Karen Schuckman is an Associate Teaching Professor of Geography at The Pennsylvania State University, teaching remote sensing and geospatial technology in the online GIS programs offered by the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. Prior to her move to Penn State, as the Geospatial Technology Leader at URS from 2005-2006, Ms. Schuckman supported response, recovery and mitigation projects with FEMA following Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. From 1995 – 2005, she was with the EarthData group, where she held several positions including geospatial applications director for EarthData Solutions; senior vice-president of EarthData Technologies; and president and general manager of EarthData International of North Carolina. Notable projects led by Ms. Schuckman for EarthData include lidar acquisition for the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program, numerous transportation mapping projects for state DOT’s, and technology demonstration projects for NOAA, NASA and the US Department of Transportation. Prior to joining the private sector, Ms. Schuckman worked for the USGS National Mapping Division, in Menlo Park, California. She serves currently as Managing Director of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (APSRS). She is a former vice-chair of the NOAA Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) and a member of the National Research Council Committees on Floodplain Mapping Technologies and FEMA Flood Map Accuracy. She holds a MS in Geospatial Information Systems from Penn State University, is an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist, ASPRS Certified Mapping Scientist – Lidar, and Professional Land Survey.
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