USGIF Academic Advisory Board

About the Board

The USGIF Academic Advisory Board exists to advance geospatial education and connect an expanding geospatial talent pool with professional opportunities in the GEOINT community. Support for USGIF accreditation of university geospatial intelligence certificate programs is primary among board responsibilities, including service on evaluation panels and maintenance of accreditation guidelines. Further, the Academic Advisory Board serves a growing academic presence within the GEOINT community, shaping academic forums at fall GEOINT Symposia and spring Tech Days events. Finally, the board guides development of scholarly GEOINT publications, as well as internship and fellowship initiatives that promote workforce development. Geospatial professionals from government, industry, and academia comprise the USGIF Academic Advisory Board.


Dr. Todd S. Bacastow
Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Dutton e-Education Institute, Penn State World Campus
Dr. Todd S. Bacastow is a Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Dutton e-Education Institute. Dr. Bacastow is the director of the Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence which is offered as an option within both Penn State’s Master of Geographic Information Systems and the Professional Master of Homeland Security. Before joining the Penn State University, Dr. Bacastow served in the US Army in a variety of combat arms and combat support positions. He was previously an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Computer Science and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the United States Military Academy.

Dr. Budhendra Bhaduri
Corporate Research Fellow, Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIST) Group, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Dr. Budhendra Bhaduri is a Corporate Research Fellow and leads the Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He is a founding member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Geospatial Sciences Steering Committee and holds professorial appointments with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research interests and experience include novel implementation of geospatial science and technology in population dynamics, critical infrastructure protection, energy resource assessment, and disaster management. His research has benefited the U.S. federal missions including the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and Environmental Protection Agency. He is a principal member of ORNL’s LandScan population modeling programs that aim at developing high resolution population distribution and dynamics models and databases from local to global scales. His contributions in developing activity based population distribution models have provided new insights into time variant population distribution while providing novel approaches for advancing national spatial data infrastructure. He received the 2010 Homeland Security award for emergency preparedness and response from Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation. In 2009, he was appointed to the Mapping Science Committee of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. He has also served on the Geographic Information Science and Applications and on a Strategic Highway Research Program, Expert Task Group of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies. Dr. Bhaduri is actively involved with academic institutions for scientific collaborations and student engagement for research in geospatial science. He is a recipient of the Department of Energy’s Outstanding Mentor Award for his dedicated service to the department for developing future workforce for the nation.

David DiBiase
Director of Education, Industry Solutions, Esri
David leads the Education Team within Industry Solutions, a unit of Esri’s Marketing Division. The team promotes and supports GIS use and spatial thinking in higher education, primary and secondary education, and museums and libraries worldwide. Prior to joining Esri in 2011, David founded and led the Penn State Online certificate and master’s degree programs in GIS. He was lead editor of the GIS&T Body of Knowledge and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model. From 1998-2003 David helped define the criteria by which “GIS Professional” certification has been awarded to over 5,000 individuals, and is a past-president of the GIS Certification Institute. His interests include geospatial workforce development, learning design, e-learning, and professional ethics. He continues to lead workshops in responsible scholarship and professional practice for Penn State Online.

Col. Steven D. Fleming
Professor of Practice of Spatial Sciences, Spatial Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
COL Fleming previously served as an Academy Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Prior to arriving at West Point, he was an air defense artillery (ADA) officer with command and staff experience in short-range air defense operations at the battalion, brigade and division levels. Academically, COL Fleming specializes in geospatial information sciences with research focused on large-scale mapping of coastal regions, terrestrial image data collection and applications of new geospatial technologies for homeland security and military operations. He has taught Physical Geography, Remote Sensing, Cartography, Photogrammetry, Surveying, Advanced Topics in Geography and Military Geospatial Operations.

