Laura Schmidt holds both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree from the University of South Carolina’s well respected Geography program. Her thesis work in LiDAR was chaired by Dr. John Jenson, a pioneer in the remote sensing fields. She began her professional career in 2001 as a Resource Coordinator within the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS). Research for her thesis and her work for NERRS included work with NASA and NOAA in the use of multi-spectral data and LiDAR to map elements of coastal eco-systems. She was also regularly called upon to facilitate multi-agency workshops related to the shared concerns of stakeholder agencies. Her duties called for considerable creative problem solving as well as keen scientific insights.
For the past six years, Laura has worked in geo-spatial asset management with the US Army’s National Guard Bureau (NGB). Her work with NGB has involved GPS data collection, aerial photo interpretation, data conversion, and large-scale data management. She has acted in the capacities of instructor, tech support, and liaison. This work has brought her into regular contact with large players in the government contract world as well as national agencies. She has an acute sense of professionalism and has earned the respect of those with whom she has worked, both at the national and local levels.