US: The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) selected Jack Dangermond, Founder and President of Esri, as one of its 2012 fellows. Dangermond; who is being recognised for his contributions to the advancement of GIS, UCGIS and conservation; will join Dr. Luc Anselin, Dr. David Cowen, Dr. Max Egenhofer, Dr. Gerard Rushton and Dr. Waldo Tobler in the 2012 UCGIS Fellow class.
The grade of fellow is bestowed on those who have had an extraordinary record of accomplishments in any of the spatial disciplines and communities of practice that use spatial information to complement and support their business operations or personal activities.
A landscape architect by training, Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 with a vision that a mapping and analysis framework provides a deeper understanding of our world, enabling people to design a better future. Dangermond’s leadership and vision have accelerated the ongoing innovation of GIS technologies that enable people to make insightful decisions and improve the quality of life everywhere. Esri supports a wide variety of global communities using GIS to increase spatial literacy, protect the environment, and assist with disaster response.