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How the NAVY Utilizes Geospatial Technologies

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Join us for this webinar as we understand how the NAVY utilizes geospatial technologies and what opportunities small businesses have to work with the NAVY at Stennis Space Center.

Dr. William Burnett

Deputy Commander and Technical Director to the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command/ Task Group 80.7. In this role, he shares operational responsibility for a fleet of six survey ships, over 2,000 civilian and military personnel and a budget over $300 Million. Dr. Burnett also serves as a Computational Technology Area Leader in Climate, Weather and Ocean for the Department of Defense’s High Performance Computing Modernization Office.

Prior to being promoted to the Senior Executive Service in January 2012, Dr. Burnett worked at the National Data Buoy Center, recognized as a world leader in providing operational, real-time marine observations by being named the world’s first Regional Marine Instrumentation Center. Dr. Burnett also served on the International Tsunami Commission and as the U.S. National Representative to the World Meteorological Organization’s and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Data Buoy Cooperation Panel.

Before joining the National Weather Service in 2004, Dr. Burnett was the Plans and Programs Division Head at the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. In 1992, he joined the staff of the Naval European Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Rota, Spain, and served as the Oceanographic Services Officer where he developed a new data exchange system that provided products and observations to the Fleet during Operation Provide Promise/Deny Flight. Dr. Burnett joined the Naval Oceanographic Office in 1988 as a meteorologist at the Operational Oceanography Center. Dr. Burnett began his career in 1985 as a physical science aide and storm chaser with the Storm Electricity Group at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman, Okla.

He received a bachelor’s of science in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 1988. He received masters and doctoral degrees in marine science from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Burnett has authored many articles on Naval Oceanography and was the lead author of the environmental section for two Department of Defense studies focused on high performance computing and numerical prediction of optical turbulence for weapons systems. He serves as a media spokesman and has provided numerous interviews to media outlets such as the Discovery Channel, CNN, and NPR.

Nathan L. Hopper, Ph.D.

Dr. Hopper is a geospatial specialist in the Naval Oceanographic Office’s Geographical Information System and Dissemination Branch. He currently serves as the principal investigator for the cooperative research and development agreement between Esri and Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command. Dr. Hopper is also the technical lead on creating a physical battlespace command center that requires accessing, analyzing and visualizing disparate multi-dimension environmental datasets. He is the lead developer for the pirate attack risk surface that was awarded the Computerworld Honors Laureate in the field of Safety and Security in 2013.

Dr. Hopper began his professional career with the Naval Oceanographic Office in 2003 as a physical scientist working within the Warfighting Support Center’s Littoral Branch. During this time, he routinely served as a GIS Subject Matter Expert, Team Lead, Project Manager and Branch Head. He also was a participating member of the crisis action teams that supported relief efforts during the Indonesian Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. He was awarded the Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal in 2006.

Dr. Hopper has been an active member of the American Association of Geographers for more than 12 years and served as an adjunct professor for the Geography departments of Pearl River Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi as well as the Marine Science Department at the University of Southern Mississippi. In 2013, Dr. Hopper authored “A Geographical Approach for Integrating Belief Networks and Geographic Information Sciences to Probabilistically Predict River Depth” and co-authored “Relationships of Habitat-type to Surface Elevation on the Mississippi-Alabama Barrier Islands, Northern Gulf of Mexico.” He has also served as a reviewer for the Southeastern Geographer (a peer-reviewed journal).

A native of Speedwell, TN Dr. Hopper received a Bachelor of Science degree in geography from East Tennessee State University. He received his Master of Science and Ph.D. in Geographic Information Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi. He also holds a professional certification in GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of New Orleans.

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