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USGIF Announces First K. Stuart Shea Endowed Scholarship Recipient

April 23, 2018

Monday morning at USGIF’s GEOINT 2018 Symposium, Sanghui Han was awarded the first ever $15,000 K. Stuart Shea USGIF Endowed Scholarship. Han is pursuing a Ph.D. in imaging science at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, N.Y. USGIF Chairman of the Board The Honorable Jeffrey K. Harris presented the award to Han on stage.

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There's Still Time to Register for GEOINT 2018

April 20, 2018

The GEOINT 2018 Symposium is almost here! USGIF is at the Tampa Convention Center April 22-25 for our annual geospatial intelligence event.

If you haven’t registered yet, there’s still time! Register online or visit the registration desk onsite.

Onsite Registration Hours

  • Saturday, April 21, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, April 22, 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Monday, April 23, 6 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 24, 6 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 25, 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This is your chance to hear from 100+ speakers, see technologies from 250+ exhibitors, participate in 58 hours of training and professional development sessions, and take advantage of the many networking opportunities.

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K-12 Program at GEOINT 2018 Symposium

April 11, 2018

Nearly 140 K-12 students from the Tampa Bay area will have the unique opportunity to engage in STEM activities during the GEOINT 2018 Symposium at the Tampa Convention Center this month. Eighth grade students from Stewart Middle School in Tampa and fifth graders from Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg will attend, as well as JROTC cadets from various high schools in Hillsborough County.

USGIF will also debut an interactive map of North America at the Symposium: USGIF’s Portable Planet. The 35-by-26 foot map is an educational tool that not only teaches K-8 students about maps and geography but also allows them to practice critical thinking, spatial analysis, and teamwork skills.

View the full K-12 agenda

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USGIF's Dr. Camelia Kantor Participates at AAG Annual Meeting

April 6, 2018

USGIF’s Director of Academic Programs Dr. Camelia Kantor will be participating in the American Association of Geographers’ (AAG) Annual Meeting April 10-14 in New Orleans.

On April 11, Kantor will be leading a panel discussion on “Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) Approach to Improve Geospatial Teaching and Learning.” Accompanying her on this panel are representatives from Boundless, Caliper Corp., Fayetteville State University, and the University of South Carolina. The same day, she will also moderate a panel on “Geospatial Intelligence: Challenges and Opportunities” with panelists from five universities.

Additionally on April 10 and 12, Kantor will engage in career mentoring sessions as a mentor, providing professional development information and advice for students and job seekers.

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Register for GEOINT 2018 Today

March 27, 2018

We are less than 30 days out from the GEOINT 2018 Symposium, the nation’s premier geospatial intelligence event. Hear keynote addresses from GEOINT leaders, listen to panel discussions, see technologies from 240+ exhibitors, participate in 58 hours of training and take advantage of the many networking opportunities.


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USGIF Awards High School Students for Science Fair Projects

March 22, 2018

Last week, USGIF participated in two regional science and engineering fairs this month, awarding high school students for outstanding projects that demonstrated the use of geospatial intelligence to solve a real-world problem or issue.

At the Loudoun County Regional Science & Engineering Fair March 15, USGIF awarded $500 to Rasvik Kudum from Rock Ridge High School. On March 17 at the Fairfax County Regional Science & Engineering Fair, the Foundation awarded $250 each to Kavya Kopparapu and Siona Prasad from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology.

Check out our K-12 webpage to see what other activities we’re doing.

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Triple AmazonSmile Donations Promotion

March 19, 2018

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The CIA's Digital Future

March 16, 2018

USGIF hosted a special edition of its bimonthly GEOINTeraction Tuesday networking event—calling it GEOINTeraction Monday for its departure from the regularly scheduled weekday—on March 12 in conjunction with the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Conference in Austin, Texas.

Speakers were Teresa Smetzer, director of Digital Futures for the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Digital Innovation Directorate, and Dr. Bob Metcalf, the inventor of Ethernet and director of the UT Austin Innovation Center.

Smetzer said the purpose of Digital Futures is “to accelerate the identification and adoption of industry-leading technology and processes to solve mission problems.”

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USGIF Renews Academic Accreditation for James Madison University

March 15, 2018

USGIF recently renewed academic accreditation for James Madison University’s (JMU) geographic science and intelligence analysis program.

JMU became accredited in 2016 and offers a geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) certificate to undergraduate students in the department of integrated science and technology. JMU is one of 14 academic institutions under USGIF’s Collegiate Accreditation Program.

“An increasing number of JMU students hope to have GEOINT careers with federal agencies, as well as the many contracting and consulting firms in the Washington, D.C., area,” said Dr. Timothy Walton, associate professor. “USGIF’s GEOINT certificate, as a nationally recognized credential, is a great supplement to our curricula in helping those students achieve their professional goals.”

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Advances and Challenges for Small Sats

March 14, 2018

As small sat technologies continue to progress, a robust industrial ecosystem is forming, and the next five to 10 years will see more small sats used for imaging, weather, communications, and experimentation, according to community experts at USGIF’s fourth Small Satellite Workshop. Increasingly, the technology is being looked to as a complementary layer to large-scale systems and a necessary approach to space-based resiliency and deterrence.

The workshop, sponsored by Planet, was held March 6-7 at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s (NGA) Eastern campus in Springfield, Va. The program was developed in collaboration with the USGIF’s Small Satellite Working Group and titled “Evolving Capabilities.” The first day was unclassified and the second was classified.

Read the full workshop recap at

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