Penn State Online Geospatial Intelligence Program
Stephen P. Handwerk joined the Penn State Geospatial Education Program faculty in November 2012 after nearly 33 years with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and it’s predecessor organizations NIMA and DMA. Starting as a cartographer and physical scientist, over half of his career he was involved with the design, development, and management of large geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) training programs for NGA, the Intelligence Community, and their international partners. Prior to NGA, Steve served as a US Navy surface warfare officer. He now serves as the Manager of GEOINT Professional Engagement and Outreach, where he maintains contact with government, commercial, and non-profit organizations involved with GEOINT. Steve also serves as Penn State’s GEOINT career counselor, and is the lead instructor for GEOG 885. He contributed to the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s (USGIF) 2015 and 2016 State of GEOINT Reports, and created the capstone exercise for the 2016 GEOINT and the Geospatial Revolution MOOC. He also administers the Penn State Michael Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence. Steve holds a BS in Geography from Penn State (1974), and a MA in Administrative Sciences from George Washington University (1989).
Born in Minnesota, Steve grew up in Minnesota, Ohio, and Virginia. In his youth, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout, played varsity football, and performed in numerous choirs. He graduated from Oakton High School, Vienna, VA in 1970. At Penn State, he was a member of the Navy ROTC program, Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity, and the University Concert Choir.
Steve and his wife Molly live in the Harrisburg, PA area. They have six grandchildren nearby and in northern Virginia. Steve is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association, the Nittany Lion Club, the U.S. Naval Institute, the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), and the American Legion. He is an avid Penn State football fan. Steve and his wife also enjoy traveling, and visiting microbreweries and wineries.