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Joseph P Hupy

Forestry and Natural Resources 

  • Courtesy Appointment FNR/Polytechnic Institute - Associate Professor
NISW Room 107
1401 Aviation Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907

 General Information

I have 20+ years of utilizing various tools and methods to gather geospatial data for integration into Geographic Information Systems software. This experience with geospatial data collection methods has led towards an innate understanding of best practices for gathering data to solve questions at the landscape level. As an undergraduate, I majored in Geography with an emphasis in GIS/RS, and have continued to use these technologies over the years in all my research endeavors. From my masters research studying wind erosion, to my PhD research examining recovery of WWI battlefields, I have always embraced a variety of spatial data collection methods and equipment from the traditional to the modern.

In May of 2010, my work on the Khe Sanh battlefield, examining how that landscape has recovered from explosive munitions, led me towards looking for a better alternative toward conducting microtopographic surveys in dangerous environments. I soon began experimenting with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and have since devoted myself to this line of work. My research is not on the engineering side, but on the side of integrating various sensors with the UAS platform, working with others on best data collection strategies and methods to answer the spatially related questions. This pursuit of low-altitude, high-resolution spatial data has led me to data collection on a variety of platforms ranging from kites to balloons, to UAS multi-rotor and fixed wing platforms. Since I first began working UAS in 2011, the use of UAS, along with the technology, have exploded. I’m happy to say that while the learning curve has been steep, I love the thrill of working with the technology in so many different capacities. I came to Purdue and the School of Aviation & Transportation Technology because of the great engineering and aviation infrastructure in place to develop a world-class UAS program.

Michigan State University, Ph.D. in Geography, Emphasis: Soil Geomorphology | East Lansing, MI, 2005
New Mexico State University, M.A. in Geography, Emphasis: Aeolian Geomorphology | Las Cruces, NM, 2001
Central Michigan University, B.S. in Geography | Emphasis: GIS/Remote Sensing | Mt. Pleasant, MI, 1998

United States Department of Interior UAS Firefighting Certified (2018)
FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot License (2016)
C-Astral Bramor ppX UAS Operator Certified (2016)​
Robota Goose Autopilot & Ground Control Software in Super Nova Aircraft (2013)

2016 University of Wisconsin System Regent Scholar. Lowering Overhead Industry Costs within the Industrial Aggregate and Sand Mining Industry using Unmanned Aerial Systems

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