Academic Advisory Board Members

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.

Stephen Gillotte

President & CEO, Reinventing Geospatial, Inc. (RGi)
Stephen Gillotte is President & CEO of Reinventing Geospatial, Inc. (RGi), the leading Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence (C3I) innovator and geospatial expert in National Security. In this role, he has overall responsibility for the strategic direction and growth across all RGi operations, as well as the experience and well-being of his team of RGi’ers and their families. Stephen is well known within the U.S. Army tactical C3I community for his contributions to the geospatial, GEOINT, Command & Control (C2), and Intelligence domains. He has a long history of providing tangible results in the Research & Development (R&D) and full systems engineering and integration (SE&I) contracts, and for making an immediate impact for our nation’s soldiers and analysts. Stephen received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science (CS) and Mathematics from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech). He currently serves as Board Member and Chairman (Elect) of the Virginia Tech CS Advisory Board, where he helps shape the department’s priorities, and leads efforts to have a positive impact across the University by focusing on CS as the foundation for all destination areas, facility challenges and alumnae relationships. Stephen is a Fellow with the American Geographical Society.

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.

Dr. Christina Hupy

Directory of Education and Training, Boundless
Dr. Christina Hupy is the Director of Education and Training at Boundless, where she leads a team dedicated to commercial training. She manages the content roadmap and development for all e-learning and instructor-led commercial training. On the academic side, Christina serves as a University liaison to develop and foster relationships with educational institutions around the globe with the goal of driving the adoption of open source technology. Prior to joining Boundless, Christina was an Associate Professor of Geography in Wisconsin where she spent over a decade teaching GIS and related courses. While there, she was the PI on a grant to develop the first competency-based geospatial degree program in the state in partnership with industry. At Boundless, Christina brings her extensive experience with geospatial competencies and geographic education to bring the highest quality training content to the industry. She holds a Ph.D. in Geography from Michigan State University.

Dr. Shawn Kalis

Senior Research Analyst, Intelligence and Defense Solutions Directorate, Riverside Research
Dr. Shawn A. Kalis currently supports the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community as a Senior Research Analyst for Riverside Research – an independent, not-for-profit organization chartered to advance scientific research in the public interest and in support of the United States government. He has over 30 years of 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 as a contractor with the U.S. Department of State, and 14 years as an Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS) contractor directly supporting DOD and IC missions. His experience with GEOINT includes directly supporting the Air Force and NGA mission goals by participating as a key member of combined government and A&AS support teams. Dr. Kalis also has extensive experience in the academic arena, including current experience as an adjunct faculty member for the Defense Institute for Security Assistance Management (DISAM) and past experience leading Riverside Research’s Education and Training (E&T) effort, where he was responsible for directing the company’s cadre of E&T professionals committed to providing high-level research and education support to the NGA College, Air Force Institute of Technology, other government entities, public agencies, and academic institutions affiliated with the national-security and intelligence sectors. He has served as a Course Director and instructor at the USAF Special Operations School, and as a Crisis Management Trainer for the U.S. Foreign Service Institute’s National Foreign Affairs Training Center. Dr. 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, an MA in Middle East studies from the University of Texas, and a PhD in Humanities, focusing on the Philosophy of Technology and Autonomous Unmanned Combat Air Systems, from Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island.

Dr. Colleen McCue

Principal Data Scientist, CACI – National Services
Dr. Colleen McCue, Principal Data Scientist, CACI – National Services, brings over 20 years of experience in advanced analytics and the development of actionable solutions to complex information processing problems in the operational public safety and national security environment. Her areas of expertise include the application of data mining and predictive analytics to the analysis of crime and intelligence data, with particular emphasis on deployment strategies, surveillance detection, threat and vulnerability assessment, geospatial predictive analytics, computational modeling and visualization of human behavior, and the behavioral analysis of violent crime. Her experience in the applied public safety environment and pioneering work in operational security analytics have been used to support a wide array of public safety and national security organizations, and she has been requested by name by local, state, federal, and international clients for training and professional services in predictive analytics, crime analysis, and crime and violence prevention. She has published her research findings in journals and book chapters, and authored a book on the use of advanced analytics in the operational public safety environment entitled, Data Mining and Predictive Analysis: Intelligence Gathering and Crime Analysis, now in its second edition. Dr. McCue earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Doctorate in Psychology from Dartmouth College, and completed a five-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University. Her biography was included in “Journeys to Data Mining: Experiences from 15 Renowned Researchers”.

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.

Sherry Olson

Currently a Technology Integrator at the MITRE Corporation, Sherry Olson has worked in advancing research in remote sensing and image processing for over 30 years. She is responsible for several research projects and supports several government sponsors on a variety of advanced technology and cross-cutting initiatives. Sherry has led many IR&D efforts at MITRE in remote sensing, non-literal exploitation, and data integration investigations involving multiple data sources such as hyperspectral data, video, lidar, thermal, millimeter wave, thermal, polarimetric data, and geophysical sources. She has published about a dozen internal MITRE reports and nine external publications and proceedings, as well as presenting research at various conferences and TEMs. Sherry holds an M.Sc. degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University.

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.