Dinesh Shrestha
Remote Sensing Scientist | GIS (Python) Developer | Geospatial Data Analyst

Professional Summary


I am a passionate Remote Sensing Scientist and a GIS Analyst with an extensive 8+ years of experience in the ESRI's Enterprise ArcGIS stack and product architecture who helps companies deliver optimum GIS solutions at a reduced cost. I use my GIS expertise to solve the complex geographical problems using tools like ArcGIS Desktop (Spatial and Network Analysis, Model Builder, Toolbox), ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and QGIS.

  • 8+ years of GIS Analyst experience and 4+ years’ experience in processing and analyzing imagery with ArcGIS and remote sensing software packages including ERDAS, ENVI, and QGIS.
  • Skilled in ESRI ArcGIS Desktop (Raster and Vector Data Processing, Module Builder), ArcGIS Online (Story Map and Map Journal), ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS API for JavaScript and Python.
  • Skilled in Google Earth Engine Application
  • Quick learner, motivated, and organized person with excellent creative thinking abilities and communication skills.

Experience


Related Experience

2019 - Present

Remote Sensisng Scientist at KBR, Inc. Contractor to the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center (EROS) [July 2019- Present]

  • A proud member of the Science Division Team of the Technical Services Support Contract (TSSC) at the USGS EROS Center.
  • As an integral part of this team of highly talented scientists, technical specialists, and software engineers, I contribute to ecosystem dynamics and land cover monitoring projects and support the dynamic science and technical requirements of our USGS Customer.
  • As a Remote Sensing Scientist, I utilize numerous Geographic Information System (GIS) software, scripting techniques, statistics, data mining, and/or modeling methodology to produce, manipulate, analyze, and interpret geospatial datasets that contribute to the science focus area.

Reference: Daniel Howard

2015 - 2018

GIS Teaching Assistant, Department of Geography, South Dakota State University [August 2015- Dec 2018: 3+ years]

  • Taught more than 100 students, worked closely with them to help them excel with an “Ace”. The teaching labs include Spatial Database, GIS Raster and Vector Modelling, and Data Creation and Integration.
  • Hosted ArcGIS quizzes and “mapathon” which increased the student enrollment by 200%.
  • Provided technical support for ESRI software to the students, delivered pre-lab talks, demos and trainings on using ArcGIS in problem solving.
  • Prepared the labs and delivered demos and pre-lab talks outlining background information and core concepts.
  • Graded the labs and hosted office hours, providing students direct help and individual attention, resulting in student filling office hours regularly and expressing consistent appreciation for my clarifying difficult concepts.

Reference: Dr. Dapeng Li & Dr. Darrell Napton

2015-2019

Researcher: Department of Geospatial Science Center of Excellence, South Dakota State University [December 2015 – June 2016: 7 months]

  • Collect, process, and analyze data from National Agricultural Statistic Survey (NASS)- Cropscape Data Layer (CDL) to study the Impacts of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Water Quality in the Big Sioux River Watershed.
  • Intensive use of ArcGIS, Arcpy (Python scripting), and R to classify, reclassify, and analyze NASS-CDL dataset from 2007-2016, to creates and edit metadata, to develop maps, figures, tables, charts, and graphs.
  • Application of the scientific methods in research projects, attended scientific conferences, and presented (both papers and posters) at various professional meetings.

Reference: Dr. Darrell Napton

2015-2016

Research Assistant: Department of Geospatial Science Center of Excellence, South Dakota State University [December 2015 – June 2016: 7 months]

  • Conducted scientific image analysis for projects requiring change detection, spectral analysis, and classification and established familiarity with characteristics and applications of instruments such as LIDAR, MODIS, VIIRS, ASTER and Landsat.
  • Validated targeting software and provided precise point positioning against controlled target locations utilizing a variety of software platforms (R and ArcMap).

Reference: Dr. Naill Hanan

Additional Experience

2018 & 2018

GIS Technician, and Commercial Applicator: Mid Dakota Vegetation Management [May - August 2017 and May - August 2018]

  • 6 months (3 months + 3 months) of experience in using MapItFast tool to collect geographic locations of noxious weeds across South Dakota state.
  • Created and maintained the database of the data using ArcInfo, Python Scripting, SQL, and R2V and reduced the cost by 150%.
  • Prepared full-scale automated and manual data cleaning prepped final databases for delivery.
  • Produced and prepared GIS related maps, work plan, and reports using ArcMap, ArcCatalog, Model Builder, and PowerBI.

