Becky Morton, Douglas L. Smith and David L. Szymanski Elected as Assistant Division Directors
The results of the 2010 election have been tallied by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Tellers Committee and they reported that Roberta (Bobbi) Lenczowski, an independent geospatial information-intelligence consultant from St. Louis, Missouri, won the election to become ASPRS Vice President for 2010. With the installation of officers at the ASPRS Annual Conference in April, Carolyn Merry moves into the position of President; Gary Florence becomes President-Elect, and Bradley Doorn becomes Past President.
Roberta (Bobbi) Lenczowski is an independent geospatial information-intelligence consultant. In addition, she is outside Board Director for TechniGraphics, GeoEye, Fugro EarthData Inc, and the non-profit Leonard Wood Institute, and supports the Academic Advisory Group of Sanborn.
Lenczowski retired, with 28 years of federal service, from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in 2005, as executive director of the St. Louis operations. During her tenure in Washington, D.C., Lenczowski served three years as NGA’s Technical Executive. Prior to that, she was director of Operations with the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) for over five years, serving as senior executive manager for the majority of NIMA’s professional employees and all imagery collection, geospatial production and imagery analysis.
She has served on several national advisory groups and study teams. In the 1990s, she represented DOD on the Board of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, a university consortium funded by NSF to build the national research agenda for geospatial studies. During the last five years of her federal career, she represented NGA on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing; the Department of Interior’s National Satellite Land Remote Sensing Data Archive Advisory Committee; and, the Security Affairs Support Association.
A member of ASPRS since 1978, she first became involved in the St. Louis Region during the 1988 ASPRS-ACSM Convention. Lenczowski recently completed her second term in two decades as president of the ASPRS St. Louis Region. During her term as ASPRS National Vice President, she states that her plans include, “seeking additional ways to leverage the cross-discipline interaction, resulting from Region and Chapter technical meetings, especially those jointly-sponsored with other professional groups; use more webpage reporting and work to further promote the ASPRS webinar series, and identify similar discipline-deepening efforts to further engage current members and to attract prospective members.”
Recognizing the importance of active participation in professional organizations, she is an Advisory Board member for the St. Louis Chapter of the National Defense Industrial Association, is an individual member of the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, and has belonged to the Open Geospatial Consortium. Lenczowski holds degrees from Creighton University, St. Louis University, and Washington University.
Becky Morton was elected Assistant Division Director of the ASPRS Professional Practice Division (PPD). She has been practicing photogrammetry for more than 20 years at Horizons, Inc., EarthData, Inc., and currently at Towill, Inc. in San Francisco, California. Over these years she has served in a variety of positions beginning as a Programmer/Analyst responsible for systems integration and the translation of mapping data followed by positions as Orthophoto Systems Manager, Director of Business Development, Regional Manager, and Senior Program Director. In addition, for more than eight years Morton established and ran a small GIS company to provide historical georeferenced imagery to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and GIS application development services for numerous clients.
Morton has been an active member of ASPRS since 1995 and served as an officer with her local Northern California Region. She received ASPRS certifications as a Mapping Scientist GIS/LIS in 2000 and as a Photogrammetrist in 2006. She has served as the Photogrammetric Applications Division Director and is currently active in several committees such as the Licensure Exam Writing Committee, Certification Committee, Scholarship Committees, and the Lidar Subcommittee. She plans to focus on the development of standards and guidelines for lidar and mobile mapping services; collaboration between the ASPRS divisions to develop technical conference sessions and continuation of the development of licensure exams for photogrammetry.
Douglas L. Smith was elected Assistant Division Director of the ASPRS Photogrammetric Applications Division (PAD). He is a licensed Professional Engineer, Registered Professional Photogrammetrist and an ASPRS Certified Photogrammetrist. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University and practiced civil engineering, hydrology and hydraulic modeling until 1994. Since 1994 he has served as Vice President for David C. Smith & Associates, Inc., a family owned, full service photogrammetric mapping firm located in Portland, Oregon.
In addition to business development and administrative duties, Smith has a hands-on role in the management, implementation and customization of the firm’s softcopy photogrammetry, image scanning, lidar processing and orthophotography operations and plays an active role in developing and implementing new technologies. In particular, in recent years Smith has been very active in the planning, design and management of the majority of his firm’s projects utilizing lidar and/or digital camera imagery.
Smith is a member of several professional organizations and is active in both the National ASPRS and the ASPRS Columbia River Region (CRR). He has served on the CRR Board (2000-2003), been active in planning the Region’s annual GIS conference (2000 – present) and is currently co-chairing the planning committee for the CRR’s annual regional GIS conference, co-hosted with URISA. At the national level, he has served as Deputy Director of the Professional Practice Division (2006-2008), Chair of the Ad Hoc Procurement Guidelines Committee (2007-present) and is currently the outgoing Professional Practice Division Director. He is looking forward to the opportunity to assist in establishing and supporting new committees for current and upcoming technologies, such as Mobile Mapping or other photogrammetric applications the membership would like to see addressed.
David Szymanski, an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, has been elected as Assistant Division Director of the ASPRS Remote Sensing Applications Division (RSAD). In his current position he helps federal government clients develop strategy and solutions in geospatial intelligence production, integration, and training, and he provides expertise in image processing algorithm development, image quality assessment, and photogrammetry curriculum development.
Previously, Szymanski worked as a Senior Scientist at McClendon Corp. and as a Remote Sensing Engineer at Applied Analysis Inc., where he focused on change detection techniques and tool development to extract features and information from multispectral and hyperspectral data. He also worked on agricultural crop, vegetation, and forest cover identification and characterization methods.
Szymanski, an ASPRS-Certified Mapping Science-Remote Sensing, has a PhD and MS from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry where he concentrated on remote sensing and geospatial information systems. He investigated methods to improve forest and land cover map accuracy using multi-modal image sources and geospatial data.
He has a BS in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
An active, contributing member of ASPRS for 15 years, Szymanski has presented numerous technical papers at local and national conferences. He served on the 2005 and 2009 Annual ASPRS Conference Planning Committees. His many activities within the ASPRS Potomac Region include Membership Officer and co-chair of the Education and Professional Development Committee, Board of Directors Secretary/Treasurer, Vice-President, President (2 years), and Past-President. He remains an advisor to the Board. His future activities as an assistant division director will include marketing RSAD activities using grass-roots organizing methods to students and professionals in related disciplines such as computer science/vision and systems engineering. In addition to outreach activities, he plans to work with government and industry to determine the most pressing data standard requirements and formulate a plan to address the need.
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.