Meet the MANTIS Students

B.S. Surveying Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics, New Mexico State University (2015)  M.S. Geospatial Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (2017)

B.S. Surveying Engineering with a Minor in Mathematics, New Mexico State University (2015)

M.S. Geospatial Systems Engineering, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (2017)

ISABEL GARCIA - GCSC PH.D. STUDENT

Isabel Garcia is a doctoral student in Coastal and Marine Systems Science advised by Dr. Michael Starek. She received a B.S. in Surveying Engineering with a minor in Mathematics from New Mexico State University in 2015 and a M.S. in Geospatial Systems Engineering from Texas A&M University in 2017. Her master’s research included using UAS to detect and monitor crop stress due to iron chlorosis in grain sorghum. Her future prospective research includes shallow water bathymetry and waveform mapping using UAS.


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MOHAMMAD PASHAEI - GCSC PH.D. STUDENT

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TIISETSO MASIANE - GCSC PH.D. STUDENT

EDUCATION  B.S. Geospatial Computer Science, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (2016)

EDUCATION

B.S. Geospatial Computer Science, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (2016)

BRADLEY KOSKOWICH - GCSC PH.D. STUDENT

Bradley Koskowich is a doctoral student in the Geospatial Computer Science program under the direction of Dr. Starek. He graduated with high honors as a B.S. in Geographic Information Science student at Texas A&M Corpus Christi in 2016. His research focus aims to blend remote sensing products, platforms, and digital reality tools with AI technologies to connect the physical world directly with data. Bradley has developed several full-stack software applications for the Conrad Blucher Institute and Spatial {Query} Lab. His most recent work with the MANTIS Lab, “Virtualot—A Framework Enabling Real-Time Coordinate Transformation & Occlusion Sensitive Tracking Using UAS Products, Deep Learning Object Detection & Traditional Object Tracking Techniques,” was presented at the 2018 International Geospatial and Remote Sensing Symposium.

EDUCATION  B.S. Environmental Geosciences with a Minor in Geography, Texas A&M University - College Station (2014)  M.S. Geography, University of Alabama (2017)

EDUCATION

B.S. Environmental Geosciences with a Minor in Geography, Texas A&M University - College Station (2014)

M.S. Geography, University of Alabama (2017)

KELSI SCHWIND - CMSS PH.D. STUDENT

Kelsi Schwind is a doctoral student in the Coastal and Marine System Sciences program under the advisory of Dr. Starek. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Geosciences with a minor in Geography from Texas A&M University in 2014 and graduated as an Undergraduate Research Scholar. She received her M.S. in Geography from The University of Alabama in 2017, where she studied the potential of UAV-borne LiDAR to estimate biomass in a Costa Rican tropical rainforest. Kelsi's research interests include utilizing terrestrial laser scanning data and structure from motion techniques to estimate volumetric changes in the beach environment and further exploring applications of remote sensing for conservation efforts. 

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JAKE BERRYHILL - GSEN M.S. STUDENT

B.S. Geographic Information Science, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (2017)

B.S. Geographic Information Science, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi (2017)

DANIEL MARTINEZ - GSEN M.S. STUDENT

Daniel Martinez grew up in Corpus Christi where he attended Moody High School. As a result, Daniel has been very active and passionate in his outreach efforts to local high schools. He has made many trips to local high schools and middle schools to give presentations and demonstrations of drone and land surveying technologies and he actively recruits youngsters to the Geographic Information Science programs at TAMUCC. Daniel currently works full time at the Port of Corpus Christi but is finishing his MS online. His thesis focuses on maintenance applications of routine drone surveys of the TAMUCC campus.

EDUCATION  B.A. in Environmental Science and Earth Science – Baylor University (2014)  AAS Land Surveying Technology – Texas State Technical College (2016)

EDUCATION

B.A. in Environmental Science and Earth Science – Baylor University (2014)

AAS Land Surveying Technology – Texas State Technical College (2016)

KEVIN WILSON - GSEN M.S. STUDENT

Kevin Wilson comes from Corpus Christi, Texas with an interest in Environmental Science and Geology. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Earth Science at Baylor University in 2014. In 2015, he was introduced to Geomatics and by 2016 he had acquired his associate’s degree in Land Surveying Technology at Texas State Technical College. Kevin is currently a Master’s student in the Geospatial Systems Engineering (GSEN) program under the direction of Dr. Michael Starek. Kevin has prior experience in the use of small UAS platforms in precision agriculture and multispectral analysis but his current focus and work includes performing local surveys using small UAS platforms and LiDAR, registering and assessing the accuracy of the resulting point clouds. 

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andy vigstol - STUDENT

Andy has 19 years of civil engineering and field experience throughout the Corpus Christi area. He has served as design engineer for numerous street projects for the City of Corpus Christi, providing an understanding of local standards and design factors. In addition to working on several City of Corpus Christi street projects, he has managed numerous highway, bridge, and infrastructure projects throughout the Coastal Bend and is knowledgeable of local constructability issues and considerations.

B.S. in Geographical Engineering and Environmental Management – Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

B.S. in Geographical Engineering and Environmental Management – Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

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Edison Sebastian Veloz comes from Pujilí – Ecuador. He earned his undergraduate degree in Geographical Engineering and Environmental Management at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador. Edison is a master’s student in the Geospatial Systems Engineering (GSEN) under the direction of Dr. Michael Starek. His field of interest and research is the analysis of environmental impacts through the utilization of geospatial technologies such as UAS platforms, multispectral imagery, and satellite imagery. His professional experience includes the analysis and treatment of geospatial and environmental information for public and private entities.