John Russell Jensen, PhD, a Carolina Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina, is the 2004 recipient of the prestigious SAIC/Estes Memorial Teaching Award. This award was made during the ASPRS 2004 Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado, May 23-27. Dr. Jensen is a graduate of California State University, Brigham Young University, and UCLA. He was instrumental in developing a new PhD program at the University of South Carolina in Geographic Information Science specializing in remote sensing, cartography and GIS. This program is now one of the most respected in the nation. He has published over 100 articles dealing primarily with remote sensing of the environment. He was a co-author of the ASPRS Manual of Remote Sensing (1st and 2nd ed.) and Manual of Photographic Interpretation
(2nd ed.) He has mentored 55 master’s students and 25 PhD students in remote sensing. All of them are working in the field. He is a past president of ASPRS.
Inaugurated in 2003, the ASPRS SAIC Estes Memorial Teaching Award is named in honor of Professor John E. ("Jack") Estes, teacher, mentor, scientist, and friend of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. This award is designed to recognize individual achievement in the promotion of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) technology and applications through educational efforts. Award recipients are chosen based on documented excellence in education, teaching, mentoring, and training.
The SAIC/Estes Memorial Teaching Award is presented by ASPRS with funding provided by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and consists of a presentation plaque and a cash award of $2,000.
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.