UCGIS Fellows

The UCGIS Fellows Program identifies and honors members of our geospatial community who have extraordinary records of accomplishments, including service to the mission of UCGIS. Thus, they have demonstrated exemplary competence to:

  • Advance research in the field of Geographic Information Science;
  • Expand and strengthen Geographic Information Science education;
  • Advocate policies for the promotion of the ethical use of and access to geographic information technologies; and,
  • Build scholarly communities and networks to foster multi-disciplinary GIS research and education.  
Recipient Name Awarded Yearsort ascending Description
John Wilson 2014

Dr. John Wilson is Professor of Spatial Sciences and Sociology in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC), where he directs the Spatial Sciences Institute as well as the Geographic Information Science & Technology (GIS&T) Programs and GIS Research Laboratory. He also holds adjunct appointments as Professor in the USC School of Architecture and in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Departments of Computer...

Hanan Samet 2014

Hanan Samet is a computer scientist who has specialized in computerized geographic information storage procedures. He is the world's foremost expert on a structure known as the quadtree, a method of organizing spatial information that is economical and yet facilitates analysis. This work has profoundly affected Geographic Information Science through his published books and many lectures.

Professor Samet received his education in engineering and computer science in California at UCLA...

Scott Morehouse 2014

There are very few people involved in GIS who have as rich understanding of GIS technology as Scott Morehouse. In terms of his impact on GIS through the design and development of software, Scott has no peers. For more than 25 years he has been the lead architect of Esri’s software systems, which are widely regarded to be the premier high-end systems in use today.
 
Scott Morehouse is one of the original designers of geographic information systems. He got his start as a young...

Barbara Buttenfield 2013

Dr. Barbara P. Buttenfield (babs), Professor, Department of Geography, University of Colorado-Boulder and Director, Meridian Research Laboratory, has made many important and seminal contributions to research and education in Geographic Information Science (GIScience) and to UCGIS. Her most important contributions are in the area of map generalization and multiple representations, a term first used at a National Science Foundation-funded specialist meeting she organized in 1989. Her papers...

Robert McMaster 2013

Dr. Robert B. McMaster, Professor of Geography, Vice Provost, and Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of Minnesota, is a scholar of international reputation who has made extraordinary contributions to research, education, and service in geographic information science (GIScience) and technology (GIS&T) and to UCGIS. Dr. McMaster has made significant research contributions in automated generalization of geospatial data and phenomena, environmental risk, GIScience and society...

Roger Tomlinson 2013

Dr. Roger Tomlinson (1933-2014) is generally recognized as the "father of GIS.” He is the visionary geographer who conceived and developed the first GIS for use by the Canada Land Inventory in the early 1960s.  This and continuing contributions led the Canadian government to give him its highest civilian award, the Order of Canada, in 2001.  Text for that award reads, “he pioneered its uses worldwide to collect, manage, and manipulate geographical data, changing the face of geography as a...

Gerard Rushton 2012

Dr. Gerard Rushton has been a productive scholar in our field for almost 50 years, breaking new ground at every turn in his career.  His work has always been on the frontier of spatial analysis and geographic information systems.  He has led the way in creating new techniques of analysis, exploring and explaining the strengths and weaknesses of already existing techniques, and then using sophisticated methods to help solve social problems.  He is a leader in the health care field, the...

Waldo R. Tobler 2012

Dr. Waldo Tobler has made unique and seminal contributions to the development of geographic information science. He graduated PhD from the University of Washington in 1961, rose from Assistant Professor to Professor at the University of Michigan, and was Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, until his retirement in 1994. He was elected Member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1982, one of the first geographers to receive this honor, and was awarded an honorary...

David J. Cowen 2012

Dr. David Cowen is recognized as a Fellow of the UCGIS in recognition of his sustained and effective contributions to the field of Geographic Information Systems and Science. Professor Cowen’s contributions in the areas of GIS applications, education, research, government service, and commercial development have had a deep and long-lasting impact upon both geography and GIScience, and on the ways in which GIS is viewed by society. In addition to a distinguished academic career at the...

Max J. Egenhofer 2012

Dr. Max Egenhofer has made numerous, highly significant research contributions to geographic information science. Many of his research results on spatial relations and the spatial query languages are commonplace in commercial geographic information systems and have been embedded as key ingredients in international standards. In these standards, the topological relations that derive from his 9-intersection model are often referred to as the "Egenhofer relations." His most prominent...

