North America Committee

Christian Haselwimmer

Christian Haselwimmer

Dr. Christian Haselwimmer, Chairman of the GRSG North American Committee, is a Remote Sensing Scientist with Chevron Energy Technology Company’s Environmental Unit, based in San Ramon, CA. ETC’s remote sensing group is involved in developing and deploying remote sensing techniques with the aim of reducing the environmental footprint of Chevron’s activities. Prior to joining Chevron ETC, Christian was a post-doctoral research fellow at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he worked on the application of multisource remote sensing to the mapping and quantitative resource assessments of geothermal systems in the State of Alaska. He has work experience and interests in the development and application of remote sensing to energy and geological resource studies. His work experience covers a wide range of remote sensing approaches including hyperspectral, SAR, and hyperspatial remote sensing from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Christian has a PhD in Geological Remote Sensing from Imperial College London (awarded in 2010), an MSc in Remote Sensing from University College London, and a BSc in Geological Sciences from Oxford Brookes University.

Andrea Steffke

Andrea SteffkeDr. Andrea Steffke is a Remote Sensing Scientist with Chevron Energy Technology company’s Environmental Unit, based in San Ramon, CA. ETC’s remote sensing group is involved in developing and implementing remote sensing techniques with applications for monitoring and minimizing our operations environmental footprint. Prior to joining Chevron ETC, Andrea was a post-doctoral fellow at the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology and the Infrasound Laboratory utilizing remote sensing techniques to monitor volcanic activity. She has experience working with a wide range of remote sensing data, ranging from hyperspectral to high temporal resolution operational imagery with applications ranging from mineral mapping to operational monitoring.

Ayo Adediran

Ayo AdediranAyo Adediran is currently the Remote Sensing Focal Point for Shell Canada Limited coordinating all aspects of Remote Sensing technologies, data analysis and applications. Since joining Shell in 2008 he has held other positions that include GIS Specialist, Environmental Specialist and work in Reclamation Research. Prior to joining Shell, Ayo worked as a Remote Sensing/Environmental Research Associate on several European Union Funded Research projects in Greece. In 2000, he was a principal team member on the team that pioneered the use of 20-meter spatial resolution (SPOT IV) multispectral imagery for landcover classification of Crete Island in Greece based on CORINE classification. His work experiences include working as a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada with research focused on the relationship between terrain units and biophysical processes. Previously he worked as a GIS Specialist with the Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (ASRD), International Forest (INTERFOR), BC and Pope & Talbot, BC, Canada. Ayo holds a B.Sc degree (Hons.) in Physical Geography from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, a Specialist Postgraduate Diploma in Natural Resources and a Master of Science (maxima cum laude) in Environmental Management and Geomatics from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, Crete.

Conrad Wright

Conrad WrightConrad began his career as an Imagery Intelligence Analyst with the US Air Force. He spent 8 years with the Nevada Air Nation Guard 152nd Intelligence Squadron which included Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following the Nevada Air National Guard, Conrad joined SpecTIR, LLC as Operations Manager before becoming the Director of Operations. After four years of involvement in operations he made the transition to Business Development. After two years of domestic development Conrad began developing the energy industry to include mining as well as upstream and downstream oil and gas applications. Conrad also served as Chief Business Development Officer overseeing all Business Development and International Operations across all application segments, but his main focus was in developing and maintaining long term working relationships with companies around the world and providing them with hyperspectral solutions for their unique sensing needs.

He now serves as President/CEO of Terra Core International, a hyperspectral services and solutions provider dedicated to applying hyperspectral core logging to the mining and energy industries. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business and Marketing from Texas Tech University.

Dennis Nazarenko

Dennis NazarenkoDennis Nazarenko is currently working for LOOKNorth, a Canadian Centre of Excellence with a mandate to promote the broader adoption of remote sensing technologies within the Canadian oil and gas and mining sectors operating in northern environment. They are located in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Dennis’ role is to interface with industry to identify information requirements and potential gaps that can be addressed using remote sensing techniques. Areas of interest cover all stages of either a terrestrial or offshore based resource project life cycle. Dennis has a M.Sc. in Geography with an emphasis on remote sensing and has over thirty years experience in the application of remote sensing for private sector needs. His work experience includes several years in the offshore oil and gas, marine transportation and telecommunications industries.

