RAY HELMERING and THOMAS R. LOVELAND have been named the 2009 ASPRS Fellow Award winners.
RAY HELMERING and THOMAS R. LOVELAND have been named the 2009
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 March
at the ASPRS 2009 Annual Conference in Baltimore,
Ray Helmering is the Vice
President of Product Engineering for GeoEye.
Helmering holds his PhD and MS degrees in
Geodetic Sciences from Purdue University, and his BS degree in Geophysical
Engineering from St. Louis
In his capacity in the
Product Engineering department he is responsible for providing specialized
engineering support to production operations, developing and fielding new
products, product enhancements, and new or enhanced production systems, and
providing engineering support to marketing and regional affiliates. Helmering manages resources at GeoEye’s three
locations in St. Louis, Missouri,
and Thornton, Colorado.
Prior to the creation of
GeoEye, which resulted from the purchase of Space Imaging by ORBIMAGE, Inc.,
Helmering was Vice President of Image Products and Services for ORBIMAGE. In this capacity, he oversaw the development
of ground-based production systems used for the generation of basic and value
added products from OrbView-3 imagery.
In 1987, Helmering co-founded
TRIFID Corporation and acted as President and COO. TRIFID was an information company that
provided engineering and software development services, image processing
services and commercial image processing software to national security and
commercial customers. Under Helmering’s
guidance, TRIFID developed one of the first rigorous photogrammetric
triangulation applications for SPOT satellite imagery, became a major producer
of Arc Digitized Raster Imagery for the Air Force, and marketed TrueVue, a
geometrically and radiometrically balanced Landsat mosaic covering the 48
contiguous states. Large volume,
multi-sensor triangulation, orthorectification, and mosaicking software which
was initially developed at TRIFID continues to form the basis of production
software used at GeoEye.
Helmering also served within the Defense Mapping Agency, a
predecessor to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, for over 20 years
in management and technical staff positions.
At the command staff level, responsibilities included management of a
$100 million research and development program.
He also managed a significant portion of the DoD multi-billion dollar
program to develop a modernized digital mapping service. During his government tenure, Helmering
received 15 DoD performance and service awards and published numerous technical
papers on automation of mapping services.
He has also served as an affiliate professor of Geodetic
Science at Washington
THOMAS R. LOVELAND
Loveland has worked at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) EROS Data Center (now
USGS National Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science) since 1979,
engaged in research on methods to map and monitor land cover and land use via
satellite remote sensing. Loveland holds BS and MS degrees in Geography from South Dakota State University,
and received his PhD in Geography, under the tutelage of Dr. Jack Estes, from
the University of California-Santa Barbara.
designed and led research that resulted in the first high resolution (1-km)
validated global land cover characteristics database (based on analysis of
multi-temporal 1-km AVHRR imagery). This
unique dataset is now widely used in studies of global change, in climate and
weather modeling, biodiversity assessment, fire hazard and other issues. He currently leads a national assessment of
the rates, causes, and consequences of contemporary U.S. land cover change (“Land Cover
Trends” project). In this effort, he
directs a team of USGS and academic research scientists providing
comprehensive, objective analysis of U.S. regional land cover trends, the
driving forces of regional change, and an assessment of the local, regional,
and global consequences of such change.
During the past two years, Loveland
has also devoted much effort to establishment of the USGS-South Dakota State
University Geographic Information Science Center of Excellence. The Center, of which he is co-director, is a
model program that demonstrates the synergy that can result when world-class
remote sensing and GIS scientists from government and academia are brought
together to address earth science issues.
Loveland has authored or co-authored over 85 major
publications, at least 50 of which are in the refereed literature. Since 1995 he has delivered well over 60
papers at national and international meetings, as well as professional
organizations such as the Association of American Geographers, and the American
Geophysical Union. Every article
represents a genuine contribution to better understanding of remote sensing of
the biosphere. The majority are articles
on which Loveland
is lead author, and virtually all are published in journals having high
professional stature (e.g., Annals of the AAG, International
Journal of Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of Environment, PE&RS, Journal of
Geophysical Research, Ecological Applications, Global Change Biology). Every article identifies outcomes of the
widespread multi-disciplinary collaborations he has fostered with
colleagues. He has received many
national and international awards and honors.
He is a highly respected grants-man.
Just since 2001, he has been Principal Investigator or Co-Principal
Investigator on grants and contracts valued at over $4 million from USGS, EPA,
NASA, NOAA and others.
As an adjunct faculty member at South Dakota State
University, Loveland has taught eight courses, has
advised five MA students and has served on the graduate committees for 15 other
students. He has been a Director of the
AAG Remote Sensing Specialty Group, and Chair of the AAG Great Plains-Rocky
Mountain Division, and recently served as Director of the Remote Sensing
Applications Division of ASPRS. He has
served as a manuscript and proposal reviewer for dozens of professional
journals and agencies, and has recently reviewed 18-24 papers per year for some
17 journals including being on call for PE&RS articles.
2009 ASPRS Fellow Award Winners
February 9, 2009