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Students Receive $1 Million in Scholarship Awards from USGIF

September 20, 2016

USGIF last month awarded $112,000 in scholarship funds to students studying geospatial science or related topics. The annual USGIF Scholarship Program recognizes the achievements of graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students, and helps to further the advancement of the geospatial tradecraft. Since the USGIF Scholarship Program began in 2004, USGIF has awarded $1,003,000 in scholarship funds.

“Eclipsing $1 million in scholarships awarded is a remarkable milestone for the Foundation,” said USGIF CEO Keith Masback. “We continue to deliver on our fundamental proposition as an educational nonprofit.”

Additionally, USGIF awarded the Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications in partnership with nonprofit company Riverside Research for the first time this year. The $10,000 scholarship benefits master’s degree students studying remote sensing who plan to enter the defense, intelligence, or homeland security workforce.

See the list of 2016 USGIF Scholarship Recipients.

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Register for Tech Showcase West (Oct. 18-19)

September 20, 2016

Register for Tech Showcase West, Oct. 18-19 in St. Louis!

USGIF offers a great opportunity to see the unique work of NGA employees in St. Louis. This year, Tech Showcase West will kick off with USGIF Innovation Day, a day focused on industry-government hybrid collaboration at @4240 in the heart of the Cortex Innovation Community (CIC) campus downtown. Day two will be at NGA’s building on Second Street and feature approximately 25 demos and presentations throughout NCW workspaces to gain business insight on NGA’s emerging requirements and future challenges.

Be sure to check out the agenda, demo descriptions, sponsorship opportunities, and hotel and travel information.

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Participate in the 2017 State of GEOINT Content Exchange

September 20, 2016

USGIF is hosting two, free opportunities to contribute to the 2017 State of GEOINT Report. A 2017 State of GEOINT Content Exchange will take place Tuesday, Oct. 4 in Fairfax, Va. and another on Tuesday, Oct. 18 in St. Louis, Mo.

Participation is open to government, industry, and academia, to include analysts, technologists, researchers, policy experts, academics, business developers, and others from the community. Each half-day, unclassified session will discuss and document current and future global geospatial intelligence trends and challenges. Teams will self-select to further develop topics of interest into short articles for inclusion in USGIF’s 2017 State of GEOINT report.



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Take Part in the NOAA ACCRES Meeting Sept. 21

September 19, 2016

NOAA’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) is hosting a meeting on Sept. 21, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., at The Aerospace Corporation’s office in Chantilly, Va. The event is open for anyone to attend.

As requested in Title II – Section 202 of the 2015 U.S. Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act, ACCRES will discuss the U.S. Department of Commerce’s congressional report on the statutory updates necessary to license private remote sensing space systems.

Learn more about the event and how to attend.

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The People Solution

September 14, 2016

Since National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Director Robert Cardillo took the helm in 2014, the agency has ushered in many changes as to how it does business. Two challenges NGA continues to face and improve upon are learning to operate in the open and enhancing its relationship with industry.

NGA aims to address both challenges with the launch of eNGAge, an expertise exchange program with industry and academia. Elizabeth Hoag, eNGAge program manager, spoke about the initiative Sept. 13 at USGIF’s GEOINTeraction Tuesday event, sponsored by Esri and hosted at the company’s office in Vienna, Va.

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NGA's Elizabeth Hoag to Speak at GEOINTeraction Tuesday - Sept. 13

September 12, 2016

Join USGIF for its September edition of GEOINTeraction Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. GEOINTeraction Tuesday is sponsored by Esri and will be held at their office in Vienna, Va.

Elizabeth Hoag, eNGAge Program Manager at NGA, will be the guest speaker. She will talk about the unique eNGAge program and how industry should be involved.

Held the second Tuesday of every other month, GEOINTeraction Tuesday is a casual networking event where you can develop new relationships, exchange ideas and discover business opportunities. Each event features a guest speaker from the Defense, Intelligence, or Homeland Security Community who shares their views on current issues and answers audience questions.

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NGA Awards USGIF Accredited Program $12 Million

September 2, 2016

The University of Missouri’s (MU) College of Engineering won a five-year, $12 million contract to deliver a data science education program that provides analytical training for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) workforce and potentially other members of the U.S. Intelligence Community. According to the press release, this new program will address key education and training needs identified by NGA.

MU offers a GEOINT certificate program that has been accredited by USGIF since 2007.

Read the full press release.

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USGIF CEO To Speak During ASIS International Conference

August 31, 2016

USGIF CEO Keith Masback will be giving a keynote address at the InfraGard National Members Alliance’s 2016 Annual Congress and Conference during the ASIS International’s 2016 Annual Seminar and Exhibits, Sept. 12-14, in Orlando, Fla.

Masback will be speaking on Sept. 12 to the InfraGard Members Alliance Presidents. Learn more about this event.

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USGIF CEO to Give Keynote at NWGIS Conference

August 29, 2016

USGIF’s CEO Keith Masback has been invited to give a keynote address at the 2016 Northwest GIS User Group Conference, Oct. 17-21, in Salem, Oregon.

This is the 31st annual NWGIS conference and brings together GIS professionals from Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana. The Northwest GIS User Group is a nonprofit organization that provides a forum for training, exchange of knowledge, techniques, and data among the users of Esri software and related GIS products and services. Learn more about the organization and event.

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Looking to Further Your Education and Training?

August 26, 2016

Looking to further your GEOINT education and training and take the next step in career advancement?

USGIF’s Universal GEOINT Certification is the first-of-its-kind, transparent, and transportable professional designation that proves your deep and balanced understanding of the GEOINT tradecraft.

Register now for one or more of the Universal GEOINT Certification exams and demonstrate your knowledge in the tradecraft!

Learn more about the program!

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