Jack Dangermond 2012

Dr. Jack Dangermond is a major figure in the development and evolution of geographic information systems (GIS) and science. He was a pioneer in the commercialization of GIS software and has been a constant supporter of geographic information science in the academic sector, as well as throughout government and industry. Jack has made a difference to the global environment and to society while building a successful high-technology corporation, playing a key role in the growth of the effective...

Luc Anselin 2012

Dr. Luc Anselin, Regents' Professor and Walter Isard Chair at Arizona State University is an elected member of the United States National Academy of Sciences and a William Alonso awardee, a Walter Isard recipient for distinguished scholarship, and  a Fellow of the Regional Science Association International.  As Director of the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation at ASU, he is a spatial scientist with an admirable international reputation.  His popular software, GeoDa,...

William J. Craig 2011

Dr. William J. Craig is awarded the University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Fellow status to recognize his outstanding contributions to geographic information science and his exceptional service to UCGIS. Will Craig was one of the early pioneers in GIS as Project Director (1973‐75) and Systems Director (1974‐77) of the Minnesota Land Management Information System at the University of Minnesota. Along with CGIS (the Canadian Geographic Information System)...

Jerome E "Jerry" Dobson 2011

Dr. Jerome E. “Jerry” Dobson is awarded University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Fellow status to recognize his outstanding contributions to geographic information science (GIScience) and his service to UCGIS. Jerry was an early researcher and pioneer who helped establish the field of GIScience. He earned an AA from Reinhardt College, AB and MA from the University of Georgia, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Tennessee. In 1975, he began his career with...

Michael F. Goodchild 2011

Dr. Michael F. Goodchild is awarded University Consortium of Geographical Information Science (UCGIS) Fellow status in recognition of his leadership, contributions to UCGIS, and his remarkable impact on the field of GIScience. Goodchild is the Jack and Laura Dangermond Chair of Geography and Professor of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge in physics (1965) and earned a Ph. D. in geography at McMaster University in...

Karen K. Kemp 2011

Dr. Karen K. Kemp has been a major figure in the evolution of GIS education in the US and abroad. She also has contributed in the areas of research and administration. Karen has been involved in the UCGIS since before its inception ‐‐ she helped organize and then chaired the founding meeting in Boulder in 1995. She has served on the UCGIS Board of Directors, served as Program Co‐chair for the UCGIS 1997 Annual Assembly and Summer Retreat and, with Richard Wright, was editor of the UCGIS...

Duane F. Marble 2011

Dr. Duane F. Marble is awarded University Consortium of Geographical Information Science (UCGIS) Fellow status in recognition of his leadership, contributions to UCGIS, and his remarkable impact on the field of GIScience. Marble is Professor Emeritus of Geography at The Ohio State University. In addition, he holds a courtesy appointment as Professor of Geosciences at Oregon State University. He earned three degrees from the University of Washington, having been awarded the Ph.D. in 1959. He...

Harlan J. Onsrud 2011

Dr. Harlan J. Onsrud has been a leader in research and education on the legal, ethical, and institutional issues surrounding spatial information since the 1980s. Professor Onsrud was instrumental in the establishment of the UCGIS. He participated in the founding meeting in Boulder, Colorado, and took the lead in drafting the original UCGIS bylaws. Harlan then served as the first Chair of the UCGIS Policy and Legislation Committee and played a key role in the planning of early UCGIS...

Arthur Getis 2010

Dr. Arthur (Art) Getis is awarded a University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Fellow status to recognize his outstanding impact on the field of GIScience as well as for his service to UCGIS.  Getis is a Professor Emeritus of Geography at San Diego State University.  He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Washington in 1961.  He has Master and Bachelor degrees from the Pennsylvania State University.  Within GIScience, Getis’ specialties include spatial...

David Mark 2010

Dr. David M. Mark is awarded a University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Fellow status to recognize his sustained and far-reaching contributions to Geographic Information Science as well as his devoted service to UCGIS. Dr. Mark received his Ph.D. degree in Geography from Simon Fraser University in 1977. His Master and Bachelor degrees were granted by University of British Columbia (1974) and Simon Fraser University, respectively. He is a SUNY Distinguished Professor in...

E. Lynn Usery 2010

Dr. E. Lynn Usery is awarded a University Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) Fellow status to recognize his outstanding impact on the field of GIScience as well as for his service to UCGIS.  Although Lynn is formally Research Physical Scientist, GS 15, with the United States Geological Survey, he really serves as the Director of the newly-established Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science.  Lynn has completed multiple degrees, including a BS in Geography/...