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March 30, 2011

ASPRS officers elected

Stephen D. DeGloria new VP; David Alvarez and Allen Cook new assistant division directors

BETHESDA, Md. – The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Tellers Committee have tallied the results of the 2011 election report that Stephen D. DeGloria, a professor at Cornell University, won the election to become ASPRS VP for 2011. With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in May, Gary Florence moves into the position of President; Roberta (Bobbi) Lenczowski becomes President-elect, and Carolyn Merry becomes past President. 

DeGloria is Professor of Resource Inventory and Analysis, and Director, Institute for Resource Information Sciences, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, at Cornell University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in geographic information systems, environmental information science, GPS, and spatial modeling and analysis. His research focuses on improving the resource inventory process through the application of aerospace imagery, mapping land cover conditions and trends using digital imagery and geospatial databases, and integrating resource inventory data for use in spatially-explicit predictive models of agro-environmental processes in temperate and tropical landscapes. 

DeGloria joined ASPRS in 1979. He became actively involved in the Society as a member of the Central New York Region, serving as Secretary-Treasurer (1987-1988), President (1998-1999), and National Director (1999-2002). He also served on the Membership Working Group (2004), and Chair, ASPRS Education and Professional Development Committee (2005-2007).

During his time in office, DeGloria said in a statement, “I will focus on strengthening our educational and professional development programs, promoting professional certification, and encouraging active engagement by students in the geospatial sciences.”

David Alvarez was elected Assistant Division Director of the ASPRS Geographic Information Systems Division (GISD). He is a Senior GIS specialist for Halcrow Inc., where he serves as a liaison between the GIS and engineering groups and coordinates the company’s geospatial needs in Florida. His current work includes projects on surface water modeling, database design and data collection. Alvarez has a MS degree in Geodetic Science & Surveying from The Ohio State University and a BS in Environmental Engineering from the School of Engineering of Antioquia. He is also a Provisional Certified Mapping Scientist (ASPRS).

Allen Cook was elected Assistant Division Director of the ASPRS Primary Data Acquisition Division(PAD). He is a Senior Project Engineer at ITT Geospatial Systems, leading research efforts in advanced ISR sensors and systems, space optics and augmented reality. A member of ASPRS since 1988, Cook has held every position on the Board of the Rocky Mountain Region, but is now a member of the Potomac Region. He has authored several technical papers, and twice won the ASPRS John I. Davidson award for practical papers.  He was honored by TRW as Program Technologist of the Year award in 2000, for a significant body of work across many years and programs.

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