With over 35 years of experience in applying Earth observations to societal issues, Dr. Bradley D. Doorn leads a NASA team of water and agriculture applied research experts that coordinate a national community of funded researchers, collaborations with decision makers and partnerships with NASA research, satellite missions and education.
Previously, Bradley was the division director of the International Production Assessment Division in the Office of Global Analysis, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). During his tenure as director, Bradley also managed the USDA Remote Sensing Program, which was responsible for global agriculture monitoring and the USDA Satellite Imagery Archive.
Bradley served on active duty for nearly 10 years as a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Officer, including Company Commander of the 175th Topographic Company in direct support of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, NC facilities. At the rank of major, he entered the Retired Reserve in 2010.
Bradley spent five years in private industry as a manager and computer programmer for remote sensing, GIS and mapping projects. He is a long-time member and officer (including president) of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and is currently on the Executive Council of the National Integrated Drought Information System — among many other committees and professional duties over the years.
Bradley received his doctorate and master’s degrees from The Ohio State University in Geodetic Science and Surveying and a bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. Currently, he is a part-time instructor for Penn State University’s Dutton e-Education Institute, where he teaches a graduate course on the principles of using remote sensing in geographic information systems.