Walter Scott

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
MDA Space

Speaker: Commercial Earth Observation Data for Government: Use Cases and Regulatory Pathways

Dr. Scott manages the development of DigitalGlobe’s satellite systems, R&D, and DigitalGlobe’s Platform and Services Business Units.

He founded DigitalGlobe in 1992 and received the first high resolution commercial remote sensing license from the U.S. Government in 1993. Today, DigitalGlobe operates a 5-satellite imaging constellation with the highest resolution, best revisit and greatest capacity in the industry.

From 1986 through 1992, Dr. Scott was with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where he led the “Brilliant Pebbles” program, a constellation of small (microsat) space based interceptors for the Strategic Defense Initiative.

Prior to LLNL, Dr. Scott founded Scott Consulting, where he developed Unix networking subsystems, and a pioneering email system utilizing public key encryption.

Dr. Scott holds an A.B. in Applied Mathematics, magna cum laude, from Harvard and Ph.D. and M.S. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. He was a visiting student for a year at Edinburgh University in Scotland.

Dr. Scott was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young in 2004 for the Rocky Mountain Region in the Emerging Technology category.

He serves on the board of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).