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2010 ASPRS Fellow Award Winners

February 17, 2010
George F. Hepner, Marguerite Madden, J. Chris McGlone, and Clifford J. Mugnier have been named the 2010 ASPRS Fellow Award winners. 

George F. Hepner, Marguerite Madden, J. Chris McGlone, and Clifford J. Mugnier have been named the 2010 ASPRS Fellow Award winners. The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed excep­tional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines). The designation of Fellow is awarded for pro­fessional excellence and for service to the Society. Candidates are nominated by other active members, recommended to the Fellows Committee, and elected by the ASPRS Board of Directors. Up to 0.3 percent of the Society’s active members may be elected as Fellows in any one year. The nominees must have made outstanding contributions in a recognized Society specialization whether in practice, research, development, administration, or education in the mapping sciences. Members of the Fellows Committee and the Executive Committee are ineligible for nomination. This year’s awards will be given in April at the ASPRS 2010 Annual Conference in San Diego, California.

GEORGE F. HEPNER

George Hepner is currently a professor at the Department of Geography, University of Utah. Hepner earned his B.Ed and MS from the University or Toledo in 1972 and 1975 respectively and his PhD from The University of Arizona in 1979. His research focused on rural to urban land use conversion.

His major areas of research involve geographical analysis using remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS), hazard response and mitigation, and international environmental assessment. Hepner’s research has received specific attention in the areas of the use of spatial field representation in GIS applied to cross country movement of vehicles and the vulnerability of humans to hazardous gas plumes, the early use of artificial neural networks for image processing and the fusion of hyperspectral imagery with other GIS data. He has been a research fellow and consultant to the Image Processing Laboratory at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, and the Risk and Response Management Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He is the Director of the University of Utah Center of the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy, supported by the USEPA to perform research in the U.S.-Mexico border region. He currently serves on the Mapping Sciences Committee of the National Research Council (NAS) and the academic accreditation panel of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. He was an initial editor of the AGU environmental change journal, Earth Interactions, 1995-2002.

Hepner served as a regional vice president, regional president, national board member and was elected as the national president of the ASPRS in 2001-2002. He co-directed the annual meeting in Reno, Nevada in 2006 and is co-director of the annual meeting in Sacramento, California in 2012. He has been one of the lead investigators and writers for the ASPRS Ten-Year Remote Sensing Industry Forecast and participated in a subset of joint publications - Spatial and Temporal Analyses of Terrorist Incidents in Iraq, 2004-2006; Geospatial Analysis of Dynamic Terrorist Networks; ASPRS Ten-Year Remote Sensing Industry Forecast Phase I-V; Fusion of Hyperspectral and Radar Data Using IHS to Enhance Urban Surface Features and Investigation of the Integration of AVIRIS and IFSAR for Urban Analysis.

He is a recipient of multiple ASPRS Presidential Citations; the ESRI Award for Best Scientific Paper in GIS, 1999; ASPRS Meritorious Service Award, April 1998; and, many additional citations.

MARGUERITE MADDEN

Marguerite Madden is Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Mapping at The University of Georgia. She received her BA and MA degrees in biology from the State University of New York in 1979 and 1984 respectively, and her PhD in Ecology from The University of Georgia in 1990. She also participated in the SUNY Study Abroad Program at the University of Copenhagen in 1979. Her research interests are landscape ecology and use of remote sensing and GIS for vegetation studies and natural resource management.

For over 30 years Madden has applied photogrammetry, remote sensing, and GIS to ecological studies, primarily in the southeast U.S. and secured funding for over 30 projects ranging from mapping vegetation to modeling ecosystems. Of particular note is her development of vegetation databases for 21 U.S. National Parks, 1994. She has authored or co-authored over 30 articles in refereed journals, and has served as guest editor of special issues of ASPRS and ISPRS journals as well as Editor-in-Chief of the ASPRS Manual of Geographic Information Systems (2009). She has been appointed as a delegate to UCGIS; as chair of several working groups; as an ASPRS correspondent to ISPRS; and secretary of several ISPRS units.

Internationally, Madden is an active participant in the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), primarily within Commission IV. Her portfolio includes: Secretary of Commission IV (1992-1996); Secretary of Working Group 5 (1988-1992); Secretary of Working Group 2 (1996-2000); and Chair and Co-chair of Working Groups 4 and 6 (2000-2004 and 2004-2008). She served on the Editorial Board of the ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing; was co-editor of three special issues of that journal; was the journal’s Associate Editor specializing in papers on GIS and optical remote sensing; and is a member of the ISPRS Strategic Planning Committee. Madden is the current President of Commission IV (2008-2012).

Madden has been a member of ASPRS since 1984 and has participated in ASPRS conferences as an organizer, presenter, and exhibitor beginning in 1987 and was the Technical Co-chair for the fall 2004 conference. Elected as the GIS Division Assistant Director in 2000, she then served on the ASPRS Board of Directors as the GIS Division Director from 2002-2004. She continued to serve the Society as its delegate to the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) and as the ASPRS Correspondent for ISPRS Commission IV (Geodatabases and Digital Mapping). Madden was elected Vice-President of ASPRS in 2005 and advanced to President in 2007. Her most recent accomplishment is as Editor-in-Chief of ASPRS’ Manual of Geographic Information Systems (2009).

