SpaceBase Podcast

From Anthropology to Satellite Applications for the Good of Planet Earth: An Interview with Scott Madry

June 26, 2023 Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom Episode 53
SpaceBase Podcast
From Anthropology to Satellite Applications for the Good of Planet Earth: An Interview with Scott Madry
Show Notes

An interview with Dr. Scott Madry, Research Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.  He is also the founder and President of Informatics International, Inc., a global geospatial services company. He is a professor emeritus at the International Space University and has served as faculty in over 30 ISU programs around the world. 

 Scott has a Ph.D. in Anthropology and is a three time Fullbright Scholar. He specializes in space remote sensing, GIS, GPS, and regional, environment and cultural applications. He has consulted for a variety of Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and organizations including NASA, NATO, the UN, the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Commerce, the US Army Corps of Engineers, NC DOT, and several international governments..

He is the author of nine books and over 75 articles and papers.  He has conducted research in three continents, and has given over 150 short courses and seminars in over 30 countries around the world. 

 Scott was awarded the Russian Tsiolkovsky Gold Medal for his international research and teaching activities and has won several awards for his activities on behalf of the Red Cross. In 2012 he was awarded, the President’s Volunteer Service Award by President Barak Obama for his work in applying geomatics technologies to disaster management.

With regards to his NZ connection, Scott has been a speaker, mentor, and evaluator for the Space for Planet Earth Challenge.

In this interview we will dive into Scott's extensive experience in satellite applications and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) to work on planetary challenges - from tracking endangered gorillas in Africa to assisting disaster responders in Mynmar, and more.


Scott's Linkedin
Scott's UNC website
International Space University
Open source GIS (QGIS)
Disaster Management Tools

Scott's  books mentioned:
Space Systems for Disaster, Warning, Response, and Recovery
Disruptive Space Technologies and Innovation
Introduction to QGIS (Open Sourced Geographic Information Systems)

Hosted by: Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom, Co-Founder and CEO, SpaceBase
Music: reCreation by airtone (c) copyright 2019 Licensed under a Creative Commons (3.0)

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