Saint Louis University has signed a collaborative research and development agreement with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for geospatial research, training and innovation initiatives, according to a recent announcement.
“Because of SLU’s diverse geospatial research and training portfolio, we are well positioned to support the NGA’s work,” said Fred Pestello, president of Saint Louis University. “Our expertise is an asset for the agency as well as the region, and I am pleased that we will be able to partner with the NGA on their vital work.”
Saint Louis University will provide the NGA with subject matter expertise, test support and technical assistance in emerging research areas, like unmanned aircraft systems and predictors of regional conflict. The university will also provide geospatial training and professional development.
The partnership is part of a new initiative at Saint Louis University, called GeoSLU, which seeks to leverage existing geospatial expertise at the university to create a leading center for geospatial research, training and innovation in St. Louis.
The NGA is currently building its $1.7 billion western headquarters in north St. Louis.
The new site, just north of downtown, is conveniently located adjacent to a variety of innovative and cultural areas. The Cortex Innovation Community and Washington Avenue, both vibrant startup and innovation districts, are to its south and west, as are the cultural and sporting areas of the Central West End, Forest Park, Grand Center and Clark Avenue.
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