Walter Scott

Walter Scott

Founder & CTO: DigitalGlobe

In 1992, Dr. Walter Scott founded DigitalGlobe (then WorldView Imaging) where he served as chairman of the board until 1995 when he became the company’s CTO. Under Dr. Scott’s guidance, DigitalGlobe was the first company ever to receive a high-resolution commercial remote sensing license from the U.S. Government. As CTO, Dr. Scott currently oversees technical operation for DigitalGlobe’s sub-meter commercial imaging satellite system. He currently leads the team that is executing the company’s WorldView program, building DigitalGlobe’s next generation satellite and ground processing system.

Walter has more than 25 years of experience in sophisticated space, defense, computing and remote sensing programs. Before founding DigitalGlobe in 1992, Walter worked at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), where he served as assistant associate director of the Physics Department, managed the “Brilliant Pebbles” Strategic Defense Initiative program, and led the development of computer automated design and manufacturing tools for wafer-scale integration. Prior to joining LLNL, Walter was president of Scott Consulting, a Unix systems and applications consulting firm.

In 2004, Dr. Scott received the 2004 Colorado Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the emerging technology category. Walter received his doctorate and master of science degrees in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley; and a bachelor of arts in applied mathematics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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