Dr. Joseph F. Fontanella
U.S. Army Geospatial Information Officer, and Director, US Army Geospatial Center, US Army Corps of Engineers
Dr. Joseph F. Fontanella, a member of the Senior Executive Service, serves as the Director of the U.S. Army Geospatial Center in Alexandria, Virginia. The Army Geospatial Center is the Army’s knowledge center for geospatial expertise and provides geospatial information reach-back capability to field units. As Director, he is responsible for supporting the operations, intelligence, acquisition, research & development and modeling & simulation communities with geospatial information. The Center focuses on the development, exploitation, production, and distribution of topographic, geodetic, and geospatial information, tools and services for the Army and other Department of Defense and National programs. The Center has forward deployed and reach back elements conducting the collection, dissemination and analysis of Geospatial data supporting units in contact; provides direct acquisition support to multiple Program Executive Officers and Program Managers involved in national and tactical programs; and conducts research into Geospatial data management, information constructs, data generation, enterprise technology, applications and sensors. He also serves as the Army’s Geospatial Information Officer, with responsibility for collecting and validating geospatial requirements, formulating geospatial policy, setting priorities and securing resources supporting the Army Geospatial Enterprise, and synchronizing geospatial solutions at both HQDA and Secretariat levels of Army governance. Dr. Fontanella retired from the Army in 2004 at the rank of Colonel, having spent the majority of his career in combat engineering organizations.

Dr. Daniel W. Goldberg
Director of Texas A&M GeoInnovation Service Center
Dr. Daniel W. Goldberg is jointly appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Texas A&M (TAMU) Department of Geography and the TAMU Department of Computer Science & Engineering where he also directs the TAMU Esri Development Center and the TAMU GeoInnovation Service Center. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Southern California in 2010 under the supervision of Dr. John Wilson. Dr. Goldberg’s research focuses on computational and database aspects of GIS development, including Web-, Mobile-, and Cyber-GIS with a domain focus in HealthGIS. Dr. Goldberg’s teaching responsibilities include introductory classes on GIS and advanced classes on GIS databases and programming for desktop, mobile, and web at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Goldberg is a recipient of a USGIF Scholarship, an ASEE SMART Scholarship, and was a finalist for the AAG Garrison award for Best Dissertation in Computational Geography. Dr. Goldberg’s work has been funded by the NIH, DoD, and the CDC. Dr. Goldberg presently serves on the Board of UCGIS and is the current Chair of the AAG Geographic Information Science & Systems Specialty Group.

Shawn Kalis
Research Director, Education and Training Directorate, Riverside Research
Shawn A. Kalis currently provides leadership and vision for the Education and Training (E&T) Directorate of Riverside Research, a not-for-profit, scientific-research institution. Mr. Kalis directs the company’s cadre of E&T professionals committed to supporting and enhancing the security of our nation, by providing high-level technical advisory and engineering support to government entities, public agencies, and private subcontractors in the national-security and intelligence sectors. He has been a member of the professional intelligence community (IC) for over 30 years and has extensive experience in multiple disciplines of operational and strategic intelligence, from the unit to the Agency level, to include a 21-year career with the U.S. Air Force, two years with the U.S. Department of State, and 10 years as an Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) contractor directly supporting DOD and IC missions. His experience with GEOINT and Full Spectrum GEOINT includes directly supporting the Air Force and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency mission goals by participating as a key member of combined government and A&AS support teams. In addition to possessing broad intelligence expertise, Mr. Kalis has extensive experience in the academic arena, to include providing support to the Air Force Institute of Technology and the NGA College. He has served as an AF Trainer, Course Director at the USAF Special Operations School, and Crisis Management Trainer for the U.S. Foreign Service Institute’s National Foreign Affairs Training Center. Mr. Kalis currently serves as an adjunct faculty member teaching intelligence, terrorism, and regional studies-related courses at Community Colleges, Universities, and other government institutions and organizations. He holds a Bachelor’s in Communications from the University of Nebraska, a MA in Middle East studies from the University of Texas, and is currently an active PhD Candidate (ABD) focusing on the Philosophy of Technology and Remote Sensing at Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island.

Susan Kalweit
Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton
Ms. Susan Kalweit is a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton. She leads a team of geospatial professionals delivering spatial integration and analytic services in the intelligence and international development communities. Ms. Kalweit has been among the early leaders in the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. She led a team of industry, academia and government leaders to develop the initial USGIF GEOINT Certificate Accreditation Program. Ms. Kalweit also is a part time instructor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County teaching the Professional Seminar in Geospatial Intelligence. Prior to working at Booz Allen Hamilton, Ms. Kalweit worked for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for 17 years where she held various positions as an analytic operations division chief for homeland security, technology R&D program manager, and imagery analyst. Shortly after 9/11, Ms. Kalweit was temporarily assigned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to lead an inter-agency team. This team, the Interagency Geospatial Preparedness Team, was tasked with developing a national strategy for geospatial preparedness. Ms. Kalweit is the recipient of the Distinguished Civilian Service Award, and a 2001 graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University. Ms. Kalweit holds a master of science degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University, a master of science degree in Information Management Systems from Marymount University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and German from Duke University.

