MAGIC 2010 Keynote Speakers

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Michael Jones, Chief Technology Advocate, Google

Michael Jones is Google's Chief Technology Advocate, charged with advancing the technology to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful. Michael travels the globe to meet and speak with governments, businesses, partners and customers in order to advance Google's mission and technology. He previously was Chief Technologist of Google Maps, Earth, and Local Search——the teams responsible for providing location intelligence and information in global context to users worldwide. Before its acquisition by Google, Michael was CTO of Keyhole Corporation, the company that developed the technology used today in Google Earth. He was also CEO of Intrinsic Graphics, and earlier, was Director of Advanced Graphics at Silicon Graphics. A prolific inventor and computer programmer since the 4th grade, he has developed scientific and interactive computer graphics software, held engineering and business executive roles, and is an avid reader, traveler and amateur photographer using a home-built 4 gigapixel camera made with parts from the U2/SR71.


Lawrie Jordan, Director of Imagery Enterprise Solutions, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

Lawrie Jordan is the director of imagery enterprise solutions for ESRI, as well as special assistant to Jack Dangermond, President of ESRI. In this capacity, he serves as an advocate for successful applications of all forms of imagery within the GIS enterprise, including environmental, civil, and defense solutions.

Jordan has over 30 years of experience as a leader in the field of image processing and remote sensing, including a long standing strategic partnership with ESRI. He has been an advisor to numerous government organizations on current and future trends involving imagery and satellite programs. His background education is in landscape architecture, with degrees from The University of Georgia and Harvard University.


Adena Schutzberg, Executive Director, Directions Magazine

Growth & Reach of GIS, a Perspective from the Media

Adena Schutzberg is Executive Editor of Directions Magazine and contributes to its widely-read weekly electronic newsletters and website. Before joining Directions Magazine, Schutzberg founded and edited GIS Monitor for nearly five years.

She is also the Principal of ABS Consulting Group, Inc., a GIS consulting firm providing services to clients including GIS software, data and imagery companies.

Before opening her own company, Schutzberg headed U.S. operations for UK-based Cadcorp, and held several positions at ESRI over eight years. She began her career heading Arthur D. Little’s CAD/GIS lab and teaching college geography. She holds a BA in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and an MS in Geography from Pennsylvania State University.


Jim Langtry, Chair, MidAmerica GIS Consortium (MAGIC)

Jim is currently Chair and a Nebraska representative to the Mid-America GIS Consortium (MAGIC) and is employed as the USGS Geospatial Liaison for Nebraska. He has a bachelor's degree in Architecture and a Master's Degree in Geography, both from University of Nebraska. He has over 19 years of experience in GIS being involved with the development of Lancaster County's GIS since it's inception in 1988 through 2007. Jim has also served as a proxy member of the Nebraska GIS Steering Committee; served on the development committee that created the Nebraska GIS/LIS Association and served as a member of the Board and President of that Association. His involvement in GIS and work with other agencies in the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County has earned the combined Lincoln/Lancaster County Enterprise GIS system several awards as well as being regarded as an outstanding example of an Enterprise Geographic Information System. Jim has participated in several of the semi-annual Nebraska GIS Symposium organizing committees and was Chairman of the 2003 Symposium. He received his GIS Professional (GISP) designation in March of 2004.