Committee Membership Information

Study Title:

Future U.S. Workforce for Geospatial Intelligence

Study Director:


Dr. Keith C. Clarke - (Chair)
University of California, Santa Barbara

Keith C. Clarke is a research cartographer and professor in the Geography Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is also the Santa Barbara Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis. Prior to joining the faculty in 1996, he was a professor at Hunter College and he also spent a year as an advisor to the Office of Research in the U.S. Geological Survey???s National Mapping Division. Dr. Clarke???s research focuses on environmental simulation modeling, modeling urban growth, terrain mapping and analysis, and the history of satellite surveillance. He has played numerous leadership roles, including president of the Cartographic and Geographic Information Society and chair of several NRC committees, including the Committee on Basic and Applied Research Priorities in Geospatial Science for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Committee on the New Research Directions for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: A Workshop, and the Mapping Science Committee. Dr. Clarke is a recipient of the John Wesley Powell Award, the USGS???s highest award for achievement, and a fellow of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. He holds a B.A. from Middlesex Polytechnic (London) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in analytical cartography from the University of Michigan.


Dr. Shashi Shekhar
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Shashi Shekhar is the McKnight Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota. His research interests are in spatial databases and spatial data mining, an interdisciplinary area at the intersection of computer science and geographic information systems. He has co-edited an Encyclopedia of GIS and co-authored a textbook on spatial databases. Dr. Shekhar is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and received that society???s Technical Achievement Award for contributions to spatial database storage methods, data mining, and geographic information systems. He was a member of the NRC Mapping Science Committee and the Board of Directors of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. He is familiar with geospatial intelligence needs, having served on the NRC Committee on Basic and Applied Research Priorities in Geospatial Science for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He holds a B. Tech in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley.


Dr. Paula E. Stephan
Georgia State University

Paula Stephan is a professor of economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research interests focus on the careers of scientists and engineers and the process by which knowledge moves across institutional boundaries in the economy. Dr. Stephan has served on a number of NRC committees, including the Committee on Examination of the U.S. Air Force???s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Needs in the Future and Its Strategy to Meet Those Needs; Committee on Dimensions, Causes, and Implications of Recent Trends in the Careers of Life Scientists; Committee on Methods of Forecasting Demand and Supply of Doctoral Scientists and Engineers; and the Committee on Policy Implications of International Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars in the United States. She currently serves on the NRC Board on Higher Education and Workforce, and has been a member of the Scientific Workforce Project at the National Bureau of Economic Research since 2002. Dr. Stephan graduated from Grinnell College (Phi Beta Kappa) with a B.A. in economics and earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.


Dr. Richard B. Langley
University of New Brunswick

Richard B. Langley is a professor of geodesy and precision navigation in the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. He has worked extensively on global navigation satellite systems techniques and algorithms for geodetic and high-precision surveying applications and for aircraft navigation and spacecraft systems. He is also interested in the evolving role of geodesy in surveying and mapping education and has given several talks on this topic. Dr. Langley is a co-author of the best-selling ???Guide to GPS Positioning??? and is a columnist and contributing editor of GPS World magazine. He is also active in professional and learned societies associated with geodesy and GPS. He is a past chair of the Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics and a current member of the European Space Agency GNSS Scientific Advisory Group. He is an elected fellow of the International Association of Geodesy, the Institute of Navigation, and the Royal Institute of Navigation. He received a B.S. in applied physics from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. in experimental space science from York University.


Dr. Kathleen M. Carley
Carnegie Mellon University

Kathleen M. Carley is a professor of computation, organization, and society at the Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University. She also directs the university???s Center for Computational Analysis of Social and Organizational Systems, which brings together network analysis, computer science, and organization science, and also incorporates a training program for Ph.D. students. Dr. Carley uses organization theory, dynamic network analysis, social networks, multi-agent systems, and computational social science to examine how cognitive, social, and institutional factors affect individual, team, social, and policy outcomes. She also develops tools for analyzing large-scale dynamic networks and multi-agent simulation systems for counter-terrorism and other applications. Dr. Carley has participated in several NRC studies, including the Committee on Modeling and Simulation for Defense Transformation and the Panel on Modeling Human Behavior and Command Decision Making: Representations for Military Simulations, and she was a key-note speaker at the 2010 Workshop on New Research Directions for the NGA. She holds B.S. degrees in economics and political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard University.


