Consultant, Industrial UAS Programs
Areas of Expertise: UAS/drone program management, workforce analytics, risk mitigation, strategic planning, research and management.
Education: M.A. in Psychology (Research concentration), University of Denver; B.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Eastern Connecticut State University; Certified Remote Pilot (sUAS Rating).
Rachel is an experienced Consultant and program manager, specializing in the transportation industry, Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and industrial applications of UAS strategies.
Rachel currently manages one of the largest industrial UAS Programs in North America. She is responsible for the design, implementation, continuous improvement, and management of the entire program. Rachel is a Certified Remote Pilot (sUAS Rating) and offers a deep understanding of how drone technology can be effectively used to meet organizational goals. She excels at helping companies work through the challenges associated with operating drones, determine applicability based on needs, and then develop the most appropriate strategy and implementation process.
Immediately prior to joining Kestrel, Rachel was a project manager for a Fortune 200 transportation company, where she contributed to high-level strategic initiatives, as well as the development and continuous evaluation of existing, industry-specific workforce metrics. She managed the design, implementation, analysis, and evaluation of over 40 operationally focused analytics projects, including mitigation of flight risk, performance of offshore contractors, trespass mitigation, and voluntary attrition.
Highlights from Rachel’s career as a project manager, independent consultant, and research associate include the following:
- Successfully led the fast-paced design and implementation of a groundbreaking trespass mitigation model, the first of its kind in the transportation industry; implemented over $10,000 worth of physical mitigation tactics as a result of the team’s predictive model. This project was recognized with a World-Class Safety Innovation Award and has gained the attention of Fortune 500 companies and federal agencies.
- Worked extensively with various stakeholders in the transportation industry throughout the United States in the areas of workforce development, employee retention, and recruitment.
- Managed several research projects for the National Center for Intermodal Transportation, focusing on railroad operations and public safety, particularly related to the impact, prevention, and mitigation of intentional suicide by rail.
- Conducted organizational assessment for major healthcare businesses, including providing needs assessment, interpretation of assessments for internal and external stakeholders, and expert consultation.
- Engaged a variety of organizational leaders to amass both quantitative and qualitative data on the experiences of women in the industry; presented research findings to various stakeholders, including the Annual Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education (STRIDE) 2012 Conference, where she received an award for Outstanding Research Presentation.
Rachel excels at strategic planning, cross-functional teams, and business management. She uses her advanced analytical skill set to analyze barriers, develop sustainable solutions, and deliver high-quality results. She continues to be an active member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.