Alan R. Stevens and Jack Dangermond have been selected as the next Honorary Members of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).
Alan R. Stevens and Jack
Dangermond have been selected as the next Honorary Members of the American
Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Their nominations were recently approved by
the ASPRS Board of Directors. This is the highest award bestowed by ASPRS and there
can be only 25 living Honorary Members of the Society at any given time.
Initiated in 1937, this life-time award is given for
professional excellence 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. Stevens and Dangermond will receive their
awards at the ASPRS 2011 Annual Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Stevens is the International
Program Manager (Retired) for the U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)
and the USGS Geospatial Information Office. He currently works as a Scientist
Emeritus for the FGDC. He also works as
a part of the Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) Secretariat. Current efforts recently focused on managing
the logistics and technical program aspects of the 12th Global
Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) meeting in Singapore, October 2010. He also initiated and manages the GSDI Small
Grants Program and monthly GSDI electronic newsletters for the four regions of
the globe: Africa, Asia/Pacific, Latin America, and Europe.
Prior to his current position
he held several responsible positions within the U.S. Geological Survey’s
National Mapping Division. These include
but are not limited to the International Manager for the National Mapping
Division and the Deputy Director, the CEO, and the Operations Manager (three
different offices) for the National Mapping Division’s Eastern Region. Part of this responsibility included developing
cooperative production, applications, and research agreements with the 26
states and territories east of the Mississippi River.
His first assignment with the
USGS was the Chief of the Mapping Division’s Information distribution
offices. Before coming to the USGS, he
managed the photogrammetry and remote sensing research activities for the
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). He
received his Bachelor (’65), master’s (’69), and PhD (’72) degrees in Civil and
Environmental Engineering from the University
of Wisconsin. While a graduate student at the University he
coordinated all remote sensing research projects on campus and throughout the
state of Wisconsin.
an ASPRS Emeritus and Fellow, has been a member since 1968. He has served as ASPRS President (1986-87),
is chair of the ASPRS Awards and Scholarships Committee and the Fellow Award
Selection Committee, and was a contributing author to the ASPRS Manual of
Remote Sensing, First Edition. He is
currently a Trustee of the ASPRS Foundation.
Stevens served two terms as National Director of the ASPRS Potomac
Region, Past President of the Mid-South Region, and Remote Sensing Division
Director. He has received numerous ASPRS
awards, including the Claude F. Birdseye Award – 1987, three Presidential
Citations, two Meritorious Service Citations, and the Outstanding Service Award
awards Stevens has received include the naming of Stevens Cliff, Antarctica,
78Degrees 50’ S; 162 Degrees 40’ W, named for his contributions to the U.S.
Antarctic Programs and presented at retirement (2008), the Department of the
Interior Meritorious Service Award (1996) and Point of Light Award (1991), the
Kodak, Information Technology Award (1985), and the Army Accommodation Medal
Jack Dangermond is the founder and president of ESRI,
the world’s fourth largest privately held software company. Founded in 1969 and
headquartered in Redlands, California, ESRI is widely recognized as the
technical and market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software,
pioneering innovative solutions for working with spatial data on the desktop,
across the enterprise, in the field, and on the Web. ESRI has the largest GIS software
install base in the world with more than one million users in more than 100,000
organizations representing government, NGOs, academia, and industries such as
utilities, health care, transportation, telecommunications, homeland security,
retail, and agriculture. He fostered the
growth of ESRI from a small research group to an organization of 2,700 employees,
known internationally for GIS software development, training, and services. ESRI
now has 16 subsidiaries as well as more than 72 distributors worldwide. ESRI
also has 11 regional offices throughout the United States and continues to grow
at a rapid rate.
Dangermond is recognized not only as a pioneer in
spatial analysis methods, but also as one of the most influential people in
GIS. Over the last 30 years, Dangermond has delivered keynote addresses at
numerous international conferences, published hundreds of papers on GIS, and
given thousands of presentations on GIS around the world.
He is the recipient of a number of awards, honorary
degrees, lectureships, and medals including the 2000 LaGasse Medal of the
American Society of Landscape Architects, the Brock Gold Medal of the
International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, the Cullum
Geographical Medal of the American Geographical Society, the EDUCAUSE Medal of
EDUCAUSE, the Horwood Award of the Urban and Regional Information Systems
Association, the Anderson Medal of the Association of American Geographers, and
the John Wesley Powell Award of the U.S. Geological Survey. He is a member of many
professional organizations and has served on advisory committees for U.S. agencies including the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration’s (NASA) Science and Technology Advisory Committee,
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Sciences, the
National Science Foundation, and the National
Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA).
Dangermond graduated with a bachelor of science in
environmental science from California State Polytechnic
University in Pomona, California.
He holds a master of science degree in urban planning from the Institute of Technology
at the University of Minnesota and a master of science degree in landscape
architecture from the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University,
where he worked in the Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Design. He
holds honorary doctorates from The City University of London, University of Redlands,
and Ferris State University.
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Alan Stevens and Jack Dangermond Selected as ASPRS Honorary Members
January 6, 2011