2006 ASPRS Fellow Award Winners

Anthony B. Follet, Barry N. Haack and Lloyd O. Herd (Posthumously) have been named the 2006 ASPRS Fellow Award winners.

The ASPRS designation of Fellow is conferred on active Society members who have performed excep¬tional service in advancing the science and use of the mapping sciences (photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying, geographic information systems, and related disciplines).  These awards will be given in May at the ASPRS 2006 Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada.

The designation of Fellow is awarded for pro¬fessional 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 nominees 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.

ANTHONY B. FOLLETT is the co-founder of the current AeroMetric, Inc. (dba AeroMap U.S.) group of companies and is Senior V.P. and Division Manager.  Follett’s career spans more than 30 years in the field of photogrammetry covering a whole range of experience. He received his BS in Civil Engineering at Oregon State University in 1969 as his MS in Photogrammetry & Geodetic Engineering, University of Illinois, 1971.  He did post graduate work in Forestry Management, Oregon State University, 1971-72.

Follett served for two years active duty with the USAF as a civil engineer officer, then in the reserves for several years.  His background includes production experience in flight crew, photo lab, mapping, cartography, project management, and programming.  Other experience includes forestry and land surveying with the Alaska Region of the Bureau of Land Management. 

Well known for his participation in ASPRS affairs at the national and regional level, Follett has been a member of ASPRS since 1968 and is a Certified Photogrammetrist.  He helped organize the 1986 ACSM/ASPRS National Conference in Anchorage and was responsible for major contributions to the ASPRS 2003 Conference in Anchorage Alaska.  He was the 1976 President of the Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference, and chaired as well as served on various ACSM committees for many years.  In 1973 he co-founded the Alaska Foto-Gram and was editor for four years.  He is a Past President of the ASPRS Alaska Region and he chaired the Survey of the Profession committees from 1982 through 1986.  He is the author and presenter of several technical papers throughout and received ASP and ASPRS Presidential Citations in 1980 and 1988.

In addition, Follett has been extremely active in MAPPS since it’s founding and held many officer positions, serving as 1995 -1997 President.  He was appointed Member & Vice-Chairman, Export Council of Alaska, Dept. of Commerce, member   of the Department of Geomatics Advisory Committee, University of Alaska, Anchorage, a past member, Survey and Mapping Advisory Committee, Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources,  as well as a past Instructor at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Oregon State University, and University of Illinois in Photogrammetry & Forestry.  He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers; the National Science Foundation Traineeship in Civil Engineering, University of Illinois; and, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Society.

BARRY HAACK is a professor of Geographic and Cartographic Sciences at George Mason University (GMU), in Fairfax, Virginia.  He received his BS from the University of Wisconsin, MA from San Diego State University, and PhD from the University of Michigan.  All degrees were in Geography.

Haack has been on the Geography Faculty at GMU for 20 years and has broad experience in technology transfer and the application of remote sensing.  He has been Geography Program Director and Graduate Coordinator, and continually teaches courses in remote sensing, geography and GIS.  Over 300 students have received MS degrees

in Geography from GMU, most of whom have taken his courses.  Haack was a research scientist at the USAID-funded Regional Remote Sensing Facility in Nairobi, Kenya, and a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.  He has worked extensively in Nepal, first with the Nepal National Remote Sensing Centre and more recently as a visiting scientist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.  He has advised the Government of Suriname on land management, consulted on agricultural rehabilitation in Afghanistan, represented the United Nations on a regional evaluation in South Asia, and conducted workshops in numerous countries. 

Haack’s distinguished record of funded research that has emphasized the application of synthetic aperture radar (SAR), SAR-derived measures, and the integration of SAR with optical data for land cover classification.  He regularly presents his research findings at ASPRS and other professional society meetings, and publishes in PE&RS and all leading remote sensing journals.  He was an author and co-author of chapters in the ASPRS Manual of Photographic Interpretation, Second Edition, and is frequently called upon to review manuscripts for the Society.

Haack’s international reputation crosses the disciplines of educator, researcher and consultant.  He has accrued an extensive record of service to ASPRS.  A member for over 30 years, he has served on the Society’s Publications and Membership Committees; the Autometric, ERDAS, Ta Liang and Alan Gordon Award Committees; and special focus groups and applications committees.  Active in the Potomac Region of ASPRS, he has served on the Region Board of Directors, chaired the Education Committee, chaired the Region’s scholarship committee, and organized and presented technical workshops.  He co-chaired the Technical Program Committee for the 2005 ASPRS Annual Conference in Baltimore.  His Society awards include the Ford Bartlett, Leica Geosystems, Presidential Citation and Conference Management awards.

LLOYD O. HERD (Posthumously) was a 1935 graduate of The Ohio State University in Civil Engineering and was a professional engineer and surveyor.  Herd attended the first several meetings of ASP held at Wright Paterson Field (Dayton) beginning in about 1935 and worked in various positions with the AAA in use of air photos, TVA doing preliminary mapping for Oak Ridge,  U.S. Corps of Engineers during World War II, and finally with the Ohio Dept. of Highways after the war. 

A member of the ASP/ASPRS since 1937, Herd actively contributed to the Society by continued interest and involvement with the development of photogrammetric applications, support of the Society by publication reviews and, as Chief of Aerial Engineering (ODOT), provided financial /job support for students of photogrammetry as they attended The Ohio State University.  In all these positions he was actively engaged in the development and application of photogrammetry.  As chief of the Aerial Survey Section, Herd acquired one of the first four models of the analytical plotter produced for worldwide use by Nistri/Bendix. He was an early and continuing member of the ASPRS Transportation Committee.  His publications were primarily in the various proceedings of the national Transportation Research Board.

Herd continued to support the Society by frequent attendance at local, national and international meetings, the industry and academia in the Eastern Great Lakes Region. He and/or ODOT donated aerial photographs to universities in Ohio, secured positions for young photogrammetrists, and promoted the profession and the Society.  He contributed the complete back file of Photogrammetric Engineering to OSU dating back to the early 1940s.  He died on July 1
5, 2005.  Proudly, but sadly we are honored to present him the ASPRS Fellow Award posthumously.

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.

About The ASPRS Foundation
Founded in 1979, The ASPRS Foundation, Inc. is an independent 501 (c) 3 organization established to provide grants, scholarships, loans and other forms of aid to individuals or organizations pursuing knowledge of imaging and geospatial information science and technology, and their applications across the scientific, governmental, and commercial sectors.  The Foundation is the primary funding source for all non-sponsored awards and scholarships recognized by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.