Thomas M. Lillesand will be the next Honorary Member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). His nomination was approved by the ASPRS Board of Directors at their recent meeting in Denver, Colorado. The highest award an ASPRS member can receive, there are only 25 living Honorary Members of the Society at any given time. Candidates are chosen by a Nominating Committee made up of the past five recipients of the award and chaired by the most recent recipient. Roger Hoffer served as chair of the current committee.
Initiated in 1937, this life-time award is given in
recognition of individuals who have rendered distinguished service to ASPRS
and/or who have attained distinction in advancing the science and use of the
geospatial information sciences. It is awarded for professional excellence and
for at least 20 years of service to ASPRS.
Lillesand, who has been a member of ASPRS since 1969, will receive the
award in 2009.
Thomas M. Lillesand is a
Professor Emeritus of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the
Department of Forest Ecology and Management, and the Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He obtained his
formal education in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
(BS, 1969; MS, 1970; PhD, 1973). He
began his career as a remote sensing educator in 1973 as a faculty member at
the State University of New York (SUNY/Syracuse) College of Environmental
Science and Forestry. From 1978-1982, he taught at the University of Minnesota and directed that university’s
Remote Sensing Laboratory. He joined the faculty at the University of
Wisconsin-Madison in 1982 and was the director of Wisconsin’s Environmental Remote Sensing
Center (ERSC). For many years he chaired
UW-Madison’s Environmental Monitoring Graduate Program.
Lillesand has taught numerous
courses and advised a total of 76 M.S. and Ph.D. graduate students over the
course of his career. The scope of his
highly interdisciplinary research activity has spanned from statewide and
regional land cover classification and change detection to applications of
remote sensing in forestry and agriculture, civil engineering, long-term
ecosystem science, climate change, and water resources management. Sponsors of his research have included NASA,
NOAA, USDA, NSF, USACE, USGS, DOE, and EPA, among others. He has also been active in U.S. remote sensing policy issues.
He has authored or
co-authored over 200 professional publications.
He is senior author, along with coauthors Ralph W. Kiefer and Jonathan
W. Chipman, of the book
and Image Interpretation, published by John Wiley & Sons. First
published in 1979, this book is currently in its sixth edition, and has been
translated into several languages, making it one of the most used remote
sensing texts and references in the world.
Over the years, Lillesand has
provided frequent service as a consultant and scientific advisor to numerous
governmental agencies, as an expert witness, and as a leader in professional
organizations. He served on the Science
Advisory Panel for the Earth Observing System (EOS) Land Processes
Archive Center. He was appointed by Secretary of Commerce
Malcolm Baldridge to represent ASPRS on the Land Remote Sensing Satellite
Advisory Committee, and has provided both U.S. House and Senate subcommittee
testimony on four occasions dealing with the policy and management of the U.S.
Landsat satellite program and defining the basic research requirements
commercial opportunities in geospatial science and technology.
Lillesand has chaired and
served on numerous key committees for ASPRS.
He has served as an officer within three ASPRS Regions and as the
Director of the Remote Sensing Applications Division. He served as the National President of ASPRS
from 1998 to 1999. Presently he serves as President of the Board of Trustees of
the ASPRS Foundation and is a Fellow in ASPRS, a Certified Photogrammetrist,
and a Certified Mapping Scientist in the area of Remote Sensing.
He has received several
national awards for his professional accomplishments, including: the Alan
Gordon Memorial Award for Scientific Achievements in Remote Sensing and Image
Interpretation, the Talbert Abrams Award for excellence in Authorship and
Recording of Scientific Development in Photogrammetry, the Earle J. Fennell
Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education in the Mapping Sciences, and
the SAIC/Estes Memorial Teaching Award.
After 33 years as a teacher,
researcher, and advisor, Lillesand retired in 2006 and continues to consult on
a part-time basis, primarily as an expert witness.
Thomas M. Lillesand Approved as ASPRS Honorary Member
December 17, 2008