Jack Dangermond stopped by our EXPO booth at the 2015 ESRI Federal User Conference to chat about the academic programs at GGS and Mason’s Professional Certificate in Geographic Information Sciences. We are glad to see him enjoying our departmental winter hat and t-shirt. (from left to right: Sven Fuhrmann, Jack Dangermond, Jeff Peters, and Jeanne Spencer).
Terry is a great match for this position as he is well known to the OGC community through his past activities. Most recently, he participated in OGC activities while with a US federal agency. Previously, Terry served as Initiative Director of the OGC Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative while he was on loan to OGC staff from BAE Systems. Terry has rich experience in geo-information and remote sensing technologies. He received his Doctorate in Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences from George Mason University, in 2012.
The OGC® is an international consortium of more than 475 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT.
*Computers, Environment and Urban Systems (http://bit.ly/1oILgTc), with a Mason GGS paper at the #1 spot: Yang, C., Raskin, R., Goodchild, M., & Gahegan, M. (2010). Geospatial cyberinfrastructure: past, present and future. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, 34(4), 264-277.
* Transactions in GIS (http://bit.ly/1olDmj6), with a Mason GGS paper at the #5 spot: Crooks, A., Croitoru, A., Stefanidis, A., & Radzikowski, J. (2013). # Earthquake: Twitter as a distributed sensor system. Transactions in GIS, 17(1), 124-147.
* Geojournal (http://bit.ly/1ohlQ0a), with a Mason GGS paper at the #6 spot: Stefanidis, A., Crooks, A., & Radzikowski, J. (2013). Harvesting ambient geospatial information from social media feeds. GeoJournal, 78(2), 319-338.
* International Journal of Digital Earth (http://bit.ly/1wXWRUc) with a Mason GGS paper at the #2 spot: Yang, C., Goodchild, M., Huang, Q., Nebert, D., Raskin, R., Xu, Y., … & Fay, D. (2011). Spatial cloud computing: how can the geospatial sciences use and help shape cloud computing?. International Journal of Digital Earth, 4(4), 305-329.
We are very proud to be a leading force in shaping tomorrow’s geoinformation science!
Congratulations to Dr. Matt Rice, who was recognized for his exceptional teaching and commitment to teaching-related activities as a Teacher of Distinction by the Mason Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence. Assistant Professor Rice is offering courses on geographic information systems, cartography, and information visualization, which are also the primary areas of concentration of his research activities.
Congratulations to Dr. Ron Resmini, who is the recipient of this prestigious University-wide award. Ron receives this award for his teaching effectiveness, his contributions to enhancing student learning at the university, and for his very positive impact on our students and programs. Ron is a remote sensing expert, and a world-class authority on hyper spectral remote sensing. He has been offering graduate and undergraduate courses in his field of expertise for many years at GGS, and we hope that he will continue doing so for many years to come.
Congratulations to Dr. Chen Xu, a Postdoctoral researcher at the GGS-affiliate Center for Intelligent Spatial Computing, who has been offered a faculty position at the University of Wyoming (UW). Established in 1886, UW is a nationally recognized research institution with accomplished faculty and world-class facilities. UW’s Geography Department leads geographic education and research in the state of Wyoming. We wish Dr. Xu all the best as he embarks in the new phase of his academic career.
GGS is shaping tomorrow’s education in geoinformation science by placing numerous graduates in tenure-track positions– Dr. Chen is the 6th member of our student community who is successfully transitioning from Mason into an academic career. The other five distinguished alums of our program are Wenwen LI (Arizona State, 2012), Jing Li (University of Denver, 2012), Abdelmounaam Rezgui (New Mexico Tech, 2012), Caixia Wang (Univ. of Alaska-Anchorage, 2013), and Qunying Huang (Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013). The selection of six Mason alums for tenure-track faculty positions in established national Universities over the past three years is the best indicator of the recognition of our Department as a leading force in Geoinformation Science.