Employee Spotlight: Mike Futrell

At DAA we are overflowing with exceptional employees and each month we like to choose one to highlight. Check back at the beginning of every month to see who’s in the spotlight!

Mike Futrell

Title: GIS Administrator

Division: Environmental

Hometown: Blacksburg, VA

Alma Mater: Ohio State University


What 3 words would you use to describe working at DAA?

Friendly, supportive, challenging


Favorite thing about working at DAA?

The flexibility, the people, the occasional beer socials.


In your experience here, is there a project that really stands out/was your favorite/was challenging?

I’ve had several opportunities to bring environmental consciousness into a project to help minimize the impacts of construction.

Mike lecturing in Nanning, China

Mike lecturing in the UK














Favorite quote or words of wisdom?  

Read. Travel. Think.


What TV show, movie, or book are you obsessed with right now?

I’m reading Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China; by Evan Osnos.


Have you been on a recent vacation or trip that you loved?  

In my mid-20s I started going on at least one international cave/karst project per year. My focus has largely been on Asia. Of course, this is in addition to my regular research in the Virginias. I also frequently speak on various aspects of cave and karst related mapping and GIS.

Mike on a cave/karst trip in Slovenia














Is there something you do or like that would surprise people?

1) I earned a private pilot’s license at the age of 17, entirely self-funded.
2) My favorite movie genre is French Romance. The French have yet to replace their writers with CGI clichés.