Robert Kraft

  • EMS Degrees: B.S., Geography (1989)Postbaccalaureate Certificate, Geographic Information Systems (2016)
  • My Job: GEOINT Officer and Systems Engineer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
  • Hometown: San Diego, California
  • Fun Fact About Me: I have a cycling addiction.

More About Me

My Penn State degree imbued me with solid core values: We ARE...hard working, selfless, dependable, forthright, and fun-loving.

In a nutshell, my career entails advising the U.S. Navy with cost/schedule/performance efficiencies through increased GIS integration between their systems & platforms and our national architecture.

The professors who influenced me most were Peter Gould and Rod Erickson. Professor Gould because he imparted his passion for geography and analysis onto me. Professor Erickson, my academic adviser, because he paid me the best compliment ("You should think about becoming a geography professor; you'd be good") and he has stayed in contact with me throughout my career.

As a Penn State graduate, I love that I can serve the nation and recruit new Penn Staters.

My fondest Penn State memory is walking past Old Main in December of 1989 in a light flurry on a cold gray afternoon, knowing I would be graduating in a few weeks, and already feeling maudlin about having to leave "Dear Old State."

The podcast I listen to faithfully is Marketplace. I listen to it five days a week!

The holiday I always look forward to is Thanksgiving for the food and family, of course!

You can tell I bleed blue and white because I own about 87 articles of Penn State apparel, a badge lanyard, coffee mugs, lapel pins, and have the "Seven Nation Army" ringtone on my phone. I am also an academic recruiter for Penn State and get to talk to thousands of prospective students and their parents every year.

My go-to music is rock, country, and jazz (mainstream/bebop).

My career advice for students: Work on your financial literacy: develop a budget and start saving.

Robert Kraft