AEG Firm/Drone Operator Woolpert Names New CEO

Dayton, Ohio-based architecture, engineering and geospatial (AEG) firm Woolpert has named Scott Cattran president and CEO.

Woolpert operates a fleet of planes, sensors and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and has held a commercial UAS exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration since 2014.

Cattran was first hired by Woolpert as a phase manager in the firm’s Dayton headquarters in 1999. Through late 2014 and all of 2015, Cattran served as chief operating officer.

Cattran says the industry and Woolpert, which was founded in Dayton in 1911, have both grown and changed tremendously since his career began.

“From Woolpert’s perspective, we’ve continued to grow larger and more integrated programs,” he says. “When I first joined, I was pursuing $10,000 single-service projects; in 2016, we’re securing $10 million, $20 million and $30 million-plus architecture, engineering and geospatial integrated contracts.”

Most recently, the company was hired by Michigan Tech Research Institute to operate drones to collect imagery of haul roads throughout the Midwest. Woolpert also deploys UAS for oil and gas surveying, site design, and civil engineering.


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