Terrence A. Kanka
Software Systems Engineer, Principal Staff, The MITRE Corporation
Mr. Kanka (Terry) specializes in geographic information system (GIS) and related technologies. His experience ranges from GIS for military command and control to geospatial standards and IT standards policy and governance. In recent years he has focused on strategies for enterprise geospatial programs at Intelligence Community organizations. Currently, he is also involved in developing U.S. profiles to ISO/TC 211 geographic information standards. Terry joined MITRE in 1992 after a career in the United States Army as a communications officer and software engineer. MITRE is a not-for-profit organization that operates several fully funded research and development centers (FFRDCs), partnering with government sponsors to support their crucial operational missions. This affords Terry the opportunity to work with a variety of government organizations. Terry has a BS in general engineering from the United States Military Academy and a MS in Computer Studies from North Carolina State University.

Karen Kemp
University of Southern California
Karen Kemp was the founding Director of the International Masters Program in GIS at the University of Redlands in southern California, having held that position and Professor of Geographic Information Science until December 2005. Dr. Kemp holds geography degrees from the University of Calgary, Alberta (BSc 1976), the University of Victoria, British Columbia (MA 1982) and the University of California Santa Barbara (PhD 1992). In 1988 she joined the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) in Santa Barbara working as Coordinator of Education Programs and co-editor, with Dr. Michael Goodchild, of the internationally recognized NCGIA Core Curriculum in GIS. After completing her PhD at UCSB in 1992, she worked at the Technical University of Vienna, Austria, and with Longman GeoInformation in Cambridge, England on various international GIS education projects. She returned to the NCGIA in 1994 to work as Assistant Director and later Associate Director. In January 1999 she moved to the University of California Berkeley to become Executive Director of the Geographic Information Science Center where she helped build the foundation for an innovative campus-wide GIScience initiative. In September 2000, she was invited to join the faculty at the University of Redlands to create and direct their new MS GIS program. Dr. Kemp was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and acted as senior editor of the UCGIS Education Priorities. She was also a founding member of the Board of Directors of the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) and a member of the Editorial Team for the UCGIS GI Science and Technology Body of Knowledge. In recognition for these and other contributions, in October 2004 she was named Educator of the Year by the UCGIS.

Col. Mike Krimmer, USAF (Ret.)
Assistant Professor and Program Head of Geospatial Studies, Northern Virginia Community College
Colonel (USAF, retired) Michael J. Krimmer, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Program Head of Geospatial Studies at Northern Virginia Community College. Dr. Krimmer retired from the Air Force after 25 years of service in 2003 and began teaching geographic information systems at NVCC in 2006. Since that time he has expanded the NVCC GIS program from a single course to a 29-hour Career Studies Certificate, with 6 different GIS offerings ranging from Introductory GIS to Remote Sensing. In addition to teaching, course and program development, Dr. Krimmer is the principal investigator for the Geospatial Career Pipeline Initiative, a $492,000 Department of Labor grant to NVCC to develop the next generation of geospatial employees. Dr. Krimmer is a member of the Association of American Geographers and the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. He holds a BA in Environmental Conservation from the University of Colorado, a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma, an MS in Acquisition Logistics from the US Air Force Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Environmental Science and Public Policy from George Mason University. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College Program Managers Course and the US Air Force Air War College.

Dr. Rakesh Malhotra
Assistant Professor of Geography, Department of Government and History, Fayetteville State University
Dr. Malhotra is an Assistant Professor of Geography in the Department of Government and History at Fayetteville State University where he teaching geospatial courses (GIS and remote sensing). Prior to joining Fayetteville State University, Dr. Malhotra worked at North Carolina Central University and Fugro EarthData. Dr. Malhotra has a diverse educational background with degrees in Mechanical Engineering (B.E.), Forest Resources (M.S.), Computer Science (M.S.) and a Graduate Certificate (Conservation and Sustainable Development). He completed his terminal degree in Geography from The University of Georgia. He is a Certified Mapping Scientist (ASPRS), GIS Professional (GISCI), a Certified Technical Trainer (CompTIA) and an Esri Certified Instructor. He is involved in promoting geospatial education and allied pedagogical issues (certification, accreditation, and workforce development) as related to Historically Black Colleges / Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

Dr. David Messinger
Director, Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory, Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. Messinger received a Bachelors degree in Physics from Clarkson University and a Ph.D. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has worked as an Analyst for XonTech Inc. and on the National Missile Defense Program for Northrop Grumman. Previously, he was an Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He is currently an Associate Research Professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology where he is the Director of the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory. His personal research focuses on projects related to remotely sensed spectral image exploitation using physics-based approaches and advanced mathematical techniques with particular emphasis on the areas of large area search and target detection.

