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Signatures - ASPRS Student Blog

This forum is designed to give ASPRS student members an opportunity to network with each other on a wide range of topics such as job opportunities, travel to conferences, personal achievements, and general industry news.

Updated: 2018-03-07T16:50:27.047-07:00


ASPRS Speakers Club Next Meeting Nov 3


ASPRS Speakers ClubPublic speaking is a part of most of ASPRS members professional life. We all need to effectively communicate with our colleagues, staff, and students. Today as we must do this in person to person interaction; person to group presentation and through electronic transmission (e.g., virtual meetings) many of us find ourselves out of practice and in uncharted territory. To address this training and discourse thru an ASPRS Speakers Club has been under development that is similar to that of Toastmasters Int. but will be hosted in a virtual setting. Brian Murphy, Vice President of Business Development at Altavian, the maker of the Nova family of Unmanned aircraft and payloads, and long time member of ASPRS, who is currently Past President of the Florida Region and Chairs the ASPRS Sustaining Members Council at a national level share his experience with Toastmasters in Florida."Since joining Toastmasters, and attending recent ASPRS conferences, I have seen a huge opportunity to help my fellow ASPRS’ers by helping improve upon their oral communication and leadership skills. I am interested in bringing elements of Toastmasters into ASPRS in order to help improve the member experience. Not only do I strongly feel this will help benefit all ASPRS members, young and old, but it will also help improve upon the Conference experience as well, by helping speakers watch their “ums and ahs;” keeping their presentation informative, yet concise; helping them rely less on power point bullets and more on content and delivery; using vocal variety in order to help maintain command of the audience."In a recent meeting discussing how to proceed Paul Pope, of Los Alamos National Labs, share some of ideas that toastmaster encourages in person to group interaction, that will be replicated in our ASPRS Speakers club:Present for your audience, not too them.Make it your business to know what they want or need to hear,and then be sure to present it in a way that captures their attention and offers a clear message.With planning and rehearsal, you'll be able to avoid the common mistakes that plague other speakers.See more at ( we are, by no means, experts in public speaking and leadership, we feel that these are skills we can all work on. We am hoping to find a group of at least 30 Individuals who are willing to help start and charter this initiative we are, for now, calling “The ASRPS Speakers Club.” It is here that I hope to foster deep networking relationships, while also helping improve self-confidence. Because it will be mostly virtual, I am hoping that this “club” will also allow us to increase our familiarity with the etiquette involved with utilizing various teleconferencing technologies.Regards,Paul Pope, Ed Freeborn, Brian Murphy, Melissa Rura________________________________________________________JOIN USI hope you will join us by going to the form below and filling in your contact information. Also, let us know if you have ever been involved in Toastmasters before, as we could benefit from your expertise and experiences. ToastmastersNext Meeting November 3, 2015Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. can also dial in using your phone.United States : +1 (408) 650-3123Access Code: 820-858-989[...]

ISPRS SC Newsletter Vol. 9, Issue 2



ISPRS SC Newsletter Vol. 9, Issue 2

The latest issue of the ISPRS Student Consortium newsletter is ready for download:
    • Interview with Assoc. Prof. Enrico Paringit
    • It's More Fun at ACRS 2015
    • About ACRS and AARS
    • NOAH Project - Disaster Management Tool
    • UP DREAM/Phil LiDAR Program
    • PHL Microsat Program
Feel free to download it and have a look! Also, don't forget that contributions and topics for special issues are always welcome!

Copyright © 2015 ISPRS Student Consortium, All rights reserved.

