Shashi Shekhar, a McKnight Distinguished University Professor at the University of Minnesota, is a leading scholar in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). He co-edited an Encyclopedia of GIS and co-authored a Spatial Databases textbook. He received the IEEE-CS Technical Achievement Award, the UCGIS Education Award and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE and the AAAS. Shashi is a co-Editor-in-Chief of Geo-Informatica journal (Springer) and has served on the Computing Community Consortium Council, National Academies' committees (Mapping Sciences, GEOINT Workforce). He co-organized the "From GPS and Virtual Globes to Spatial Computing 2020" workshop to catalyze community research visions.