Her honors include an ASPRS Presidential Citation (2009); the Col. Claude H. Birdseye President’s Citation (2008); the ISPRS Willem Schermerhorn Award (2004); Visiting Scholar at James Madison University (2002); Distinguished Visiting Alumna at Plattsburgh State University of New York (1999); Best Session Paper (co-authored with Roy Welch) at the Fourth ERIM Thematic Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments (1997); and Best Plenary Paper (co-authored with Roy Welch) at the Second ERIM Thematic Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments (1994).

J. CHRIS McGLONE

J. Chris McGlone is currently a photogrammetrist at SAIC, Inc., working on urban modeling from lidar and other sensors. He received his BS in Civil Engineering in 1974 from the University of Kentucky and his MS and PhD in Photogrammetry from Purdue in 1977 and 1980, respectively. His dissertation topic, supervised by Dr. Edward M. Mikhail, was “Photogrammetric Analysis of Aircraft Multispectral Scanner Data.”

Before joining SAIC in 2005, McGlone was a research faculty member in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University, working in cartographic applications of computer vision. While at CMU he co-founded TerraSim, Inc. to commercialize visual simulation database construction software. Prior to CMU, he was a senior engineer at Fairchild where he worked on reconnaissance sensor performance and geometric modeling and automated image exploitation techniques for ground stations, and at H. Dell Foster Associates, where his projects included a real-time vision metrology system for industrial inspection and an analytical stereo plotter for uncalibrated small format imagery.

McGlone was the Editor-in-chief of the Fifth Edition of the Manual of Photogrammetry, published by the ASPRS in 2004, and a co-author of the textbook Introduction to Modern Photogrammetry. He served as the chairman of an ASPRS Panel which made recommendations to the U.S. Geological Survey on their Digital Orthoimagery program. He is currently a co-chair of ISPRS WGIII/5, “Image Sequence Analysis,” an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science at George Mason University, and a member of the SAIC Technical Fellows Council.

An ASPRS member since 1976, he is currently the Technical Program Chairman for the Potomac Region, a Certified Photogrammetrist and Editor-in-Chief of the Sixth Edition of the ASPRS Manual of Photogrammetry. He is also a member of the IEEE Computer Society. McGlone was the recipient of the 2004 ASPRS Photogrammetric (Fairchild) Award given in recognition of contributions to the field of photogrammetry, as well as an ASPRS Outstanding Service Award in 2005 and a Certificate of Appreciation in 1994. While in graduate school he received the Wild-Heerbrugg ASPRS Fellowship in Photogrammetry.

CLIFFORD J. MUGNIER

Clifford J. Mugnier graduated from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana in 1967. He attended the U.S.A.F. Aeronautical Chart & Information Center Professional Cartographer course in St. Louis where he first joined the American Society of Photogrammetry in 1967. He is currently General Manager of the Photogrammetry Division of Owen & White, Inc. Consulting Engineers.

While serving in the U.S. Army, he attended Engineer Officer Candidate School and completed Sapper Demolition and Combat Engineering. Upon graduating, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. Mugnier was assigned to the Army Map Service for the duration of his military service that spanned the existence of the U.S. Army Topographic Command (TOPOCO). At TOPOCOM, he served as Company Commander of enlisted personnel, and was educated as a photogrammetrist in the Extraterrestrial Branch and in the Geometric Division for CORONA Program technology. He also served as Captain and Executive Secretary of the U.S. Army Topographic Scientific Advisory Committee (TSAC). He published a paper in The Military Engineer on the photogrammetric instrumentation in use at TOPOCOM at the time. Mugnier attended George Washington University and studied Analytical Photogrammetry and also took the TOPOCOM course in Analytical Photogrammetry in which he later lectured. On completion of military service, he worked as Chief of Aerotriangulation for the Raytheon/Autometric Operation in Wayland Massachusetts for two years.

Because of the equipment used at the time, he developed new rectification techniques, published "Analytical Rectification Utilizing Artificial Points" in PE&RS, and was awarded Honorable Mention for the Talbert Abrams award in 1973.  Mugnier was first certified as a Photogrammetrist in 1976. He contracted with the New Orleans District, Corps of Engineers for several years as a consultant in the surveying and mapping sciences. He continued in private practice in New Orleans for another 23 years doing cartographic, geodetic, and photogrammetric consulting as well as expert witness research and testimony. He started lecturing in Photogrammetry at the University of New Orleans in 1980, and continued there as an adjunct member of the faculty until he moved to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 2000 as a full time member of the faculty in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Mugnier currently lectures in Photogrammetry, Geodesy, and Land Surveying at LSU and is chief of Geodesy with the LSU Center for GeoInformatics.

Magnier was first certified as a Mapping Scientist in 1983. He has published over 60 papers, and over 130 columns in Professional Surveyor and in Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, including the monthly column, “Grids and Datums.” Mugnier is an Honorary Member of the Louisiana Society of Professional Surveyors, an inactive Fellow of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping, a full member of the Americas Petroleum Survey Group, and is a Member Emeritus of the ASPRS. Mugnier was the Chairman for the Certification Review Committee of the ASPRS for Certified Mapping Scientist (GIS/LIS) 1993-2003 and was Director of the Photogrammetric Applications Division of ASPRS from 2006-2008.


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