Jeff Harris

Jeff HarrisJeff Harris is a Research Scientist at the Geological Survey of Canada where he is the leader of the Remote Predictive Mapping (RPM) project dealing with the application and development of techniques for the extraction of geological information from remotely sensed data. He has had over 30 years experience in the application of remote sensing to geological mapping and exploration and has written a number of books on the application of remote sensing and GIS to geology. He has published over 50 journal papers on the same subject. Dr Harris is an adjunct professor with McMaster University in Hamilton and Ottawa University and has taught a variety of geomatics courses at Algonquin college in Ottawa over the last 25 years.

Jerry Helfand

Jerry Helfand

Jerry Helfand has a broad range of geophysical experience with prior work in the Department of Defense. Jerry then joined Exxon and started off as a potential fields geophysicist, achieving recognition as expert before migrating to Remote Sensing consultation. In remote sensing, he started with image processing and geological analysis, to advanced processing, training others, identifying external remote sensing technologies with applications to ExxonMobil projects, and providing guidance on research activities. He continues to provide consultation to a broad spectrum of Upstream projects. At the moment, he is building ExxonMobil capacity in remote sensing by improving our data handling, improving IT involvement in the technology, working to create a training program, and working to improve our remote sensing toolkit.

Lori Wickert

Lori Wickert
Lori Wickert is a Remote Sensing and Spectral Geologist and currently Principal Consultant – Remote Sensing to Newmont Mining’s Remote Sensing and Regolith Terrain Mapping, Global Exploration Solution’s Group. Prior to working with Newmont, Lori worked as a consultant to the Geological Survey of Canada, and was the Technical Project lead for their successful SINED Hyperspectral Data acquisition project for the Hope Bay and Hackett River Greenstone Belts in Nunavut, Canada in 2009, as well as other GSC-GEM projects. Lori has an Honours Bachelor Degree in Geology from the University of British Columbia, a Masters Degree in Mineralogy and Geochemistry from the University of Alberta and is currently pursuing a PhD (part-time) in geological remote sensing from McMaster University. Prior to starting her PhD Lori worked as a Research Geologist for Alcan International (Aluminium) Ltd., on the characterization and processing testing of bauxites, from their R & D facilities in Jonquiere, Quebec. Currently Lori’s research interest lies with multispectral/hyperspectral and ground-truthing spectral characterization of rocks and alteration sequences associated with Au systems. Her PhD topics include the use of ASTER multispectral data for geological mapping of Belcher Island (Nunavut) volcanoclastic rocks, and hyperspectral imagery/ground truthing to map the mineralogical variability in magmatic sequences in the Cape Smith Ni, Cu-PGE deposit (N. Quebec).

May Yuan

May YuanDr. May Yuan is Ashbel Smith Professor of Geospatial Information Sciences in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. Over the last 20 years, her research has developed new approaches to represent geographic processes and events in GIS databases to support space-time query, analytics and knowledge discovery. Her publications (75+) span fundamental and applied GIScience by developing new GIS data models and analysis methods to address environmental, ecological, and social problems. Her recent work expands to cyber GIS and spatial big data. Her research has been supported by NSF, NASA, DoD, DHS, DoJ, DoE, NOAA, USGS, state government agencies, and the industry. She currently serves as the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, member of the editorial boards of Annals of American Association of Geographers and Cartography and Geographical Information Science, and member of the academic committee of United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. She also served on Mapping Science Committee at the National Research Council (2009-2014) and President of University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (2011-2012).

Robin Leventhal

Robin LeventhalRobin Leventhal joined Spatial Energy in 2010 with over twenty years of experience in marketing, technology and media. She has been responsible for expanding the Spatial Energy worldwide presence and market leading position as provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation products and advanced geospatial solutions to the oil and gas industry. Prior to working with Spatial Energy, Robin spent five years as Director of Marketing for First Consulting Group (then the nation’s largest health care technology firm) driving strategy and field marketing for two divisions, and prior to that served as marketing director for several early-stage Internet technology firms. Previously, Ms. Leventhal was with ASCAP, the world’s largest music rights organization, where she spearheaded the organization’s foray into digital media. She also worked at PBS affiliate WNET-13, and was the first woman line producer at CBS Sports. Ms. Leventhal received her bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in public policy.