March 23-25, 2020 | Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Washington, DC

Welcome Address

Jan 28 2019
1:00 pm - 1:10 pm
Centennial F-H

Welcome Address

Lisa Murray, Group Director, will welcome the crowd to the 2019 International LiDAR Mapping Forum and inaugural edition of Geo Week. Ms.Murray will be joined by Karen Schuckman, Program Manager of ASPRS and Brian Raber, President of MAPPS.

Lisa Murray

Lisa Murray is the director of a group of technology events and media at Diversified Communications, a global event organizer with a dozen offices across the world operating in a variety of business areas. In her role, Ms. Murray oversees Commercial UAV Expo Europe, Commercial UAV Expo Americas and Commercial UAV News. Additionally she is director of SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, International Lidar Mapping Forum and, events and media also focused on measurement and imaging for vertical industries. These market-leading events and media provide professionals access to the education and technology that help them make the best business decisions and connect vendors with qualified buyers. Vertical markets include Surveying & Mapping; Construction; Infrastructure; Process, Power & Utilities; Mining & Aggregates; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Response.

Karen Schuckman

Ms. Karen Schuckman is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University, teaching remote sensing and geospatial technology in the online GIS programs offered by the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. Prior to her move to Penn State, as the Geospatial Technology Leader at URS from 2005-2006, Ms. Schuckman supported response, recovery and mitigation projects with FEMA following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. From 1995 – 2005, she was with the EarthData group, where she held several positions including geospatial applications director for EarthData Solutions,; senior vice-president of EarthData Technologies, and president and general manager of EarthData International of North Carolina. Notable projects led by Ms. Schuckman for EarthData include lidar acquisition for the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program, numerous transportation mapping projects for state DOT’s, and technology demonstration projects for NOAA, NASA and the US Department of Transportation. Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Schuckman worked for the USGS National Mapping Division, in Menlo Park, California. She serves currently as Managing Director of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (APSRS). She is a former vice-chair of the NOAA Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) and a member of the National Research Council Committees on Floodplain Mapping Technologies and FEMA Flood Map Accuracy. She holds a MS in Geospatial Information Systems from Penn State University, is an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist, ASPRS Certified Mapping Scientist – Lidar, and Professional Land Surveyor.

Brian Raber

Brian Raber, is a Vice President within Merrick & Company’s Geomatics Business Unit, located in Greenwood Village, Colorado. Brian has a Geography B.A. from West Virginia University and a M.S. in Geography from the University of Idaho.
As a Vice President at Merrick, Brian’ team has been a force in the strategic growth of the company over the past 28 years into an international geomatics leader. He was also President of the Merrick-owned subsidiaries in Mexico and Colombia. Over his career, Brian has made nearly 70 conference presentations, and published 24 professional papers.
Brian and his project teams have received recognition awards from national and international organizations, including the American Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC), the Management Association of Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS), DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, and the State of Colorado. A few examples are: 2010 DigitalGlobe Latin American “Innovator of the Year” award, and 2008 “Exporter of the Year” by the State of Colorado. In 2015, Merrick was presented with the Geospatial Project of the Year by the Latin America Geospatial Forum, for the Tamaulipas State Cadastral Modernization Program.
Brian also gives back to the community and profession by volunteering his time and talent. Specifically, he is involved in geospatial political advocacy as President of the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS). Additionally, Brian mentors high school students and plans logistics at youth conferences his Catholic church and Archdiocese. Brian is also active as a Board of Director on the West Virginia University Visiting Committee and World Trade Center Denver.


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