Dr. Grant C. Black
University of Missouri-St. Louis

Grant C. Black is a teaching professor and director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. His research focuses on the economics of science and innovation, local and regional economic issues, and economic education. Dr. Black has participated in several community activities associated with labor economics and economics education, including the Scientific Workforce Project sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research and studies carried out by the NRC Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy. He received the Michiana Forty Under 40 Award for professional and community service in 2009. Dr. Black is a member of the American Economic Association, Midwest Economics Association, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis's Economic Education Advisory Board, and the Global Association of Teachers of Economics. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Georgia State University.


Dr. John R. Jensen
University of South Carolina

John R. Jensen is Carolina Distinguished Professor and co-director of the GIS and Remote Sensing Center in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina. His research interests are in remote sensing of the environment, digital image processing, and biogeography. He is also a certified photogrammetrist. Dr. Jensen has written 4 textbooks on these subjects, including ???Remote Sensing of the Environment: An Earth Resource Perspective,??? ???Introductory Digital Image Processing: A Remote Sensing Perspective (now in its 3rd edition),??? and an electronic book on geospatial processing with interactive frames of instruction and animation. He also serves on education committees, and is a current member of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis Remote Sensing Core Curriculum Committee and a former chair of the Commission on Education in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems for the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Dr. Jensen is a former president and current fellow of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, and received that society???s Alan Gordon Memorial Award for significant achievements in remote sensing and photographic interpretation. He received his B.A. in geography (photogrammetry focus) from California State University, Fullerton, his M.S. in geography (photogrammetry and cartography focus) from Brigham Young University, and his Ph.D. in geography (remote sensing and cartography focus) from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Dr. Edward M. Mikhail
Purdue University

Edward M. Mikhail is a professor of photogrammetry and the head of Geomatics Engineering at Purdue University. He teaches and carries out research in photogrammetry, data adjustment, digital mapping, sensor modeling, and automated methods for feature extraction, matching, and analysis. He established Purdue???s graduate program in geomatics engineering, and has supervised more than 250 masters and some 30 Ph.D. students in photogrammetry and geomatics. He also teaches short-courses in various aspects of photogrammetry to government agencies and private companies. He is familiar with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and its needs for photogrammetrists, having spent a few sabbaticals there as a visiting scientist and serving on NGA???s Geopositioning and Photogrammetric Steering Group and its Technical Validation Committee. Dr. Mikhail has written or edited three books on photogrammetry, one of which is in its fifth edition. He is an honorary member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, a distinction held by no more than 25 members at any given time, and received that society???s Fairchild Photogrammetric Award for outstanding achievement. He holds a B.S. in civil engineering from Cairo University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in photogrammetry and geodesy from Cornell University.


Dr. Michael N. Solem
Association of American Geographers

Michael N. Solem is Director of Educational Affairs at the Association of American Geographers (AAG), where he leads research projects in graduate education and workforce development of geographers. He is also directing AAG???s most recent survey on trends in geography at North American universities. His publications on these topics appear regularly in the peer-reviewed literature and in conference proceedings. Dr. Solem serves as co-coordinator of the International Geographical Union???s International Network on Learning and Teaching Steering Committee, which seeks to improve the quality of learning and teaching of geography in higher education internationally. He received the Journal of Geography in Higher Education???s biennial award for promoting excellence in teaching and learning for his research on faculty development in postsecondary geography. He holds a B.S. in earth sciences from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in geography from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder, respectively.


Dr. Alexandre M. Bayen
University of California, Berkeley

Alexandre M. Bayen is an associate professor of systems engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the faculty, he spent a year as research director of the Autonomous Navigation Laboratory (Ministry of Defense) in France. His research interests are in mobile Internet applications (location-based services); participatory sensing; inverse modeling and data assimilation; and control, estimation, and optimization of distributed parameter systems. Current sensor-network projects are aimed at measuring water parameters, mapping earthquake shaking, and monitoring traffic. The latter (Mobile Millennium) received the 2008 Best of ITS Award for ???Best Innovative Practice??? at the ITS World Congress. Dr. Bayen received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and was a participant in the 2008 NAE Frontiers of Engineering symposium. He holds an engineering degree in applied mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique, France, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University.


