Staff Writers

Jeremiah Karpowicz

Jeremiah Karpowicz is the Executive Editor for Commercial UAV News. He has created articles, videos, newsletters, ebooks and plenty more for various communities as a contributor and editor. He is also the author of a number of industry specific reports that feature exclusive insights and information around how drones are being used in various markets. You can read all of those reports here. Get in touch with him on Twitter: @jeremiahkarp

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Juan Plaza

Juan received a degree in Geodesy and a master in digital photogrammetry from Universidad Central de Venezuela and a MBA in international Finance from Florida International University. He has over 750 hours of experience in photogrammetry navigation and camera operation in aircraft as varied as WWII B-25, Cessna 310, Lear Jet 25C and Piper Aztec. Juan holds a private pilot certificate with instrument rating and is currently working on his commercial multiengine certificate. Juan has been selling mapping UAV’s in Latin America for four years and is a frequent guest speaker in events where the safety of flying UAV’s and the fact that unmanned and manned aircraft inevitably will share the same airspace, is a relevant topic. He is the CEO of Juan B Plaza Consulting, a services’ firm specializing in UAV and general aviation issues.

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Sam Hill

Samuel Hill is associate editor for Commercial UAV News He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine where he got his start in journalism at the campus’ newspaper, the Free Press. He has also written for the Bangor Daily News, the Outline, Motherboard and other publications about technology and culture. Follow him on Twitter: @samahill

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Commercial UAV News Contributors

João Antunes

Technology in general makes João Antunes tick, but the specific ways it has created and changed the landscape in IT, gaming and computers ignited curiosity that’s turned into a passion for him. As the son of a journalist writing about how these industries have emerged and evolved, he has an incredible perspective when it comes to understanding the kind of disruption new technologies can create in a given space. He’s committed to showcasing what that disruption will mean for professionals as they work to utilize brand new pieces of hardware, software, systems and processes.

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Rachel Mulholland

Rachel is a highly skilled professional with a proven track record of managerial success. With over 12 years of experience, she has cultivated a career that extends across a diverse range of industries and cultural settings. She has dedicated her talents to non-profits, start-ups and Fortune 200 companies ranging in geographic location from New England to the Rocky Mountains, the Mid-West and the Hawaiian Islands. She is exceptionally skilled at identifying barriers, developing sustainable solutions, motivating cross-functional teams, and delivering high quality results. Rachel is most proud of her work as the leader of a 10-person Trespass Mitigation Team with a Fortune 200 company. Under her leadership, the team successfully designed and implemented a groundbreaking trespass mitigation model, the first of its kind in the transportation industry and they were awarded a World-Class Safety Innovation Award in 2017. In 2018, Rachel led several complex systemic integrations for one of the nation’s largest industrial UAS programs, relying again on cross-functional teamwork to get the job done. She is most proud of the fully-integrated UAS Training Program that she successfully created. She served as the conduit between several specialized work teams to create a sophisticated program that alleviated workflow gaps across more than nine different functional areas.

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Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan has written about drone cargo ships for Rolls-Royce, about the use of drones to bring Web connectivity for Facebook, and about drones used in mining, construction and elsewhere for Kespry. A longtime Engineering News-Record (ENR) contributor, he’s helped the magazine win three American Society of Business Publication Editors awards for reporting and writing. He has written about construction tech for ENR, BuiltWorlds and Cadalyst, and for corporations including Procore, ARC Document Solutions and others. A longtime freelance journalist and tech writer, he’s contributed to Fortune, Reuters and other media, and has reported for the Wall Street Journal and New York Times. He earned a BA in Professional Writing and Creative Writing from Carnegie Mellon University.

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Will Tompkinson

Having spent over 14 years working in metrology and geomatics, in roles ranging from Research Scientist, Technical Consultant through to Global Sales Manager; Will Tompkinson is now Owner and Consulting Lead for Insightful Dimensions.

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Eric Andelin CP, GISP., brings 35 years experience to the mapping profession. Eric’s Geospatial background includes: Survey, Aerial Photography, Photogrammetry, GIS and Laser Scanning. Eric is consistently seeking new technologies to further our profession.

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Bill Emison

Bill Emison is the chief executive of Emison Technical Marketing, Ltd., a geospatial marketing and communications professional services firm based in Denver, Colorado. Bill has been involved in the geospatial industry since 1993 and has extensive marketing and communications skills, as well as significant business development capabilities.

In his current position, Bill provides professional support for technical sales and marketing campaigns within the geospatial, infrastructure and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) markets. Bill is a dynamic marketer providing consulting services to help technical firms craft their messaging, build brand awareness and execute promotional campaigns, including support for industry trade shows and conferences.

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The Unmanned Safety Institute is a professional flight safety organization for operators, enterprises, and organizations focused on integrating and operating UAS safely for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute provides UAS flight safety standards and training through the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety and training practices. USI certifications are recognized by many leading aviation insurance providers to include Global Aerospace, which selected USI as its official and exclusive UAS training provider under its SM4 Safety Initiative. To learn more about USI, please visit ARGUS International, Inc., acquired USI in 2016. USI is headquartered in Orlando, FL, with offices in Denver, CO, Cincinnati, OH, and Columbus, OH.

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