Reference: Mr. Byron Will Noel Email: byroncnoel@gmail.com Ph:+1-6055303589

2012 - 2015

GIS Officer/Project Coordinator/Field Coordinator: Soyan T Pvt. Ltd. [Jan 2012- June 2015: 3+ years]

  • Use of ESRI’s ArcMap, ArcCatalog, Workflow Manager, Data Reviewer extension, and Model Builder to design, create, maintain, and integrate databases.
  • Prepared program specific work plan, applications, databases, tools, critical path identifications and implemented the plan to meet the goal prior the deadline.
  • Advanced and versioned editing and preparing/publishing the maps that includes data driven pages and map book creation and successfully reduce the workload by 50%.
  • Administration of complex relational databases using MySQL and PostgreSQL, create Ad-HOC maps, technical writing (maps, proposals, work plan, reports, presentation, and other related training materials).
  • Used ArcMap and ArcGIS SDE administration to analyze and alter the GPS data, used CAD software and extension to do engineering/construction planning in addition to public works, and other local government and public dealing.
  • Used ArcMap and R to analyze and alter the GPS/Geospatial data with an assurance of data quality.

Reference: Mr. Bikesh Twanabasu Email: bkesh14@gmail.com Ph:+977-9849010636

Education and Research Interests


Research Interests

Fields:

Environment and Ecosystems, Water Quality, Sustainable Development, Trasportation and Urban Planning, Precision Agriculture, Land Use and Land Cover Change,

Methods:

GIS, Systems Modeling & Integration, Spatial Analysis, Geospatial Data Analyss, Image Processing, Big Data Analytics, Open Science

Education

2015 - 2019

Master's in Geography, Specialization in GIS

Department of Geography, South Dakota State University, USA

Thesis: Impacts of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Water Quality in the Big Sioux River Watershed: 2007-2016 [Pdf]

Advisor: Dr. Darrell Napton | Committee Members: Dr. Dapeng Li & Dr. Bruce Millett

2018 - 2019

Data Science Certificate

Department of Mathematics and Statistics, South Dakota State University, USA

Advisor: Dr. Rong Fan

2008 - 2012

Bachelor's in Geomatics Engineerig

Department of Civil and Geomatics Engineering , Kathmandu University, Nepal

Thesis: Impact of Flash Flood in Seti Khola, using HEC RAS and preparing Flood Inundation Map, 2012

Advisor: Asst. Prof Subash Ghimire

Publications and Presentations


Publications

2017

Shrestha, D. “Using GIS in Hotspots Analysis for Forest Fire Risk Zones Mapping in the Black Hills Region, South Dakota" Geospace: Annual Geo-ICT Magazine of GES, Vol. III, 40-49, ISSN 2091-198X [Paper] [This is NOT a Referred Journal]

2016

Shrestha, D. “The Impacts of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Water Quality in the Big Sioux River Watershed: 2010-2015" Geospace: Annual Geo-ICT Magazine of GES, Vol. III, 51-55, ISSN 2091-198X [Paper] [This is NOT a Referred Journal]

Conference Oral Presentations

2017

Shrestha, D., and N, Darrell. “Impacts of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Water Quality in the Big Sioux River: 2007-2015”. 48th Annual South Dakota State Geography Convention, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, USA [Image]

2017

Shrestha, D., and N, Darrell. “Impacts of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Water Quality in the Big Sioux River: 2007-2016”. The Great Plains / Rocky Mountains Division American Association of Geographers, Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA. [Image]

2017

Shrestha, D., and N, Darrell. “Geography of Nitrates in the Big Sioux River: 2007-2015”. The 2017 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. [Image]

Conference Poster Presentations

2018

Shrestha, D., and N, Darrell. “Impacts of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Water Quality in the Big Sioux River: 2007-2016”. Western South Dakota Hydrology Conference, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA. [Image]

2018

Shrestha, D., and N, Darrell. “Impacts of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Water Quality in the Big Sioux River: 2007-2016”. 2018 GIS Day Observation, , Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Sioux Falls, SD, USA. [Poster]

2017

Shrestha, D., and N, Darrell. “Impacts of Land Use and Land Cover Change on Water Quality in the Big Sioux River: 2007-2016”. The Eastern South Dakota Water Conference, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, USA. [Poster] [Image]

2017

Shrestha, D., and N, Darrell. “Land Use and Land Cover Change in the Big Sioux River Watershed: Driving Forces, Connections and Consequences”. The 48th Annual South Dakota State Geography Convention, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, USA. [Third Place Poster] [Poster] [Image]

2016

Shrestha, D., and N, Darrell. “Geography of Nitrates in the Big Sioux River: 2007-2015”. The 2016 GIS Day Observation, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center, Sioux Falls, SD, USA.