Dr. Michael J. Zyda
University of Southern California

Michael J. Zyda is a professor of engineering practice in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Southern California. He also directs the university???s GamePipe Laboratory, which engages students in research and development of interactive games. He initiated two cross-disciplinary degree programs -- a B.S. in computer science (games) and an M.S. in computer science (game development) -- and doubled the incoming undergraduate enrollment of the Computer Science Department. Dr. Zyda is a pioneer in the fields of computer graphics, networked virtual environments, modeling and simulation, and serious games. His research interests include collaboration in entertainment and defense, and he has developed, for example, a game used by the Army for recruiting. He has also served on numerous NRC committees advising the Department of Defense, including the Committee on Modeling and Simulation: Linking Entertainment and Defense and the Committee on Defense Modeling, Simulation and Analysis, and he was a participant in the 2010 Workshop on New Research Directions for the NGA. Dr. Zyda is a National Associate of the National Academies and a member of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. He received a B.A. in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, an M.S. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Washington University, St. Louis.


Dr. Barbara P. Buttenfield
University of Colorado at Boulder

Barbara P. Buttenfield is a professor of geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She also directs the Meridian Lab, a small research facility focusing on visualization and modeling of geographic information and technology. Dr. Buttenfield???s research focuses on map generalization, multi-scale geospatial database design, algorithms for Web-based data delivery, and visualization of uncertainty in environmental modeling. She has also published on spatial data infrastructures, adoption of geospatial technologies, and digital libraries. While working on her master???s, she received 12 weeks of training in photogrammetry, photointerpretation, mapping, and charting, and spent a year as a cartographer at the Defense Mapping Agency, a predecessor organization to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Dr. Buttenfield has served on several NRC committees related to cartography and the mapping sciences, most recently the Committee on Basic and Applied Research Priorities in Geospatial Science for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. She is a past president of the Cartography and Geographic Information Society and a fellow of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping. In 2001, she was named GIS Educator of the Year by the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. She received her B.A. in geography from Clark University, her M.A. in geography from the University of Kansas, and her Ph.D. in geography from the University of Washington.


Dr. May Yuan
University of Oklahoma

May Yuan is Brandt Professor and Edith Kinney Gaylord Presidential Professor in the Geoinformatics Program at the University of Oklahoma. She also directs the university???s Center for Spatial Analysis. Her research interests are in temporal GIS, geographic representation, spatiotemporal information modeling, and applications of geographic information technologies to dynamic systems, such as wildfires and rainstorms. Dr. Yuan has served on several committees concerned with geospatial analysis and is currently president-elect of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science and a member of the NRC Mapping Science Committee. She is familiar with geospatial intelligence needs and has given several talks on research priorities, including a key-note talk at the NRC workshop on New Research Directions for the NGA. She is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board for the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, an organization aimed at bringing together industry, academia, government, professional organizations, and individual stakeholders to exchange ideas and share best practices in geospatial intelligence tradecraft. She received a B.S. in geography from National Taiwan University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the State University of New York at Buffalo.


Dr. Luc E. Anselin
Arizona State University

Luc E. Anselin, NAS, is the Walter Isard Chair and founding director of the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. He is also the founding director of the university???s GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation. Dr. Anselin???s research focuses on spatial data analysis and geographic information science, with application to regional and environmental economics, epidemiology, criminology, and political science. He is also interested in curriculum development and recently revamped the planning and graduate curricula and initiated a Ph.D. program in Urban Planning. Dr. Anselin has served on a number of committees related to education, geographic information science, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, including the Environmental Research Institute, Inc. International Advisory Board on GIScience Curriculum, and the Committee on the New Research Directions for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency: A Workshop. He is a fellow of the Spatial Econometric Society and the Regional Science Association International, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He holds a B.S. and M.A. from the Free University of Brussels and an M.A. and Ph.D. in regional science from Cornell University.