The results of the 2012 election have been tallied by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Tellers Committee and Stewart Walker, director of Product Initiatives for the Geospatial eXploitation Products business area of BAE Systems in San Diego won the election to become ASPRS vice president for 2012. With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in March, Roberta (Bobbi) Lenczowski moves into the position of president; Stephen D. DeGloria becomes president-elect, and Gary Florence becomes past president.
Stewart Walker has MA, MScE and PhD degrees in geography and
geomatics from the universities of Glasgow, New Brunswick and Bristol,
and an MBA from Heriot-Watt. He has authored approximately 200 technical
joined ASPRS in 1973, and is an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist and a
chartered land surveyor (U.K.).
In 1977, he switched from academic life at the University
of East London to the private sector,
with Surveying and General Instrument Company, Kern, Leica, LH Systems and
Leica Geosystems, in sales, product management and business development in England, Switzerland
and the U.S.
He became product manager for SOCET SET in 1991, when Leica undertook worldwide
distribution, joined BAE Systems in 2004 and is responsible for new directions
in the development of SOCET GXP and enterprise software products.
has served ASPRS as president, national director of the Southwest U.S. Region,
co-chair of the Defense and Intelligence Committee, and chair of the Conference
Planning Committee for the ASPRS 2010 Annual Conference.
Walker says, “To ensure a vibrant, visible society, we must
market ASPRS energetically and recruit new members relentlessly; entice student
members to stay after graduation; foster the Student Advisory Council and its
initiatives; and develop fresh ideas for young professionals.”
Dunbar was elected assistant division director of the ASPRS Geographic
Information Systems Division (GISD). Dunbar is the GIS program director
at the University
of Washington's Center
for Studies in Demography and Ecology, where he has led the development of a
research infrastructure for spatial analysis since 2008. He has a PhD in geography
from the University
of Kansas, where he
worked at the Kansas Applied Remote Sensing Program. He has over 10 years of GIS
and GIA experience encompassing spatial data acquisition and database
development, analysis and modeling, cartography (print and web-based), manuscript
development and overall project management.
involved in ASPRS earlier in his graduate education. He became a member in
2002, served as a student volunteer at many of his first conferences, and is
the proud recipient of several ASPRS scholarships: The Central Region's Francis
E. "Gene" Lortz Memorial Scholarship (2004) as well as the National
Ta Liang Memorial Award and William Fischer Memorial Scholarship (2005). He
also served as a founding officer of the University
of Kansas Student ASPRS chapter, and
currently advises the Puget Sound ASPRS Student Chapter at the University of Washington.
Robert Thomas was
elected assistant division director of the ASPRS Photogrammetric Applications
Division (PAD). Thomas is vice president of Analytical
Services with Integrity Applications Incorporated (IAI). He graduated with a bachelor’s degree
in Physics from the University
of Colorado in 1996
before being commissioned in the United States Air Force as a Mapping, Charting
and Geodesy (MC&G) officer. While assigned to Strategic Air Command (SAC),
he served in a number of key positions in the areas of photogrammetry,
geopositioning and multi-spectral image processing.
Following his return from
Desert Shield/Storm, Thomas transitioned to the private sector and joined
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a member of their
professional staff. While working in Omaha, Neb., Thomas completed his master’s degree in Applied
Math at the Creighton
University during the
summer of 1995. Following a five-year assignment with United States European
Command, Stuttgart, Germany, he returned to the States
in 2001 and accepted a position with IAI. In his current role, he is
responsible for a highly-specialized team of scientists and engineers working next-generation
image and geospatial product chain analysis.
Thomas has over 24 years of
defense support experience in program management and advanced research and
technology development in the core area of photogrammetric-based geospatial
analysis and services. Outside of his leadership role to include business
development, he participates directly as a systems engineer on a number of key
customer sponsored initiatives, geospatial standards development, LiDAR-based
enhancements, image-processing and rigorous error propagation. Thomas
frequently delivers key geopositioning-related briefs in support of senior
future warfare systems management forums including select Defense Science and
Defense Acquisition Boards. A member of ASPRS since 1993, he is actively
involved with the recently formed Defense and Intelligence Committee.
