George Mason University Selected as Recipient of Intergraph® Geospatial Software Global Education Grant

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—November 19, 2008— George Mason University (GMU) has been awarded an Intergraph® Global Education Grant in support of United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) prestigious GEOINT accreditation. Intergraph’s Global Education Grant program advances collaboration between academic and commercial communities to promote the role of geospatial technology in today's society.

As a result of this grant, students enrolled in GMU’s Geospatial Intelligence Graduate Certificate program will utilize Intergraph’s geospatial production and exploitation software as part of their core curriculum. Defense and intelligence agencies around the world rely on Intergraph’s geospatial intelligence production solution to create robust digital and hardcopy intelligence products. Intergraph’s exploitation suite allows agencies to organize, pre-process, manage, and integrate geospatial data for advanced image exploitation and geospatial intelligence fusion.

GMU is one of three universities thus far recognized by the USGIF that fulfill the organization’s strict GEOINT learning objectives in support of promoting the geointelligence tradecraft.

“With strong expertise in geoinformatics, ranging from remote sensing and geographic information science to digital image analysis and sensor networks, George Mason is uniquely positioned to offer a world-leading certificate program in geospatial intelligence,” said Anthony Stefanidis, Ph.D., academic director and associate professor, Department of Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences at GMU. “Intergraph’s geospatial production and exploitation software, combined with the expertise of our staff, create an excellent learning environment to ensure our students are poised to meet the challenges of constantly evolving geospatial intelligence situations.”

“Our Geospatial Intelligence Accreditation and Certificate Program ensures that students studying within these accredited programs obtain the broad set of technical and analytical skills necessary to embark upon a successful career in the fast-growing geospatial intelligence field,” said USGIF President Keith J. Masback. “We commend Intergraph for providing George Mason’s students with another tool with which they can further their education. We also encourage other colleges and universities to take advantage of this unique opportunity to provide their students with enhanced GEOINT tradecraft educational offerings. Upon completion of these programs, students will find themselves in high demand, with a distinct competitive advantage when looking for meaningful employment in our Community.”

“Intergraph’s Global Education Grant program strives to ensure that the geospatial intelligence professionals of tomorrow are well-versed in the latest technologies, and we are honored to support George Mason University’s efforts in providing its students with fundamental knowledge on geospatial intelligence,” said John K. Graham, Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure division president.

In addition to the company’s Geospatial Production and Exploitation Software Grant, which is exclusively available to universities that have obtained USGIF GEOINT accreditation, Intergraph offers a complete range of geospatial and enterprise engineering education grants. Nearly 400 universities and academic organizations, as well as professional industry groups and associations worldwide, participate in the Intergraph Education Grant and Registered Research Laboratory programs for qualified universities, laboratories, and institutions of higher education.

The analogous enterprise engineering education program, the Intergraph Power, Process & Marine Education Grant, introduces educators and students in marine and/or plant-oriented engineering programs to next generation 3D modeling software. For more information, or to apply for an Intergraph Education grant, please contact Email Contact.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch by U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, dance, organizational psychology and health care, Mason students are routinely recognized with national and international scholarships. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage.


USGIF is a not-for-profit educational corporation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger community of interest between government, industry, academia, professional organizations and individuals sharing a mission focus around the development and application of geospatial intelligence to address national security objectives.

About Intergraph

Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph’s industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data into understandable visual representations and actionable intelligence. Intergraph’s software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.

Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially-powered solutions to the defense and intelligence, public safety and security, government, transportation, photogrammetry, utilities, and communications industries. For more information, visit .

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