Mark Safran, Mike Sutherland, and Dr. Al Karlin Join Dewberry’s Geospatial Team


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Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm, announced that Mark Safran, CP, GISP; Mike Sutherland; and Al Karlin, Ph.D., CMS-L, GISP have joined the firm’s geospatial and technology services (GTS) group.

Mark Safran is an associate vice president and senior program manager based in Fairfax, and has more than 30 years of experience in program management and business development with a focus on spatial technologies. In his new role, he is responsible for the oversight of major GTS programs. Safran earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from San Francisco State University (1985). He serves on the council of the American Geographical Society and is also a member of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), Management Association of Private Photogrammetric Surveyors, National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC), and past president of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).

Senior Geospatial Analyst Mike Sutherland, based in Denver, has 10 years of experience and most recently worked for the Cooperative Institute for Research and Environmental Sciences (CIRES) for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the University of Colorado Boulder. As a senior geospatial analyst at Dewberry, Sutherland is responsible for quality control of lidar projects, coastal and topobathymetric domain staff training, and data processing workflow development and refinement. He earned his master’s degree in environmental studies from the College of Charleston (2010) and his bachelor’s degree in political science and environmental studies from the University of Florida (2005). Sutherland is a member of ASPRS.

Based in Tampa, Senior GIS Professional Dr. Alvan Karlin brings with him more than 20 years of experience in the geospatial and remote sensing industry, where he recently worked as a senior GIS scientist for the Southwest Florida Water Management District. He has published numerous research articles and presented at conferences globally, and is an adjunct professor of biology at the University of Tampa. Karlin is actively involved in the Florida statewide lidar mapping project, which covers more than 32,000 square miles of ground. He earned a Ph.D. in theoretical population genetics from Miami University (1978), a master’s in ecology from Indiana State University (1975), and a bachelor’s in biology from Rutgers (1972). Karlin has been an active member of ASPRS for more than 25 years and has served on various committees during his time. He has also participated on various GIS Certification Institute committees.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mark, Mike, and Al to our geospatial team,” states Dewberry Vice President and Director of Remote Sensing Amar Nayegandhi, CP, CMS, GISP. “They each have a strong background in geospatial technologies, which will directly serve our clients by providing the best possible technical and management expertise to support their needs.”

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