2017 IMAGIN Conference
Sgt. Matt Rogers, is currently assigned at Michigan State Police (MSP), Aviation unit, and has 21 years of law enforcement experience. Sergeant Rogers began the Unmanned Arial System (UAS) program by applying for our COA in July of 2014. Since MSP became operational in March of 2015, the UAS program has logged over 200 law enforcement support missions including fire, crime and accident scenes and barricaded gunmen. Several other uses of the UAS have been developed since MSP became operational. Sergeant Rogers currently holds a manned private pilot/Instrument aircraft license.
|Ms. Nikkia Anderson is a GIS Analyst at the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD), where she maintains spatial data and processes UAS imagery. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and has a BA in International Studies, and a specialization in Spatial Information Processing in 2003. Ms. Anderson graduated from Western Michigan University with a master’s degree in Geography in 2008. After graduation she worked for Navteq for four years before joining the Michigan State Police in 2012.
Mr. Walter Chomentowski began working as a GIS and remote sensing specialist in the Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) in 2014. Since starting at MSP Mr. Chomentowski has been collaborating with the MSP Aviation Unit to improve situational awareness during state emergencies using the Trooper 2 helicopter and the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS). Mr. Chomentowski holds degrees from Purdue University and Yale University. Prior to the MSP Mr. Chomentowski worked at Michigan State University and University of New Hampshire using GIS and Remote Sensing to quantify global deforestation rates in the tropics. Walter has co-authored several papers in scientific journals associated with his work in the tropics. This summer Walter and his colleagues will be presenting at the ESRI User Conference about how online GIS was utilized in the Flint water emergency.
Chris Treter, co-founder of On The Ground, which supports sustainable community development in farming regions across the world, and director of Higher Grounds Trading Company will start our day on Tuesday sharing the challenges and dangers faced by both himself and the local farmers in impoverished coffee growing countries across the world.
Chris Treter downplays the danger of his travels to war-ravaged Democratic Republic of the Congo. He's grown a little blase about having firearms, and in one case a bazooka, pointed in his direction.
"I had to duck because of an illegal checkpoint. I thought they were going to shoot," said Treter.
"It's a calculated risk," he says of his 10 trips over the past three years.
So what's the reward? Really good coffee.