DRONE MASTER TAKES A FRESH PERSPECTIVE
18 February 2016, Written by Laura Daquino
SHE'S been hailed a 'drone master' and 'drone pioneer' and has done it all without an engineering background.
"The innovation isn't in the technology but the application. We are looking at these problems from data up rather than methodology down."
Ball is leading the charge in drone technology, using them to explore remote islands, vegetation and improve environmental outcomes for engineering projects. The drones explore areas unaccompanied, shedding months off the job.
"Environmental protection, for me, starts with the eradication of poverty and the empowerment of females.
"It's been talked about for many years that if we can lift the girls in developing countries, their income goes back into the village. Pieces of recent research have proven that if, all of a sudden, all women had equal pay alongside men, up to $US28 trillion would go back into the global economy right away."
"You do this until you feel like you can stand up and be counted," says Ball.
"One of the things I've been guilty of in the past is denying my power as a woman and it's only now in my mid-30s that I've really stopped giving my power over.