URISA's Student Competition Revolutionized for GIS-Pro 2014

2014-05-20T08:17:08.607-06:00 Published Tuesday, May 13, 2014 11:00 amby Wendy NelsonIn a recent development for GIS-Pro 2014: URISA’s 52nd Annual Conference taking place September 8-11, 2014 in New Orleans, the URISA Vanguard Cabinet has revitalized the traditional student presentation competition. Help revitalize traditional poster contests by joining the Vanguard Cabinet for a showcase of recent 'maptastic' GIS student innovations. Instead of traditional printed and thumb-tacked maps, we are going completely digital. There will be a series of brief presentations (no longer than five minutes each) during the competition session on September 9th at 2:00 PM where students will compete for the "Best Presentation" cash award. Additionally, digital submissions will be accepted for students unable to attend the conference, where they can compete for additional cash prizes* in various categories. All approved submissions will be uploaded online and displayed in the common area during the conference, to allow conference attendees to vote on a "People's Choice" award. All awards will be presented to select competitors during the Wednesday morning awards ceremony at GIS-Pro 2014. “With today’s GIS students becoming the future leaders of our industry, it’s essential to offer students a platform to continue learning, present analysis results, and get feedback to improve their skills,” said Ashley Hitt, a current URISA board member. “As young GIS professionals, the Vanguard Cabinet recognizes this and is offering more opportunities for students and other young professionals to get involved and take advantage of the opportunity.”Students may submit a map or poster .pdf (or image file), a PowerPoint presentation, or a video walk-through of a web app., mobile app., model, or script they have developed. All submissions will be reviewed, to ensure appropriate content, and competitors will receive an email confirmation upon approval. We encourage competitors to attend the conference to present their work, but those unable to attend will still be able to compete for all but the "Best Presentation" award. All students are welcome to compete, as long as they submit evidence of at least half-time enrollment at an accredited college for the Fall 2014 term. More details, as well as the competition application form, can be found at opportunities for GIS students to get involved with the URISA GIS-Pro Conference - to be held in New Orleans, LA from September 8-11, 2014 - include a panel designed for students/young professionals and student volunteer opportunities.Young Professional/Student Panel: This will be an educational session for students and young GIS professionals to learn more about GIS career paths, how to keep up with skills and technology changes required for more advanced positions, advice on creating effective resumes and portfolios, interview tips, and resources for open job positions. This session will take place on Tuesday, September 9 from 4-5 p.m.Student Volunteer Opportunities: URISA strives to involve students as much as possible in its annual conference. There are a limited number of opportunities to attend the conference through a complimentary registration, in return for volunteering at the conference. An application is posted here: you have any questions about the student competition, or would like additional information, please contact About URISA: URISA – Fostering Excellence in GIS – is a leading provider of learning and knowledge for the GIS community. URISA connects great ideas and great people to inspire leadership and achievement. We strive to provide exceptional educational experiences, a vibrant and connected community, and the essential resources you need to be successful in your career. URISA is[...]

JOB POSTING: Part-time GIS and Data Management Student Contractor Needed


The Central Energy Resources Science Center located in Lakewood, Colorado is looking for a part-time (20 hours per week) student contractor. The contractor would be required to provide services in accordance with the requirements below for the period of August 1st, 2014 through August 1st, 2015 not to exceed a total of 1040 hours.Services RequiredThe successful student contract candidate will perform various technically oriented tasks related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS), web content management, data management systems, and workflows and processes conducted by the Central Energy Resources Science Center. Specific tasks include:Authoring, editing, and updating desktop maps as well as web enabled maps using ESRI’s ArcGIS software platform, utilizing best practices, methods and procedures outlined by the Data Management and Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI) project contacts.Keep current, a geographic information system (GIS) of southwest Wyoming historical oil and gas drilling activity for the Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative (WLCI).Web mapping preparation, optimization, and processing including map caching.Geospatial metadata authoring, editing, updating and quality control/quality assurance (QA/QC).Geospatial web content management.Publication citation database QA/QC, data entry, and management.Scanning documents for Fundamental Science Practice records.Expertise/skills:RequiredExperience with ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcToolboxExperience with common GIS data formats and structures including shapefiles and geodatabases.Experience with managing GIS data in a Windows computing environment.Motivated problem solver who enjoys providing technical solutions to complex scientific problems.At least 2 years of under-graduate level course work in a GIS or a closely related program.At least 1 semester of GIS course work focusing on technical concepts and application of the ArcGIS software platform. Demonstration of current enrollment.Basic programming and ArcGIS model building experience.The ability to acquire and manage both public and proprietary oil and gas wells data. Includes honoring the proprietary nature of commercial databases.Good communication skills and ability to teamwork.DesirableBasic knowledge of web mapping standards (GeoServices REST API, WMS)Basic knowledge of database management systems.Basic knowledge of geospatial metadata standardsCompensation:Compensation is commensurate with the level of education and experience, as follows: $13.79 – $15.45 per hour for a total of 1040 hours (20 hours per week) for student with at least 2 years of college. Student is responsible for all costs of transportation to and from the principal duty station location. The Government does not provide housing, meals or other living expenses while working at the principal duty station. Student is also responsible for tax withholding and self-employment tax.To apply, please send me your resume via email.-- .................................................................Gregory L. GuntherData Management Project LeadCentral Energy Resources Science Center Data Managementhttp://energy.usgs.gov Federal Center MS 939PO Box 25046Denver CO 80225Fax: 303.236.0459Phone: 303.236.5884Mobile:[...]

