ASPRS presented the 2004 Fellow Awards at their recent Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.  The winners are Amelia Marie Budge , Clive Fraser, Paul F. Hopkins (1955-2003), and  Elias Johnson. 

 The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed exceptional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines).  These awards were given at the ASPRS 2004 Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado in May.
The designation of Fellow is awarded for professional excellence and for service to the Society. Candidates are nominated by other active members, recommended to the Fellows Committee, and elected by the ASPRS Board of Directors. Up to 0.3 percent of the Society’s active members may be elected as Fellows in any one year.  The nominee must have made outstanding contributions in a recognized Society specialization whether in practice, research, development, administration, or education in the mapping sciences. Members of the Fellows Committee and the Executive Committee are ineligible for nomination.


Ms Amelia (Amy) Budge graduated from the University of New Mexico (UNM) Department of Geography in 1975 with a BA degree, taking a position as a customer service representative at UNM’s Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC), Photo Dissemination Program.  As manager of the Program grew it from a modest self-supporting function into an internationally recognized active archive for Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz, Space Shuttle (STS), and historical aerial photography.  As Manager of EDAC’s Clearinghouse Services during the 1980s and 1990s she inaugurated strategic and tactical improvements in the scope of activities and range of services that have become standard practices in several federal, state, and privately operated active archives for imagery and maps

For 27 years Budge has been involved in many of EDAC’s geospatial projects and is currently serving as Deputy Director of EDAC, managing major NASA, DOT, and FGDC projects.  She is team leader for EDAC’s NASA Earth Science Information Partner (ESIP) project and is coordinating development of an Internet accessible, data delivery system that is interoperable with other NASA ESIPs, and that provides information and data from a broad spectrum of satellite sensors and platforms to local and regional resource managers.  She has been an active participant on the ESIP Federation Interoperability, Outreach, and Metrics Committees.  She is also the project coordinator for EDAC’s National Consortium for Remote Sensing in Transportation for Security, Safety, Hazards, and Disaster Assessment, funded by U.S. DOT.  Mrs. Budge has served as Principal Investigator and project manager on six projects funded by the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) to develop metadata for GIS data, establish an Internet clearinghouse node, conduct metadata training workshops, and inaugurate a web mapping service capability compliant with the Open GIS Consortium’s web mapping specifications.

She was appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Interior to serve on an the National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive (NSLRSDA) Committee, which advises the Secretary on issues related to long-term archiving of Earth-oriented satellite data.  Budge is one of the founding members and past President of the New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC), she currently serves as Vice-President and a Board member.  She also represents the State of New Mexico on the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC).  Ms. Budge is experienced in organizing and conducting workshops, seminars, and meetings, and has participated in organizing several national and regional conferences.

Budge’s activities in the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing include: (1) member of GISD; (2) past Director of GISD (1997-1999); (3) appointed Chair, Data Preservation and Archive Committee (1994-pressent), (4) Deputy Chair, ASPRS/ACSM Fall Conference and Exhibition, Albuquerque, 1992; (5) Co-Editor on Earth Observing Platforms and Sensors, Manual of Remote Sensing, 3rd Edition;  (6) Delegate to the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) during 1999 and 2000; (7) Technical Secretary, ISPRS Commission-I (2000-2004); and (7) Member of the Technical Program Committee, ASPRS Pecora-15/ISPRS Commission-I Conference, Denver, CO, 2002.


Professor Clive Fraser is currently a Professor in the Dept. of Geomatics at The University of Melbourne.  Fraser received his Bachelors in Applied Science (photogrammetry & surveying) from Curtin University, Perth, and his Masters in Surveying Science, University of South Whales, both in Australia.  He received his PhD in photogrammetry from the University of Washington in the US.  Clive’s particular areas of interest are in digital photogrammetric mapping, industrial photogrammetric measurement systems and the exploitation of high-resolution satellite imagery for geospatial information generation.  On the industry side, he is involved with the development of innovative image-based spatial IT products and he served in a part-time capacity from 1998 –2001 as Technical Director of Geomatic Technologies Pty Ltd, a spatial information company based in Melbourne. Prior to his current appointments, Fraser served as Reader and Head of the Department of Geomatics from 1993 to mid 1998, and prior to joining the University of Melbourne he was for 10 years Vice President of Geodetic Services, Inc. in Florida, the World’s leading company in industrial photogrammetric systems and services. 

Fraser is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and in recognition of his academic and professional work he has earned numerous international awards including the President’s Medal and the President’s Prize from the Photogrammetric Society of the UK.  He is a Fellow of both The Photogrammetric Society and the Institution of Engineers Australia.  Clive has a number of active international research and industry collaborations, and he serves as a consultant to industry in Australia, Japan, the US and Europe. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of four of the leading international journals dealing with photogrammetry and remote sensing and he has authored more than 200 publications.
Dr. Fraser was first Certified as a Photogrammetrist in 1986.  He joined ASPRS as a PhD student in Seattle in 1977.  In the same year he was awarded The Wild Heerbrugg Award by the Society, and in the following year he won the Bausch and Lomb Photogrammetric Award. This started a long and productive association with ASPRS.  His contributions to the Society being most significantly related to its publications and research support activities.  Most notably, he served as the Associate Editor of Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing (PE&RS) from 1987 to 1992, he authored one of the chapters in the ASPRS Manual of Non-Topographic Photogrammetry in 1989, and he is currently involved in writing two of the chapters for the forthcoming edition of ASPRS’ Manual of Photogrammetry.  Moreover, he has been an active reviewer for both PE&RS and selected ASPRS publications for more than 20 years. He has also served on selection committees for different ASPRS awards & has been active in technical program selection for ASPRS Technical Meetings, especially in regard to close-range photogrammetry.  He has also received the Fairchild Photogrammetric Award, the Talbert Abrams Award (Grand Prize twice and Honorary Mention once), the Davidson President’s Award for Practical Papers (three times: first, second and third place.)  Since his first publication in PE&RS in 1980, Fraser has published a total of 20 scientific papers in the journal and continues to contribute papers every year. In addition to these publications, he has presented papers at 16 ASPRS Annual and Fall Meetings since his first attendance at such a meeting in 1978.

