The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) has a new executive director.

ASPRS has named Dr. Michael Hauck as the fourth executive director in the organization’s 47-year history.

Hauck replaces James Plasker, whose retirement takes effect on Jan. 10.

Hauck has more than 20 years of experience in remote sensing and geospatial technologies, and he has practiced in academic, government, Fortune 500 and startup settings in a number of industries, including transportation, energy, telecommunications and defense.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join you, the other officers and directors, councils, advisory groups, members, and external stakeholders as we collectively advance the goals of ASPRS,” Hauck said in a statement released by ASPRS. “The women and men of ASPRS have immense technical depth across a broad range of disciplines that few professional societies can match. The work of ASPRS members is integrated into so many aspects of modern life that it is easy to take their work for granted. From the internal workings of GPS to the imagery embedded in the daily weather forecast, ASPRS members are behind the scenes making it all work for the betterment of humankind. Whether they serve in academia, government, or industry, I want to help members tell their stories, maintain their skills, grow in their profession, inspire others to join us, and build the future in an ethical way that honors the public support that ASPRS receives. I am honored to be asked to join this winning team.”

Hauck has volunteered on local, state and national boards such as the Venture West Network of entrepreneurs, the state of Wyoming Telecommunications Council and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academics.

As part of his Ph.D. dissertation in geological sciences at Cornell University, Hauck acquired, processed and interpreted the first-ever deep seismic reflection profiles through the Himalayas.
Hauck also is a graduate off the Leadership Wyoming trustee leadership development program, and he is a student of science and technology communications.