Watershed Sciences, Inc. (WSI) was established to provide water quality modeling services in 1999, using remote sensing data such as aerial imagery and thermal infrared data to map and model watersheds throughout Oregon.
Since then, the company has grown from 4 to more than 100 full time employees and while a significant number of projects are located in the Pacific Northwest, WSI now works throughout North America including Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico. With a commitment to innovation and the use of state-of-the-art technology, the company's core services have also expanded considerably. Today, WSI is an industry leader in applied remote sensing and analysis, pioneering the use of high resolution Light Detection & Ranging (LiDAR), the primary technology behind WSI's growth.
To keep pace with our growth and to maintain our R&D focus, WSI recently moved into a new, state-of-the-art production facility in downtown Portland (photo below), which provides 12,500 square feet of workspace, 76 workstations, 10 miles of high speed cable to support data transfer, and an environmentally controlled data storage room. With its close proximity to Oregon State University, WSI's Corvallis office is frequently engaged in collaboration with research professionals working in geospatial and natural resources departments and we continue to provide cutting edge solutions on vegetation mapping, thermal modeling and wide area LiDAR terrain mapping.
Obviously, our people are our greatest asset and in spite of WSI's rapid ascent from small company status to industry innovator, the company has surprisingly maintained its energetic vibe and cool culture that is distinctly...Oregon. We challenge individuals to grow intellectually, contribute to total team improvement and have fun doing it! In short, it is a great place to work!
Matthew Boyd, Chief Technology Officer & Co-CEO
Matthew Boyd is responsible for research & development, procurement and implementation of airborne remote sensing technology at WSI. Since joining WSI in 2004, Mr. Boyd has developed the company's LiDAR program, which has grown to 5 systems employed throughout North America. He is responsible for the "survey grade" high resolution LiDAR specification that has become the standard in the PNW. Mr. Boyd has recently developed software called LiDAR Feature Extraction (LFEx) for characterizing buildings, vegetation, roads and normalizing intensity imagery from discrete LiDAR point data. He has worked with several clients in the development of custom programming, visualization and decision support tools. Mr. Boyd is a hydrologist by training and received Masters Degrees at Oregon State University in Civil Engineering and Bioengineering. He developed the model Heat Source to model physical and thermal salmon habitat using remotely sensed thermal and LiDAR data as model inputs. Prior to joining WSI, Mr. Boyd also led, collaborated and contributed to various projects employing the ACOE suite of HEC models and CE-QUAL-W2.
Russell Faux, Principal & Co-CEO
Russell Faux founded Watershed Sciences, Inc. in the late 1990's. He is a remote sensing specialist and research collaborator with over 20 years experience in data acquisitions and analyses for airborne sensors including Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), thermal infrared, and multispectral and hyperspectral imagery. He has successfully managed and provided technical guidance on a range of remote sensing surveying and mapping projects across a number of landscape types in the United States for a variety of federal, state and private clients, some exceeding 2 million acres in size. In addition, Mr. Faux has successfully led or collaborated on a sizeable number of IDIQs and other project teams to support multimillion dollar mapping and GIS analysis efforts. Mr. Faux is active in collaborating with universities and other research institutions (serving on the Executive Board of the Precision Forestry Cooperative, University of Washington) to refine remote sensing applications towards meeting real-world needs and solving contemporary characterization and inventory problems. Mr. Faux received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Penn State University and an M.S. in Bioresource Engineering from Oregon State University.
Susan Jackson, Chief Marketing Officer
Susan Jackson serves as Chief Marketing Officer and is responsible for leading the business development and marketing mission of WSI including strategic planning, branding and marketing communications, new market segmentation and building a sales and marketing team to support corporate growth goals. Ms. Jackson has more than a decade of experience in the remote sensing and geospatial industry and has been successful in market trend analysis and contribution to product direction and strategy through facilitation of client feedback loops. For more than 7 years, she has focused on business development within the utility, water and private sector markets. Prior to joining WSI, Susan was the Geomatics Lead at Tetra Tech where she coordinated multi-discipline work teams for Airborne Remote Sensing projects and led corporate-wide collaboration between aerial, land and marine survey services. Ms. Jackson earned a B.S. (Magna Cum Laude) in Land Use & Geographic Information Systems from Metropolitan State College of Denver and an MBA (Magna Cum Laude) from Regis University, Denver, CO.