Dr. Orest Pilskalns: CEO Skyyfish Inc. – Orest grew up in Montana and graduated from University of Montana with undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Physics in 1996 and a Master of Science Degree in Computer Science in 1998. After his graduation, Orest was recruited by Lockheed Martin Astronautics and worked for the Image Understanding Group in Denver,
Colorado. At Lockheed Martin he developed novel mapping and image recognition software for the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). In
2000, Orest left Lockheed and received a fellowship to work on a Ph.D. at Washington State University (WSU). He graduated with his doctorate in 2004 and was recruited by the University for a teaching and research position at their Vancouver Campus. At WSU, he started a software company, MapWith.Us, with the help of his graduate students and the Washington State University Research Foundation. In 2014 Orest started a subsidiary venture called Skyefish. Skyefish uses MapWith.Us technology to build the first holistic automated software and hardware solution for the Unmanned Aerial industry. Skyefish is quickly becoming known
for their reliable, automated systems that can be configured for almost any industry, including utilities, search and rescue, land management, construction, security and more. Orest and his team are based in Missoula, MT. He is the author of several issued patents, as well as journal and conference publications. Orest also holds the title of Research Professor at the University of Montana.