Johnson, Ph.D., Shawana

Johnson, Ph.D., Shawana

Global Commercial Geospatial Subject Matter Expert, CSO at Descartes Labs Government

Dr. Shawana P. Johnson, GISP, is a global commercial remote sensing subject matter expert providing Geospatial Business Intelligence Expertise™ assisting government clients with the vast range of data available from open source intelligence and commercial Spaceborne, Airborne and Terrestrial based Sensors and their Interoperability with the Government and Global Business community focused on AI/ML usage of sensors for Communications, National Security, Energy Resources, Agriculture and Water Sustainability; and Logistics and Supply Chain. Dr. Johnson has worked with Descartes Labs since 2015 supporting them as the Chief Science Officer for Remote Sensing. Her database consists of over 1million current geospatial contacts globally which provides real user input for client sensor access and application success. Her expertise encompasses interacting with global ground stations, launch providers, satellite developers, defense contracting and acquisition organizations, National Labs, and hundreds of small and mid-sized geospatial value-added organizations. Dr. Johnson was awarded a certificate of completion for the Senior Managers in Government Program, 8/2019, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education and received her Doctorate Degree in Management from Case Western Reserve University, The Weatherhead School of Management; Cleveland, Ohio in 1998 focused on Economics and Technology Transfer and is currently certified by The GIS Certification Institute, Park Ridge, Illinois – as a Geographic Business Information Systems Professional (GISP), 2007, 2012, 2018. Dr. Johnson is a Global Subject Matter Expert in the Geospatial Industry, and advises the Commercial as well as Intelligence Community sectors. She is an advocate for the Geospatial Industry and is a well-known speaker and has authored many geospatial industry specific articles, white papers and book chapters. She serves on multiple industry boards, government committees, and associations which serve to advance the science of remote sensing and geospatial technology and young professionals. Representing Descartes Labs Government, Dr. Johnson will be presenting as a finalist in the 2022 Innovative Tradecraft Competition at GEOINT.