MAPPS Announces Geospatial Excellence Awards Judges
Friday, September 3, 2010
Posted by: Nick Palatiello
Reston, VA - A
panel of five independent judges will evaluate projects submitted in the MAPPS
2010 Geospatial Products and Services Excellence Awards competition.
panel will be chaired by Robert Burtch, professor in the Surveying Engineering
Program at Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI, where he teaches courses in
surveying, geographic information systems, photogrammetry and geodesy. Burtch
is a Professional Surveyor in Michigan and a Certified Photogrammetrist through
the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).
Pamela Lawhead is on the faculty of the Department of Computer and Information
Science, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS. She is also a founder and
director of the Institute for Advanced Education in Geospatial Sciences, a
university program that provides on-line education to develop a highly skilled
workforce, well educated and equipped to lead the development of geospatial
technologies in the next century.
Donn D. Dears is a retired General Electric Company executive now based in
Chicago. A graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and veteran of
the U.S. Navy, Mr. Dears is president of TSAugust, a 501(C)(3), nonprofit,
nonpartisan think tank conducting research on energy and economic issues, is
the author of two books and writes the blog, Power America.
"Kristi" Grahl is editor of P.O.B. magazine, Troy, MI, and
administrator of its electronic bulletin board, www.RPLS.com. P.O.B., published
by BNP Media, is the oldest monthly national magazine serving the surveying and
mapping profession, reaching more than 38,000 readers. Kristi is an APEX
Award-winning writer and editor, has been P.O.B. editor since 2008 and has
spent the past 15 years working closely with publications serving audiences
including engineers and entrepreneurs.
Gilroy is the director of government reform at Reason Foundation, a Los Angeles
nonprofit think tank advancing free markets. Gilroy, a certified urban planner
(AICP), researches privatization, government reform, transportation,
infrastructure, and urban policy issues. Gilroy has a diversified background in
policy research and implementation, with particular emphases on public-private
partnerships, competition, government efficiency, transparency, accountability,
and government performance. Gilroy has worked closely with legislators and
elected officials in Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah, Virginia, California, and
several other states in efforts to design and implement market-based policy
approaches, improve government performance, enhance accountability in
government programs, and reduce government spending. He is the editor of the
world's most respected newsletter on privatization, Privatization Watch, and is
the editor of the widely-read Annual Privatization Report, which examines
trends and chronicles the experiences of local, state, and federal governments
in bringing competition to public services.
MAPPS awards competition recognizes the professionalism, value, integrity and
achievement that member firms have demonstrated in their projects and
technology developments over the previous year.
am pleased this outstanding panel of knowledgeable, independent and impartial
judges will evaluate the great projects submitted by the MAPPS membership.
These projects and technologies enhance our quality of life and exemplify the
contributions private geospatial firms make to society every day. I look
forward to the judges' decisions and the bestowing of awards in November,"
said MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello.
award recipients will be announced and recognized on Wednesday, November 17 as
part of the MAPPS Fall Policy Conference and in cooperation with the
ASPRS/CaGIS Fall Specialty Conference in Orlando, FL.
The Geospatial Products and Services
Excellence Awards program has six categories: airborne and satellite data
acquisition; photogrammetry/elevation data generation; remote sensing; GIS/IT;
small projects; and technology innovation. A Grand Award winner will be
selected from the six category winners to represent the MAPPS Project of the
Year. This is the fourth annual awards competition.
Formed in 1982, MAPPS is the only national association exclusively comprised of
private firms in the remote sensing, spatial data and geographic information
systems field in the United States. The MAPPS membership spans the entire
spectrum of the geospatial community, including Member Firms engaged in
satellite and airborne remote sensing, surveying, photogrammetry, aerial
photography, LIDAR, hydrography, bathymetry, charting, aerial and satellite
image processing, GPS, and GIS data collection and conversion services. MAPPS
also includes Associate Member Firms, which are companies that provide
hardware, software, products and services to the geospatial profession in the
United States and other firms from around the world. Independent Consultant
Members are sole proprietors engaged in consulting in or to the geospatial
profession, or provides a consulting service of interest to the geospatial
MAPPS provides its 180+ member firms opportunities for networking and
developing business-to-business relationships, information sharing, education,
public policy advocacy, market growth, and professional development and image