Press Release: Draper Aden Associates Hires Eric Olsen as Unmanned Aerial Services Team Leader

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Draper Aden Associates Hires Eric Olsen as Unmanned Aerial Services Team Leader



RICHMOND, VA – June 15, 2021 – Draper Aden Associates, a Mid-Atlantic engineering, surveying, and environmental services firm, announced today that Eric Olsen joined the firm as Unmanned Aerial Services (UAS) Team Leader. Based in the Richmond office, he will manage the firm’s UAS projects and provide strategic leadership, including expanded aerial services offerings.  


Olsen has over 13 years of experience in UAS and brings a significant depth of expertise to Draper Aden. He has a proven track record to developing innovative solutions and applying UAS technology in new ways to serve clients. 


Eric Olsen, Draper Aden UAS Team Leader“We are pleased to welcome Eric to the Draper Aden team,” said Jeff Lighthiser, PE, CEO and President of Draper Aden. “He is an innovative leader who brings an impressive level of expertise and passion to our firm. Managing our UAS functions, he will be an integral player in serving our current clients and creating opportunities for growth.” 


Prior to joining Draper Aden, Olsen served as an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Architect with Viper Drones. In this position, he was responsible for solving UAV hardware and software issues as well as performing duties related to sensor integration, EO/IR, interference isolation, and electrical, mechanical, software, and design engineering. 


“I’m excited to join Draper Aden Associates,” said Olsen. “This is an amazing opportunity to become a part of a strong team with an exceptional reputation. Innovation has positioned me for success throughout my career and I believe that Draper Aden is poised for a bright future that includes delivering cutting-edge aerial services.”  


Olsen also holds two patents related to methods for producing or capturing thermographic images from an aerial perspective. He has most recently lived and worked in Utah. 


Draper Aden provides engineering, surveying, and environmental services to clients through its eight offices in Virginia and North Carolina. For nearly 50 years, Draper Aden has created enduring partnerships with public and private clients to leave a lasting, positive impact in communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic.  


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About Draper Aden Associates


Draper Aden Associates is a Mid-Atlantic engineering, surveying, and environmental services firm. The firm provides innovative services and technologies and exceptional client care for sectors that include energy, industry, private, public, educational, and institutional. Whether it involves the creation of a water distribution system for an under-served community, restoration and reclamation of an environmentally degraded site, designing safe and reliable power distribution systems, adaptive reuse of rundown buildings, or helping to enhance the campuses of institutions where the next generations will learn, what we do today can be looked back upon with pride tomorrow. For more information, visit