Michael Feinman ( currently works for Amazon Prime Air as a Flight Support Engineer/Flight Test Operator in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal of Amazon Prime Air is to deliver packages to customers around the world in 30 minutes or less. As a flight test operator, Feinman is assisting Amazon's expansion into the drone industry. 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. 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. During the spring and summer of 2019, Feinman had a blast working with Dr. Hawthorne and the Citizen Science GIS team. Feinman’s knowledge of aerial imaging and mapping was used under the National Science Foundation’s $1.3 million grant to map eelgrass habitats along North America’s Pacific coast. Throughout the summer, he traveled on behalf of UCF to many sites in California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska to train community partners on how to operate and understand regulations for drone technology. Interested in breaking into the drone industry, having Michael as a guest speaker, or hearing more about Michael's experiences with Citizen Science GIS? Please contact him at the email listed above.

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