James Stuart Blundell was elected assistant division director of the ASPRS
Remote Sensing Applications Division (RSAD). Blundell
is director, Strategic Programs at Exelis - Visual Information Solutions. Previously
he was vice president of Geospatial Products & Solutions at Overwatch
Systems, Ltd. While there, he oversaw the research and development of a broad
array of tactical and strategic intelligence software products and solutions
used by imagery and geospatial analysts. Prior to joining Overwatch in 2006,
Blundell was the co-founder of Visual Learning Systems which became a leader in
the development of automated feature extraction (AFE) software technology for
the remote sensing community. The introduction of Feature Analyst in 2001 was
the first instance of using machine learning approaches in
commercial-off-the-shelf software to address the issue of generating
cartographic feature data from a new generation of commercial Earth imaging
satellite such as IKONOS. From 1997-2008, Blundell served as the principal
investigator on a wide range of research projects for NASA Stennis Space
Center, JPL, NGA, NSF, Army Geospatial Center and other organizations exploring
the use of AFE technology to support mapping, object detection and other
mission planning requirements. VLS was
acquired by Overwatch in 2006.
has supported ASPRS through the development and teaching of professional
workshops. In addition, he has authored
or co-authored multiple professional publications on the use of AFE technology.
Blundell received his BS in Geophysical Engineering from Montana College of
Mineral Science and Technology in 1986, and his MS in Geology from the University of Wyoming in 1988. During his tenure at
the University of Wyoming, Blundell was fortunate to have the privilege
of working with Dr. Harold Lang at JPL on quantitative approaches for remote
sensing of sedimentary basins in the Wind River
Mountains of Wyoming.
Christopher Parrish was elected assistant division director of the ASPRS
LiDAR Division (LD). Parrish
is the lead physical scientist in the Remote Sensing Division of NOAA’s
National Geodetic Survey (NGS). In his current position, Parrish is responsible
for conducting research into remote sensing systems, platforms and software in
support of NOAA programs and serves as NGS’ project manager for Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping (IOCM).
Parrish also holds an appointment as an affiliate professor in the University
of New Hampshire (UNH) Earth Sciences Department, and is based at the NOAA-UNH
Joint Hydrographic Center-Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (JHC-CCOM).
Parrish’s academic background includes a PhD in Civil and Environmental
Engineering with an emphasis in Geospatial Information Engineering from the University of Wisconsin,
an MS in Civil Engineering from the University
of Florida, and a BS in Physics from Bates College.
His primary research interests include full-waveform LiDAR, sensor modeling and
calibration, uncertainty analysis and coastal mapping applications. Parrish was
the 2011 president of the ASPRS Potomac Region.
Zoltek was elected assistant division
director of the ASPRS Professional Practice Division (PPD). Zoltek is a licensed professional photogrammetrist/surveyor, experienced
since 1990 in a wide variety of public and private sector projects and
currently holds active professional registrations in 14 states as well as being
a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) and a Geographic Information Systems
Professional (GISP). He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Surveying and
Mapping from the University of Florida (1993) and has worked as a survey field
crew member, CAD draftsman, project surveyor, project photogrammetrist, private
sector survey manager, QA/QC coordinator, and has held the positions of vice
president/regional manager at Nobles Consulting Group, (Niceville, Fla.) and
vice president of Surveying and Mapping at Pictometry International, Corp.
Zoltek has been in “responsible
charge” of production on projects since 1997, and has been responsible for the
training of staff in field techniques, office procedures and software
packages. He has been active in state
surveying societies and has attended annual conferences of Florida,
Alabama and Georgia. He has served as an expert witness on
boundary related litigation cases in Florida,
and has been a guest lecturer at both the University of Florida
and Troy University Geomatics Programs. Zoltek has also been a presenter of professional
technical seminars at the Rocket City Geospatial Symposium at Troy University,
The Surveying and Mapping Society of Georgia (SAMSOG) Summer Conference, at
Avatech Solutions’ in-house training seminars in Virginia
Beach, Virginia and Las Vegas, Nevada
and also at Pictometry’s Futureview Conferences and various State Pictometry
Users Groups (PUGs). A member of ASPRS
since 1992, he is also a member of URISA and the New York State GIS
in 1934, ASPRS is an international professional organization of 6,000
geospatial data professionals. ASPRS is devoted to advancing knowledge and
improving understanding of the mapping sciences to promote responsible
application of photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS and supporting technologies.
ASPRS Appoints New Vice President, Officers
March 1, 2012