US: Daniel Civco, a professor in the Department of Natural Resources Management and Engineering at the University of Connecticut, has been named as the recipient of the 2010 SAIC/Estes Memorial Teaching Award. It will be presented in April at the ASPRS 2010 Annual Conference in San Diego California.
This award is designed to recognise individual achievement in the promotion of remote sensing and GIS technology, and applications through educational efforts. Award recipients are chosen based on documented excellence in education, teaching, mentoring and training. The recipient receives a presentation plaque and a USD 2,000 cash award.
The SAIC Estes Memorial Teaching Award was inaugurated in 2003 and is named in the honour of Professor John E. (“Jack”) Estes, teacher, mentor, scientist, and friend of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Civco currently serves as Director of the Centre for Land use Education and Research (CLEAR) and is co-founder of the Laboratory for Earth Resources Information Systems (LERIS) as well as a Co-PI (Principal Investigator) of the NASA-funded Regional Earth Resource Applications Centre (RESAC) established in 1999.
In expressing his appreciation to ASPRS for this award Civco said, “Receiving an award bearing Dr. Estes’ name is truly an honour and to be mentioned in the same company as past recipients — words can’t describe what that means to me. Though I got to know him only in the latter years of his life, I admired and respected Jack throughout my entire professional career. I am no Jack Estes, but I have tried to aspire to the principals and ideals that defined him. Jack was an exceptional scholar, mentor, leader and gentleman.”