Why geospatial technology may be another new field of interest for innovative colleges and universities
[Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Community College Daily. It is reprinted with permission.]
Geospatial technologies may have quietly entered Americans’ lives via smart phones and electronic toll collection systems, but they are part of a revolution that Keith Masback wants people, particularly educators, to pay attention to.
“Geospatial intelligence is fundamentally about exploration, understanding the world around us,” Masback said, explaining that the revolution is due to phenomenal devices that most people previously encountered only in spy novels.
Geospatial intelligence imagery—whether its source is on-the-ground sensors, space satellites or low-flying drones—“goes into almost every aspect of everything we do,” Masback said in his keynote address at the opening of the Advanced Technological Education Principal Investigators Conference on Wednesday.
More than 800 people, including students, attended the three-day conference where recipients of National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education grants share information about their work to improve technician education and STEM education programs. On Thursday, journalist Esther J. Cepeda offered tips for educators to make their high-tech education programs more appealing to prospective students and their families.