Kayla Keller

This entry is part 15 of 27 in the series December 2023/January 2024

24 Young Geospatial Professionals to Watch in 2024

Company: Woolpert
Current position: Geospatial team leader, remote sensing
Age: 33
Education: MS, GIS, University of Washington; BS, geography, Ohio State University

Keller is a geospatial team leader who focuses on project phase management as well as remote sensing priorities. In this role, she assists with the management of planning, schedules, and budgets.

Keller performs technical work and QA/QC in addition to managing the work of others. In her remote sensing technician role, Keller has gained experience with data management and acquisition, problem solving with a sustainability mindset, and geospatial data analysis. She has worked with impervious surface data, landcover, and structure capture (change detection). She has extensive experience with county clients and has completed tasks related to landcover classification, building footprints, elevation-derived hydrology, and impervious surface capture.

Keller acts as a subject matter expert providing project deliverable development oversight, creating, refining, and implementing technical processes, and furnishing technical support to Woolpert markets and practices. She develops and reinforces QA/QC standards while creating and overseeing the quality of deliverables prepared by team members.

She trains, coaches, and mentors various staff on existing or new technical requirements. She also resolves issues impacting technical project objectives. She leads or supports her team in technical scope and budget/pricing development for proposals and dynamic project planning. She supports client relationships and business development in support of strategic business plans. She acts as a key point of internal contact for technical needs and identifies plan-versus-actual performance variances. She also provides monthly reporting of resource planning, percent completes, budget dollar variance, and market communications.

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