Greg Koeln is MDA’s Chief Technology Officer. He has over 40 years of experience developing geospatial techniques for natural resources, defense, and intelligence applications. Since joining MDA in 1992, he has held several positions including Company President, and Vice President and later Senior Vice President of the Geospatial Solutions business unit. Greg has helped to grow the company from fewer than 50 staff members to over 400 staff members today. He has been a member of the Board of Managers since 2009.
Highlights of his extensive career include:
- Developing a unique change detection methodology (U.S. patent No.: 5,719,949) which greatly reduces the cost of updating maps and other geospatial products and provides tipoffs of international facilities of interest to the U.S. Defense and Intelligence Community.
- Creating an area frame sampling process that improves the accuracy of agricultural and forest inventories and is used for illicit crop inventories.
- Serving as Principal Investigator for the NASA Grant, “Integrating NASA Earth Science Research into a Crop Insurance Decision Support System.” MDA has used the tools developed under this grant to create various other decision support systems for agriculture, including web mapping services and social media analyses.
Prior to joining MDA, Greg was the Director of the Habitat Inventory and Evaluation program for Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (1984-1992). He also served as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1982-1984) where he created the Natural Heritage Database for Missouri Department of Conservation.
He received his Ph.D. (1980) in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a M.S. (1977) in Wildlife Biology from Mississippi State University, and a B.S. (1974) in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University.