Dr. Catherine Nakalembe

Dr. Catherine Nakalembe is an Associate Research Professor at the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences. Her research focuses on developing remote sensing and machine learning applications for smallholder agriculture, early warning of food insecurity, and disaster assessment in Africa. She is the Africa Program Director for NASA Harvest and a NASA SERVIR Applied Sciences team member. 

She is an award-winning scientist, including a 2022 Highest Civilian Award: The Golden Jubilee Medal-Civilians of Uganda and the 2020 Africa Food Prize for her dedication to improving food security in Africa through the enhanced use of Earth observation.