The Potomac Region is pleased to announce the election of the following Members to the Board.
Secretary/Treasurer: Jackie Carr
Jackie Carr is a Photogrammetric Engineer employed by Integrity Applications Incorporated with over 20 years of experience in photogrammetry, geomatics and land surveying. Focused primarily on research and development in the last eleven years, she supports the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community working interesting problems in photogrammetric sensor modeling, rigorous image exploitation and standardization to ensure trusted exchange of geospatial data, products and related information. She has presented individually and with colleagues numerous times at ASPRS and other technical conferences. For Ms.
Carr, photogrammetry and geomatics is a second career. She holds a master’s degree from Purdue University in Geomatics as well as a master’s degree in American Studies from Michigan State University. Her first exposure to the responsibilities of board leadership and commitment came early in her career working with her Board of Directors as the Director of the Michigan Museum of Surveying. She understands the roles and duties a board member performs supporting an organization and a professional community. Her broad range of experience including numerous early professional commitments to small businesses and organizations continues to be an asset in the challenges serving her government customer.
Region Director: Michael Paquette
Mr. Michael Paquette has more than 25 years’ experience as a geospatial and remote sensing professional and more than two decades of leadership and managerial experience. He retired from the United States Navy in 2009, serving both enlisted and as an officer, commissioning just after 9/11. He conducted four tours to the Middle East supporting U.S. military operations in the Persian Gulf, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Following his active-duty Navy career, he continues to support the Federal Government in the geospatial information systems (GIS) and remote sensing areas. He has been directly involved in electro-optical (EO), synthetic aperture radar (SAR), multi-spectral, hyperspectral, LiDAR, and GIS projects that have brought about innovative techniques and provided excellent results. He was selected to assist in the LiDAR National Imagery Interpretation Rating Scale (NIIRS) evaluation. He initiated and led a baseline project for worldwide shorelines utilizing commercial imagery to improve upon the World Vector Shoreline. He has been directly involved in the visualization of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) enterprise architecture. Most recently, he has been working to pioneer advanced analytic methods and develop concepts of operations for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC). He qualified to be an Adjunct Instructor at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for GIS. He was selected to assist in the GISCI – GISP Certification exam creation and validation, additionally, while serving at the Office of Naval Intelligence, he was directly involved in the validation of the NGA certification program. He attained his Master’s Degree from Penn State in Homeland Security – Geospatial Intelligence and qualified for the GISP certification. He lives in Herndon, VA with his wife, daughter and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.
Region Officers Council Representative: Mukul Sonwalkar
Mukul Sonwalkar graduated from George Mason University with a PhD in Earth Systems and Geoinformation Science (2012). Upon completion of his PhD, Dr. Sonwalkar founded a startup company (H3C) in the DC Metro area and got involved working for government and research agencies on geospatial contracts including these- NIH, NOAA, New York State, & GMU C4I, in the capacity of a consultant and subject matter expert. Dr. Sonwalkar is currently the Founder President of the company. Prior to graduation, Dr. Sonwalkar was in academia for over 5 years, teaching various undergraduate courses in GIS and CAD and mentoring students on projects related to Precision Agriculture and NASA’s Moonbuggy collegiate event. Dr. Sonwalkar holds a Bachelors degree in Construction Engineering and a Masters degree in Computer Science. His interests include geospatial analytics, location services and context-aware geography. During graduate school, he was involved in the local ASPRS chapter and volunteered for on-campus events and website content. Dr. Sonwalkar is based in Maryland and lives there with his wife and two sons.