Willy Mekeel

Willy Mekeel

Geography, Physics, Agriculture Instructor

Email: Willy.Mekeel@riverland.edu

Phone: 507-433-0596

Building: Austin East Office: C114-F

Department: Science & Math Division

Dean/Manager: Kelly McCalla

Willy Mekeel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation and Master's of Science Degrees in Geography and GIS from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota is focused on remote sensing applications in wildlife biology. Specifically, he is answering questions related to the applicability of object-based image analysis workflows in tracking moose and deer populations in Northern Minnesota.

Willy began his teaching career at various community colleges in Minnesota. Since then, he has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level in online and face-to-face courses in geography, GIS, remote sensing, and agricultural sciences. He is driven as an instructor by a passion for adventure and learning that comes from examining the world through a spatial lens. This passion and curiosity has taken him to mountain tops in the Cascades, Rockies, and San Juan ranges as well as caves throughout the United States and Vietnam. He has commercial single-engine and multi-engine pilot certificates as well as the Part 107 remote pilot certificate for small UAS. In the private sector, Willy co-founded an aviation services company and managed the remote sensing program that oversaw the collection of millions of acres of thermal, color, and NIR imagery for applications in agriculture, civil engineering, and management of natural resources.

  • Geography

  • Remote Sensing

  • GIS

  • GPS Field Mapping

  • BS Aviation/Business Administration MNSU Mankato

  • MS Geography MNSU Mankato

  • MS Certificate Geographic Information Sciences MNSU Mankato

  • Ph.D. Assessment Monitoring Geospatial Analysis (ABD) University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

  • Licensed GIS Professional (GISP)

  • Commercial Multi-Engine Pilot

  • Part 107 Drone Operator

  • Remote Sensing Program Manager- Hood Tech Aero

  • Geography/GIS Instructor- South Central College

  • Remote Sensing Instructor- MNSU Mankato

  • Senior GIS & Cartography Lecturer- University of Wisconsin, Madison

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