Lt. Col. Michael Wood, a U.S. Army Geospatial Engineer Officer, is one of the first GEOINT professionals to achieve USGIF’s Universal GEOINT Professional (UGP) certification, the highest designation in the Foundation’s burgeoning Universal GEOINT Certification Program.

“Certifications help government, industry, and academic institutions recognize the growing professional geospatial team and its part within the STEM community,” said Wood, who is with the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence’s GEOINT team at the Pentagon. “When I found out about USGIF’s certification program, I was excited to see how the Foundation was developing it and looked forward to seeing if I could pass all of the exams.”

small

Lt. Col. Michael Wood, UGP

To become a UGP, Wood passed all three USGIF exams—GIS and Analysis Tools, Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis, and Geospatial Data Management—during the program’s pilot testing phase to earn the corresponding certifications. Candidates who hold all three USGIF certifications are then eligible to apply for the overarching UGP designation. USGIF announced its first UGP recipients in May at GEOINT 2016.

Wood has a wide range of military geospatial and topographic skills. He led the Army’s 5th Geospatial Planning Cell, the 320th Topographic Company, and the 60th Planning and Control Cell. He was also a team leader and instructor at the National Geospatial-Intelligence College for synthetic aperture radar, and in 2005 was the Iraq theater geospatial engineer officer. Wood holds two master’s degrees, one in defense geographic information from the Royal School of Military Survey of Cranfield University in the U.K., and a master’s degree in military art and science in strategic intelligence from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, where his thesis focused on mapping human geography.

“It feels awesome to be a part of this certification and the continued professionalization of the growing GEOINT field,” said Wood, adding he would recommend the program to others in the GEOINT Community.

“The [USGIF] tests and questions were very thought-provoking and helped me understand where some of my skills and knowledge could be improved,” Wood said. “I expect that in the future, the USGIF certifications will be used by various organizations as part of the job application process in order to quickly identify those individuals—both leaders and technicians—who have specific skills sets for the growing geospatial job market.”

Wood said his future goals include pursuing his Ph.D. and continuing to explore, map, and meet more great people doing meaningful work in the GEOINT Community.

Learn more about USGIF’s Universal GEOINT Certification Program.

Related


Posted by Lindsay Tilton Mitchell

One Comment

  1. information on Dating Chinese girls

    Get reddit premiumBe respectful, Avoid prejudiced, Racist or pungent language. Homophobic/sexist/bigoted slurs may get you banned all of a sudden. that also includes terms like “Sexpat” together with “Chinaman, If in doubt please err to the side of caution.

    Post Chinese interpretation requests to /r/translator

    the best place for travel advice is still /r/travel or /r/travelchina but if you must post here, Be clear and particular as we are not itinerary planners.

    work permit FAQ HERE. Please submit visa inquiries to /r/ChinaVisa.

    No meta excitement or subreddit dilemma.

    Memes are permitted, But no low tricky work circlejerk. Terms among them Tim, bitter, nong, Vivian in addition to. Will be removed with no warning, And posters who rely on them may be banned.

    Do not create alt accounts with regards to attacking another user.

    All reddit links had to be NP links : highlights

    Please post in English where viable. Chinese submissions should be in the middle of English translations and submitted with English titles as 99% of reddit users cannot read Chinese.

    Positive karma needs to post or comment on /r/China.

    When linking to news weblog posts, Please use screen title, Or an easy how to impress a chinese girl and accurate one of your own. Editorialized, inciteful, incorrect, Sensationalist, And/or misleading titles may result in the removal of the post. If you add a judgment byline, Please ensure that it is directly clear which part is opinion.

    You also need to be forward and honest about as much independence that you expect/need. If explore Asian, You probably don want to live with your in laws and you should make this clear at the beginning of romantic relationship. prefer a financially fair relationship, You should also make this clear as many Chinese women by default expect their boyfriend/husband to pay for pretty much everything.

    1) It unique and she will look after you well like cooking and stuff. So more womanly than Western girls in most areas.

Leave a reply