PAUL F. HOPKINS (1955-2003)

Dr. Paul F. Hopkins was a tenured professor at the School of Environmental Resources and Forest Engineering at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) and Director of ESF’s Council for Geospatial Modeling and Analysis.  Dr. Hopkins received his BS in Forestry from the University of Maine with Distinction in 1977, his MS in Environmental and Resource Engineering in photogrammetry and remote sensing in 1980, and his PhD in 1992 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in digital photogrammetry and remote sensing. 

Hopkins had a passion for teaching and he derived great pleasure in communicating the benefits of the mapping sciences to anyone who would listen.  He was willing to teach everything from elementary surveying and map interpretation to advanced remote sensing and GIS.  His research and consulting focused on the application of airborne and satellite imagery to forest management issues with a keen interest in geometric and radiometric integrity of remotely sensed data.  He sought and received support for multiple sources including the U.S. Forest Service, National Science Foundation, NASA, NOAA, and many state and county agencies.  He had close to 50 publications and presentations to his credit.                                                               

Hopkins was a hard working and energetic member and participant both nationally and locally in ASPRS since 1977 and was a Certified Photogrammetrist.  His service included Chairmanship of the ASPRS Strategic Planning and Membership Committees and as a core and charter member of the Electronic Communications Committee.  He was the National Director of the Central New York (CNY) Region, from 1987-93 and served on the Executive Committee from 1989-93.  Hopkins was Vice President, and twice President of the CNY Region as well as a long time member of the Region Council.  He helped establish and direct the New York State GIS Conference co-sponsored by ASPRS and the CNY Region.  He was instrumental in establishing the William Johnson Memorial Fund after Bill’s untimely passing.  Hopkins received the ASPRS Meritorious Service Award in 1990 and 1993, the Ford Bartlett Award in 1992, was the first recipient of the Altenhofen Memorial Scholarship, and the winner of the First Place Student Award from the Western Great Lakes Region.

Hopkins was also a member of the ACSM, the Society of American Foresters, and the American Society for Engineering Education.  He lived to the fullest intertwining all his time, talents, and devotions.   Hopkins is no longer with us, but let’s hope that our profession never forgets everything he stood for. 


Dr. Elias Johnson is completing a distinguished career of contributions to remote sensing and photogrammetry education, and
is teaching his final semester as Professor of Geography, Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning at the Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU.)  He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Oklahoma in 1977 after earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northern Illinois University.  In addition to serving on the faculty at SMSU, he served as an Assistant Professor at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota.

Johnson has taught photogrammetry, remote sensing, aerial photography interpretation, cartography, and thematic mapping courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels since 1977 at SMSU.  He received numerous honoraria, research grants, and sabbatical leaves all related to his continued interest in the varied disciplines of geography and cartography.  Johnson’s research interests included land cover analysis using image processing and GIS, as well as advanced photogrammetric and remote sensing procedures for regional mapping.  He has steadily published throughout his career including SMSU “in-house” as well as domestic and international publications. He participated in the ASPRS 2001 Gateway to the New Millennium Conference. He remains active in research as evidenced by his co-authored publication in the Journal of Arid Environments (accepted 2 April 2003). He has also co-authored a presentation at the American Geophysical Union Convention (December, 2003) and co-authored a chapter, Climate of North America, in the Encyclopedia of Climatology since his retirement.  Elias was a primary developer of SMSU’s Institute of Resource Planning and Management and served as a consultant to the City of Springfield on aerial photography interpretation issues.

Professor Johnson played a principal role in developing and modernizing the Cartography and Map Technology program at SMSU.  He worked closely with U. S. Geological Survey and National Imagery and Mapping Agency personnel to design and modify the curriculum.  He developed a cartography minor for the university in 1984.  He works continuously with companies and individuals in the GIS industry to ensure his students are involved with state-of-the-art techniques, processes, materials, and equipment. 

For more than 30 years, Johnson provided support and assistance to ASPRS and the State of Missouri in advancing applications of the mapping sciences.  He won ASPRS’ Ford Bartlett Membership Award five times.  He served on the

society’s Student Activities Committee for three consecutive years.  Professor Johnson was also instrumental in establishing the SMSU Student Chapter, Central Region of ASPRS in 1986 and served as faculty advisor for many years.  He also served as the faculty sponsor of the campus Environmental Education Committee and Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU — an international honor society in geography) for three years each – both of which use advanced geospatial information technology.  In 1989, the Rolla Region (now the Central Region) honored Johnson with the Outstanding Member Award.  In addition to ASPRS, Johnson is a member of GTU, Association of American Geographers, The Remote Sensing Society, Missouri Academy of Science, and the Missouri Geographic Society.

Founded in 1934, ASPRS is an international professional organization of 6,000 geospatial data professionals. ASPRS is devoted to advancing knowledge and improving understanding of the mapping sciences to promote responsible application of photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems and supporting technologies.  For additional information about www.asprs.org.