Dr. Harold Gregory Smith
NGA Chief Scientist
Dr. Smith is currently NGA’s Chief Scientist, and in this role serves as the Agency’s senior scientific authority, advisor and mentor, working across InnoVision, the Agency and the Community to develop NGA’s scientific and technical personnel and advanced research program. He has been with NGA since its inception and has functioned in a variety of senior technical and management positions, including Senior Scientist for GIS; NGA Science Advisor for Geospatial Sciences; Chief, Advanced Research and Development; Chief, National Technology Alliance; Technical Lead for the Geospatial Information Integrated Product Team (GIIPT), and Deputy Director of InnoVision (NGA’s R&D Directorate). On rotational assignments, he served as Deputy Director of the Intelligence Community’s Advanced Research and Development Activity (ARDA), a precursor of IARPA and as the Principal Scientist for the National Commission for the Review of the Research and Development Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community. He is a member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Dr. Anthony Stefanidis
Associate Professor, ESGS Department and Director, Center for Geospatial-Intelligence, George Mason University
Dr. Anthony Stefanidis is Associate Professor with the ESGS Department at George Mason University (GMU). Tony is also the director of the Center for Geospatial-Intelligence at GMU. He received is M.S. and Ph.D. from The Ohio State University, and his B.S. from National Technical University of Athens. Tony’s expertise is in the analysis of digital imagery and video, spatiotemporal analysis, sensor networks, and image-based geospatial information systems. His current research interests include the areas of image analysis and video processing for spatio-temporal applications, and are funded by NSF and the National Geospatial-Information Agency (NGA). Dr. Stefanidis has co-edited three books, one on image analysis for GIS applications, and another two on geosensor networks.

E. Lynn Usery
Research Physical Scientist and Director, Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS), U.S. Geological Survey
E. Lynn Usery is a Research Physical Scientist and Director of the Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science (CEGIS) with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). He has worked as a cartographer and geographer for the USGS for 25 years and was a professor of geography for 17 years with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Georgia. Dr. Usery established a program of cartographic and geographic information science (GIScience) research that evolved into CEGIS. He was President of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS). He was editor of the journal Cartography and Geographic Information Science. Dr. Usery is currently the Chair of the U.S. National Committee to the International Cartographic Association and also chairs the Local Organizing Committee and is the Conference Director for the 2017 International Cartographic Conference which will be held in Washington, D.C. He is a Fellow of CaGIS, the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, and UCGIS. He received the CaGIS Distinguished Career Award in 2012. He is President –Elect of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Dr. Usery has published more than 100 articles in cartography and GIScience. He received his BS in geography from the University of Alabama and MA and Ph.D. degrees in geography from the University of Georgia. His current interests and research are in theoretical GIScience including geospatial ontologies and semantics, map projections, multidimensional data models for lidar, and high performance computing for spatial data.

May Yuan
Ashbel Smith Professor of Geospatial Information Science in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas
May Yuan (BS 1987 National Taiwan University; MS 1992 and Ph.D. 1994 State University of New York at Buffalo) is an Ashbel Smith Professor of Geospatial Information Science in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas. She studies temporal GIS and its applications to geographic dynamics. Over the last 20 years, her research has developed new approaches to represent geographic processes and events in GIS databases to support space-time query, analytics and knowledge discovery. Her publications (75+) span fundamental and applied GIScience by developing new GIS data models and analysis methods to address environmental, ecological, and social problems, such as wildfire risk, tornado hazard, air pollution, species distribution, trophic dynamics, infectious disease, hazardous waste transport, historical narratives, and offender monitoring. Her recent work expands to cyber GIS and spatial big data. Her research has been supported by NSF, NASA, DoD, DHS, DoJ, DoE, NOAA, USGS, state government agencies, and the industry. She currently serves as the Associate Editor of the International Journal of Geographical Information Science, member of the editorial boards of Annals of American Association of Geographers and Cartography and Geographical Information Science, and member of the academic committee of United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. She also served on Mapping Science Committee at the National Research Council (2009-2014) and President of University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (2011-2012).