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First Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Awarded

2 November 2016

NEW YORK, NY – Riverside Research, a not-for-profit company primarily serving the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Intelligence Community (IC), partnered with the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) to create the Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications. The scholarship provides financial support to students engaged in the study of defense or intelligence-related disciplines.

USGIF awarded the new $10,000 scholarship to Anne Aryadne Bennett of the University of Southern California (USC) this fall. Anne received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University and will use the scholarship toward her graduate studies in astronautical engineering at USC.

“Being the first recipient of the Ken Miller Scholarship is very exciting and such a great honor,” Bennett said. “It will allow me to complete my master’s degree in astronautical engineering so that I can hit the ground running in a PhD program in aerospace engineering.”

Bennett ultimately wants to pursue a career in research and development at a national lab or research institute, and contribute to the innovation of the nation’s space capabilities. She is currently an aerospace systems engineer at Orbital ATK and hopes her diverse engineering background will help her become successful in a fast-paced research and development environment upon finishing her coursework.

“Riverside Research is proud to offer the Ken Miller Scholarship,” said Dr. Steven Omick, President and CEO of the company. “As a research and innovation company, we believe that it is necessary  to grow the technical workforce by providing support to students pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.”

The Ken Miller Scholarship for Advanced Remote Sensing Applications, named after a founding father of measurement and signatures intelligence (MASINT), is funded by proceeds from the Riverside Research-authored textbook, The Phenomenology of Intelligence-focused Remote Sensing. Riverside Research and USGIF will award the next scholarship recipient in fall 2017.

About Riverside Research

Riverside Research Institute is a not-for-profit organization chartered to advance scientific research for the benefit of the US government and in the public interest. Our not-for-profit status allows us to be independent, unbiased, and unencumbered by short-term financial objectives. This long-term view allows us to reinvest our earnings into the continuous development of our technical workforce and an open innovation approach to research. Our open innovation R&D model encourages both internal and external collaboration to accelerate innovation, advance science, and expand market opportunities. With integrated, secure laboratories in Dayton, OH, Boston, MA, Washington, DC, and New York City, NY, our Open Innovation Center conducts independent and mission-focused research in critical technology areas delivering trusted solutions in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Radar, Electromagnetics, Cyber, Biomedical Engineering, Optics, Plasma, and Radio Frequency Systems. Learn more at


USGIF is a nonprofit educational foundation dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger GEOINT Community with government, industry, academia, professional organizations, and individuals who develop and apply geospatial intelligence to address national security challenges. USGIF achieves its mission via its strategic pillars: Build the Community | Advance the Tradecraft | Accelerate innovation. For more information, visit

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