An Interview with Image and Data Processor – Diana Herrmann
It’s World Space Week and the theme for 2021 is ‘Women in Space’.
For the final part of our interview series in celebration of World Space Week we are going to hear from our wonderful Diana Herrmann, Image and Data Processor at Geoimage.
Hey Diana. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Diana: My love for geospatial science and technology began at an early age where I was often collecting maps and looking through Atlas books. I found this very fascinating looking at the world. I later graduated from the University of Applied Sciences in Dresden Germany with first class honors. My majors were GIS and Remote Sensing. In my career I have worked with aerial data and LiDAR acquisition, however a real passion of mine was to move into satellite imagery. This is where I found Geoimage. My journey with Geoimage started more than a decade ago where I am one of the Image and Data Processors for you bet, satellite imagery!
Apart from my love of space and GIS I am reading and playing with my two cats. I also practice Capoeira which is a type of Brazilian martial arts.
What are some projects or missions you have coming up you could share with us?
Diana: Projects are always plentiful here at Geoimage – I could work on a project in Iceland helping our clients in monitoring ice shelf movement in the morning, moving to working on clay mineral detection in Central Kazakhstan at lunchtime, then in the afternoon data over Western Australia’s Pilbara region for environmental studies. Then before the day is over Albatross detection over the Senkaku Islands. The Albatross study was an excellent project and one of my favorites. Such a great use case. Image processing also requires art and design principles, so I get to be creative as well. At Geoimage, we honestly travel the world.
The theme of World Space Week for 2021 is ‘Women in Space’. We know you have contributed greatly to the spatial industry. Can you share with us some of your contributions?
Diana: I feel that my work is an extension of our clients’ teams where I am supporting them. As an Image Processor at Geoimage the work I do with satellite imagery provides clients with insights to ensure their projects are successful. I love spatial data, analytics, and science so with my passion I am quite meticulous. I know what the impacts are if you get data wrong hence precision is key. Most of the projects I am working on have an environmental monitoring aspect. Knowing I am contributing to a greater landscape is very rewarding.
What would you say to other women wanting to enter the into the spatial industry? Or any words of wisdom and advice? Any shoutouts?
Diana: “Always remember that not just one road leads to Rome” – That is my favourite quote and I think it has a lot of meaning to this question. The beauty of the space industry lies in its vast application range – it’s everywhere. We all use space in one way or another, the question is how do you want to use more of it? I encourage other women to always ask questions and don’t shy away from the unknown.
My shoutout goes to two amazing women in space I was very fortunate to have worked alongside – Gail Kelly and Sylvia Michael. Both have worked in the industry for over 30 years and the landscape they navigated through has changed dramatically.
For the theme of ‘Women in Space’, I’d like to add that women have some excellent data analytical brains, and we should use them.
Thank you Diana!
That concludes our series of interviews for the celebration and recognition of ‘Women in Space‘ for World Space Week. Thank you to all the women all over the world who share a passion, have or currently work in and contribute to the spatial world.
If you didn’t catch our other interviews you can find them on the links below:
‘Women in Space’ interview with Image Processor Zara Hepple
‘Women in Space‘ interview with space Student Ambassadors