to keep current and learn about the concerns of environmental managers.  I have continued involvement as a law student because I feel the association provides learning experiences that will be beneficial to my future clients.

What goals and plans do you have for Mississippi Chapter of A&WMA? Mississippi has a great group of educated and dedicated people in the environmental field.  The state also boasts a wealth of natural resources, that give us a huge potential.  With this, as a new A&WMA officer, I hope to build on the success of previous officers by continuing to support educational programs and fellowship among members.

Annual Air Workshop

MDEQ, Trinity Consultants, and Butler Snow will be hosting the annual Air Workshop April 27th, at the Butler Snow Building in Ridgeland. More info coming soon!

Mentor/Mentee Program

Are you interested in mentoring a young professional in A&WMA? Or are you a young professional who would love to hear a different perspective about the environmental field?  Contact Kevin Kowalewski for more informtion about our YP Mentoring Program.

Would you be interested in the Mentor/Mentee Program?
Yes, as a mentor
Yes, as a mentee

Congratulations to Angel Loveless, the winner of the Mississippi Chapter Science Fair Award from Region I, February 17, 2017.
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