Michael Feinman, a rising junior student at the University of Central Florida, is currently studying Integrated Business combined with a Spanish minor. With a love for technology and leadership, Feinman transformed his childhood hobby for remote controlled toys into a money-making business. Feinman developed his business, New Perspective Imaging, LLC, during his senior of high school. He then went on to obtain his Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 certification to operate drones commercially. In the fall 2018 semester, he had the opportunity to study abroad in Spain, and fly drones around Europe. During his Freshman year, Feinman was offered a position with the UCF Department of Security and Emergency Management handling drone operations for the university. With this Department, Feinman traveled to the Arecibo Observatory to complete an aerial damage assessment of the site. He also assisted other UCF departments including Landscape and Natural Resources, Facilities Planning and Construction, and Athletics, with various aerial operations. Throughout 2019, Feinman is excited to be working with Dr. Hawthorne and the Citizen Science GIS team. Feinman’s knowledge of aerial imaging will be used to assist under the National Science Foundation’s grant to map eelgrass habitats along North America’s Pacific coast. He will also be training community partners on how to operate and understand regulations for drone technology.

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