rainstorms. She was the president of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, and has served on several committees concerned with geospatial analysis. She is currently a member of the NRC Mapping Science Committee and the Academic Advisory Board for the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. She is familiar with geospatial intelligence needs and co-organized a workshop on geographic dynamics sponsored by the intelligence community and produced two books on the subject after the workshop.
Michael J. Zyda is a professor of engineering practice in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Southern California. He also directs the university’s GamePipe Laboratory, which engages students in research and development of interactive games. He initiated two cross-disciplinary degree programs—a B.S. in computer science (games) and an M.S. in computer science (game development)—and doubled the incoming undergraduate enrollment of the Computer Science Department. Dr. Zyda is a pioneer in the fields of computer graphics, networked virtual environments, modeling and simulation, and serious games. His research interests include collaboration in entertainment and defense, and he has developed, for example, a game used by the Army for recruiting. He has also served on numerous NRC committees advising the Department of Defense, including the Committee on Modeling and Simulation: Linking Entertainment and Defense and the Committee on Defense Modeling, Simulation and Analysis, and he was a participant in the 2010 Workshop on New Research Directions for the NGA. Dr. Zyda is a National Associate of the National Academies and a member of the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. He received a B.A. in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego, an M.S. in computer science from the University of Massachusetts, and a Ph.D. in computer science from Washington University, St. Louis.