Charleston District Survey Technician Jennifer Kist recently presented to the student body and alumni at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C., about the Corps and the mission of the survey team. Kist talked about her role surveying the federal waterways of South Carolina and the importance of monitoring these channels. Kist was there in part to tell the students about a new recent-graduate position opening up on the survey team soon and was there to answer any questions they might have about the field or the Corps.
Kist also regularly speaks at the College of Charleston about the Charleston District’s GIS capabilities and the research she recently conducted while working at the Corps’ Engineering Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, Miss. There, she developed a method for extracting previously unused information from hydrographic sonar data and detailed how this data can be used to determine different material types, such as hard bottom on the seafloor and to distinguish objects such as turtle shells or unexploded ordnance. She is also going to be teaching an express class at CofC this fall on her research and hydrographic survey techniques.