An Interview with our very own Image Processor – Zara Hepple
It’s World Space Week and the theme for 2021 is ‘Women in Space’.
Geoimage have put together a 3 part series of interviews about some amazing women in space including our very own Zara Hepple and Diana Herrmann. These ladies contribute every day to the complex processing, service, solutions and analytics of data and imagery for our clients.
We also reached out to One Giant Leap Australia Foundation to hear from some of the amazing female student ambassadors who are highly involved in the spatial sciences. We interviewed Coco Dobbie and Nicola Baker to hear what they have to share about their passion and involvement in the spatial world.
Our first article in the series is our Women in Space – Zara Hepple.
Hey Zara. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Zara: I started with Geoimage over a year ago as a university student and have been working here through the completion of my studies ever since. My background and university degree is in Environmental Science and Spatial Science – both of which I get to explore through my work at Geoimage. In my spare time you can find me sewing new clothing and recycling materials to make new things.
What are some projects or missions you have coming up you could share with us?
Zara: The nature of my work at Geoimage means I am always working on a new project and a new dataset. I love this about my job because I am always learning and developing my spatial science skills. One day I could be working with data over Queensland and the next day I could be studying data from the other side of 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?
Zara: Throughout my time at Geoimage I have worked on some interesting projects using satellite imagery for a wide range of end use cases. Some of these include environmental monitoring and change detection which I really love. These are geospatial services that provide insights which ultimately reveal key information or discoveries that directly contribute to a client’s environmental studies. It could be habitat monitoring or species population counts for example. I may not be physically there among the project team for each company, but I definitely feel like I’m part of many teams and share their goals. I love that my role in the geospatial industry allows me to contribute to these important environmental studies and monitoring all over the globe.
What would you say to other women wanting to enter the into the spatial industry? Or any words of wisdom and advice?
Zara: My advice to other women is to take every opportunity to work in spatial science – it’s an awesome industry and a great opportunity to work on seriously interesting projects across such a wide range of sectors. I work with satellite imagery, however this is just one of the many aspects of what you can do in the space industry. I encourage more women to explore and discover this growing industry. Be fascinated and love what you do! For me, every day is different, and I don’t get cabin fever as I get to look at the world with a perspective most people don’t get to see!
Thank you Zara!
Up next our ‘Women in Space’ interview with students Coco Dobbie and Nicola Baker from One Giant Leap Australia Foundation.