Paul D. Brooks and Kass Green have been named the 2011 ASPRS Fellow Award winners.
Paul D. Brooks and Kass Green have been named the 2011 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 May
at the ASPRS 2011 Annual Conference in Milwaukee,
Paul Brooks retired from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in
1996 and currently works part-time as the Government Liaison Director for
AERO-METRIC Anchorage, Alaska. He is
responsible for public relations, proposal preparation, marketing, and project
management activities in the fields of geographic data acquisition, mapping,
and data management. Brooks received his
Associate Degree in Forestry from the University of Massachusetts ('61), a BS in
Forest Management from the University of Maine ('64), a MS in Geodesy and
Photogrammetry from Iowa State University ('70), and an Associate of Applied
Science degree in Paramedic Technology, University of Alaska Anchorage (’99).
Out of school Brooks worked for the Defense Mapping
Agency (formerly U.S. Army Map Service and U.S. Army Topographic Command) on
many cartographic, photogrammetric, and geodetic projects including the Apollo
Lunar Landing missions. He served as
Project Engineer and Staff Production Manager making management and production
decisions and solving highly technical problems in analytical photogrammetry,
satellite geodesy, and extra-terrestrial mapping. In 1972 Brooks joined USGS as Chief, Control
and Mensuration Branch, Special
managing, and developing the photogrammetric operations of the Branch which
included planning and developing new procedures for achieving objectives and
production standards. He also worked in
the Office of Research and Technical Standards responsible for planning and
directing individual and cooperative research investigations designed to test
and evaluate advanced and operational photogrammetric mapping systems. He also spent time as a lecturer at George Washington
University in the
Cartographic and Geodetic Science Studies Program.
From 1977-1980 Brooks
was secunded to the Office of Biological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, where he assisted in establishing the National Wetlands Inventory
project and planned, developed and managed the remote sensing and mapping
activities for the program. He also coordinated
the remote sensing and mapping activities of the Office of Biological Services
for the National Coastal Ecosystems Team, and the Eastern and Western Energy
Land Use Teams projects.
From 1980-96 he was the USGS Director's Representative
and Chief, Alaska Office, National Mapping Division. In this position, he served as the Alaska
point of contact for theme and outreach coordination and liaison with other
Federal agencies, State and local governments, academic institutions, private
industry and the general public, and was responsible for the oversight of the
planning and execution of all interdivisional and bureau-level programs within Alaska. Brooks also
served as the Chief, Alaska Office, National Mapping Division supervising and
managing all National Mapping Program activities in Alaska and was responsible
for developing coordinating mechanisms and negotiating cooperative agreements
and partnerships with Federal, State, and private organizations for aerial
photography, photointerpretation projects, digital mapping activities,
cooperative research projects, and cooperative agreements for cartographic base
A member of the ASPRS since 1973, Brooks served as the
National Director for the Alaska Region from 1987 to 2010 as well as a member
of the Society's Executive Committee. He
has also been a member of three ASPRS National Committees. Other positions held include: President,
Alaska Region; Convention Director, ASPRS/ACSM 1986 Fall National Convention;
Assistant Convention Director for 2003 ASPRS Annual Conference, Anchorage, AK,
and Executive Committee Annual Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference. Co-Chair for ASPRS/MAPPS Specialty
Conference, San Antonio, TX, November 5-10, 2006. Brooks has received four Meritorious Service
Awards and two Presidential Citations.
He is a Hall of Fame recipient for his many years of service to the
Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference.
Other professional responsibilities include: Chair,
Advisory Board, Department of Geomatics, School
of Engineering, University of Alaska
Anchorage (UAA); Member School of Engineering Advisory Board, UAA; Member of
the Academic Policy Council, Highland Technical High School,
Business Partner for Chugiak High School, Anchorage School District;
and Member Resource Development Council of Alaska.
Past Professional responsibilities have included:
Chair, Alaska Geographic Data Committee; Deputy Federal Liaison Officer (FEMA)
for emergency response to natural disasters in Alaska (Alaska Regional Interagency Steering
Committee); Chair, Alaska High-Altitude Aerial Photography program; Executive
Board, Council on Northern Resource Information Management; and Program
Manager, Arctic Environmental Data Directory project and member of the
International Arctic Data Directory Working Group.
Additionally, Brooks has 12 years experience as a
Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic with TransCare Medical Services, and ten years
with American Care Air Ambulance, and 25 years experience as a Ski Patroller
with the Alyeska Ski Resort, along with 17 years as a Professional Ski
Patroller. He also has over two years of experience as an Adjunct Faculty with
the Alaska Outdoor and Experiential Education program at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has served for 14 years as a Member (Lead
Medical Tech and over four years as Team Training Officer) of the Alaska-1
Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), National Disaster Medical System, U.S.
Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services.
Kass Green, President of Kass Green and Associates, consults on
geospatial strategy, technology and policy issues to private, educational, and
public organizations. Green also
provides pro bono advice and
consulting to public agencies and non-profit organizations.
Green received a BS degree in Forestry from the University of California
at Berkeley, a MS degree in Resource Policy and
Management from the University of Michigan, and advanced to PhD candidacy at the University of California
Three years ago, Green retired as President of Space
Imaging Solutions, a division of Space Imaging LLC, where she supervised over
200 employees involved in tasks including operation of a digital airborne
system, acquisition of airborne and satellite imagery from numerous platforms
and sensors, creation of land cover and land use coverages from remotely sensed
data using both manual and automated techniques, and the development of desktop
and web based geospatial analysis software.
Prior to joining Space Imaging, Green was President of
Pacific Meridian, Resources, a geospatial services company she co-founded in
1988 and grew to seven offices throughout the United States.
An ASPRS member since 1988, Green has served the
Society on the ASPRS Board of Directors, as cofounder of the GIS Division,
Program Chair for the 2000 Pecora Conference, Registration Chair for the GIS
1987 conference, and has presented workshops at almost every ASPRS conference
for the last decade. She has received
numerous awards from the Society and served as ASPRS President (2008-2009).
has developed several courses and workshops on remote sensing and GIS
applications, and is currently developing two web-based courses for the University of Mississippi. She serves on the Boards of
several for-profit and non-profit organizations, and is currently a member of
NOAA's Advisory Committee for Commercial Remote Sensing and the U.S. Geological
Survey's National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive Advisory
Committee. Past community service
includes President and Board member of the Management Association for Private Photogrammetric
Surveyors, and member of two NASA Advisory Committees.
Green has given several hundred research presentations
throughout the world at various conferences and her published articles have
appeared in numerous journals. Her scientific service includes membership on
three National Research Council panels for the National Academy of Sciences,
authorship of several chapters of books, as well as co-authoring the text book,
Assessing the Accuracy of Remotely Sensed
Data. She is currently Chair of the College of Natural Resources
Advisory Committee at the University
of California, Berkeley.
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2011 ASPRS Fellow Award Winners
January 6, 2011