US: The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) has announced the 2017 recipients of its annual awards program. Award winners were recognized on the main stage at USGIF’s GEOINT 2017 Symposium, taking place from June 4-7, at Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
The USGIF Awards Program annually recognizes the exceptional work of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft’s brightest minds and organizations that are pushing the community forward. Award winners are nominated by their colleagues and selected by the USGIF Awards Subcommittee.
“Unwavering commitment to service, inspired innovation, academic rigor, and discipline are just some of the words that define the exceptional accomplishments of this year’s awardees,” said Kevin Jackson, USGIF Awards Subcommittee Chair. “Their accomplishments will have lasting effects on our nation and the world.”
The 2017 USGIF Award winners are:
In the Academic Achievement Award category, the Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Image Generation (DIRSIG) development team from Rochester Institute of Technology was recognized for the system engineering research and sensor performance modeling for phenomenological studies.
In the Community Support Achievement Award category, Dyah Goodman and Michael B. Mosteller, from National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) were honored for championing small businesses at NGA.
The NGB-J2 DAART developing team of the National Guard Bureau received the Government Achievement Award for designing, developing, and operationalizing the Domestic Operations Awareness and Assessment Response Tool.
In the Industry Achievement Award category, the SpyMeSat team of Orbit Logic was recognized to enhance and maintain the SpyMeSat mobile app, which is available for free download via the Apple and Google Play stores. SpyMeSat is also available for download by authorized government users via NGA’s GEOINT App Store. This groundbreaking mobile app has to date been downloaded 82,000 times. It is the first mobile app to provide notifications and dynamic display of overhead imaging satellites, including details on system capabilities.
And last but not the least, the Canadian Armed Forces, for deploying the Unclassified Remote-sensing Situational Awareness (URSA) system, were awarded with Military Achievement Award.