Awards & Honors


2018

Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Award (Paper), Sigma Xi, SDSU Chapter [Certificate]

2017

SDView Student Mini Grant, South Dakota State University

2017

Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Award (Proposal), Sigma Xi, SDSU Chapter [Certificate]

2017

EROS Scholarship, Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center [Certificate]

2008

Scholarship awarded by the Government of Nepal

Volunteering


2017

Pecora20 Observing a Changing Earth, Sioux Falls, SD, USA [Certificate]

2017

The 48th Annual South Dakota State Geography Convention, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, USA

2017

The 2017 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, USA

2017

The 2017 Sioux Water Festival, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, USA

Professional Affiliations


2016 - 2017

2015 - Present

Member, South Dakota State University Geography Club, South Dakota State University

2015 - Present

Founder General Member, Geomatics Engineering Society, Kathmandu University

Skills


Programming Languages

Python, C/C++, Java, R, SAS

Web Development

HTML5, CSS, JavaScript

WebGIS Development

OpenLayers, GeoServer, PostGIS, ArcGIS Server/ArcSDE

Platform

Linux, Microsoft, iOS

IDEs

Visual Studio, Jyputer Notebook, Eclipse, PyCharm, Anaconda

Database Skills

PostgreSQL/PostGIS, SQL Server, DB2, MySQL, PowerBI

GIS/Remote Sensing Tools

ArcGIS/ArcPy, ENVI, ERDAS IMAGINE, QGIS, Google Earth Engine

Hydrology Modelling

ArcSWAT, HEC-RAS, HEC-GeoRAS, ArcHydro

Surveying

Engineering Survey, GPS Survey, Cadastral Survey, Topographic Survey, Control Survey, Engineering, and Hydrographic Survey.

Trainings and Certificates


GIS Training and Certificates

2019

Going Places with Spatial Analysis[Certiricate]

Digital Image Processing with OpenCV in Python[Certiricate]

Earth Imagery at Work[Certificate]

Cartography[Certificate]

Python for Everyone[Certificate]

Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro[Certificate]

Basics of Javascripts Web Apps[Certificate]

Preapring for Network Analysis[Certificate]

NHD Wiki: Markup Application and NHD Enhancements on the Horizon Certificate: URISA, Texas[Certificate]

2018

Creating Web Applications Using Templates and Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS [Certificate]

2016

Basics of Geographic Coordinate System [Certificate]

Address Geocoding with ArcGIS [Certificate]

Basics of Raster Data [Certificate]

Creating 3D Using ArcGIS [Certificate]

Distance analysis Using ArcGIS [Certificate]

Finding Geographic Data in ArcGIS [Certificate]

GeoReferencing Raster Data Using ArcGIS [Certificate]

Getting Started wtih GIS [Certificate]

Network Analysis Certificate [Certificate]

Using Raster Data for Site Selection [Certificate]

2015

Building Models for GIS Analysis Using ArcGIS [Certificate]

Performing Spatial Interpolation Using ArcGIS [Certificate]

Other Professional Traninings

2019

Remote Sensing Appliactions using the Hellenic National Sentinel Data Mirror Site [Certificate]

Remote Sensing for Conservation & Biodiversity [Certificate]

2018

English Language Course Completion[Certificate]

2011

(28 Days): Training course on Cadastral Survey

(28 Days): Training course on Global Positioning System Survey

2010

(28 Days): Training course on Engineering and Hydrographic Survey

(28 Days): Training course on Topographic Survey

2009

(28 Days): Training course on Control Survey

Contact Me


My Contact Information

Name:

Dinesh Shrestha

Email:

dinesh.shrestha015@gmail.com

Phone:

1-605-592-0793

Mail Address:

200N Garfield Ave, Sioux Falls, 57104, South Dakota, USA

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