Michelle Watson is the global director for geospatial solutions at Jacobs. Over the past 21 years with Jacobs, Watson has held many different roles and worked across many industries including defense, mining, ports and maritime, water infrastructure, and telecommunications. She is a passionate advocate for spatially enabled decision-making. From her early years at university, she saw the potential for spatial skills and capabilities to both understand and shape our world.
Curious by nature, Watson enjoys understanding how client organizations work, and as a daughter of small business owners, she was influenced and driven to find efficiencies and seek out practical solutions to real problems. She has been fortunate in her career to have been afforded the opportunity to bring all of these elements to life in her work.
Perhaps now more than ever, she is excited by the possibilities that geospatial solutions offer in shaping a more resilient and sustainable world—allowing us to unpack the complexities that surround today's challenges so that we can more reliably predict and test the impact and effects of potential solutions. Advances in geospatial technology continue to strengthen its role in facilitating cross-discipline collaboration and, in doing so, creating the foundation for next generation science and engineering.