Kutalmis Saylam is employed as a research scientist associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology, of the Jackson School of Geosciences, at the University of Texas at Austin. He has been involved in Lidar and remote-sensing technologies since 2004. He has previously worked in the private and government sectors and has travelled extensively for consulting projects around the world. He manages the Lidar and the Remote Sensing programme in the Bureau, and his principal research interest is Lidar bathymetry and performance analysis.