Congratulations to Steven Ostrowski, the first student liaison to an ASPRS Regional Board


On April 1, 2014 the Eastern Great Lakes Region (EGLR) of ASPRS appointed Steven Ostrowski, a graduate student at The Ohio State University (OSU), as Chairperson for the EGLR Student Advisory Council. The EGLR SAC is also the first of its kind and will serve as a bridge between regional and national student affairs. “As Chairperson, Steven will be the liaison between the EGLR SAC and ASPRS SAC... and to represent all students within EGLR who are current ASPRS Student members or hold an interest in joining ASPRS” (-EGLR Past President Jim Peters, Great Lakes Beacon 2014).

Steven Ostrowski holds a BS in Civil Engineering from OSU and will begin his second year of his MS in Geodetic Engineering, also at The Ohio State University. Last March 2013, Steven won 2nd Place at the OSU Engineering and Architecture Undergraduate Research Forum, with a poster presentation on “Mapping of the Mars Exploration Rovers Opportunity and Spirit, Analyzing Orthophotos and Stereoscopic, Panoramic Imaging”.

Steven works as a graduate research assistant on many exciting projects including the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) and ExoMars with Dr. Rongxing Li (ASPRS Fellow), and UAV/UAS projections with Dr. Charles Toth (ASPRS Vice President). He is enthusiastic about this new opportunity from ASPRS and looks forward to more student involvement from his region.

$100K in Scholarship Funding from USGIF Deadline to apply: April 25, 2014


FROM THE DESK OF R. Maxwell Baber, Phd., FBCart.S:

"Dear Colleagues,

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is excited to announce the opening of our 2014 Scholarship Program. USGIF is dedicated to assisting promising students interested in geospatial sciences with scholarship awards to further the advancement of the geospatial intelligence tradecraft.

With your help, we can make our 2014 Program the most successful yet. Please pass along this information to your contacts and/or students and download our 2014 Scholarship Program flyer.
  • Students studying geospatial intelligence or any related field are encouraged to submit their applications by the April 25, 2014 deadline.
  • Graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students can download applications at
  • Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their academic and professional excellence in a field related to the geospatial intelligence tradecraft.
Last year the Foundation awarded $107,000 to 25 recipients and plans to award at least $100,000 for the 2014 program. High school recipients are awarded $2,000 per scholarship and all others are awarded $5,000 each. Since 2004, USGIF has awarded$584,000 in scholarship funding to promising students in the geospatial intelligence field.

Students studying in fields such as geography, political science, physics, computer science, engineering, biology, anthropology, sociology or any field in the natural and social sciences are encouraged to apply. Through the USGIF Scholarship Program, the Foundation strives to communicate to students the breadth and power of GEOINT in serving national, global and human security interests.

The USGIF Scholarship Program endeavors to support students with innovative ideas for problem-solving with Geospatial Science and Technology. Please share information about this scholarship program with your students.

For more information on the USGIF Scholarship Program or to download applications, please visit:

Deadline to apply: April 25, 2014

Thank you for your assistance.


R. Maxwell Baber, Ph.D., FBCart.S

Director of Academic Programs

United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation  "

** Special thanks to Sokhan Hing, ASPRS Membership Manager
** Special thanks to Dr. Maxwell Baber, Director of Academic Programs USGIF

The Student Advisory Council thanks our SEMG Panelists for their participation in the Spring 2014 Student-Employer Meet & Greet


The Student Advisory Council (SAC) thanks our SEMG Panelists for taking the time to address our student members and represent their companies at the ASPRS 2014 Student-Employer Meet & Greet!We ask and encourage all students to prioritize attending ASPRS conferences because through these events, you can really see the value of your student membership! At each conference you will find student-focused events coordinated by the SAC designed for you to introduce yourself to these industry leaders who have candid and thoughtful guidance for you at this stage of your career! The geospatial community wants to get to know you. Here are just some of the recommendations from this year’s panel of SEMG participants:Jim Green, Regional Sales ManagerOPTECH | VAUGHAN, ONTARIO“We are looking for people who are keen and eager--are keen to wake up in the morning and have the solutions rolling before they get to the office. Most of my hires are people who sit at a table--like I am right now--leaning forward into the conversation, not sitting back waiting for someone to ask a question. I'm waiting for people to tell me about my company and what they know about it. Because that tells me that's where they want to be.”Elaine van Ommen Kloeke, PublisherELSEVIER PRESS | UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS“Be careful with your CV--that's the best advice I got when I was making that transition--most of us tend to write the CV for scientists, so we talk about our education, our publications. But many companies are looking for something else, they want your competencies: what are you good at? Did you organize a workshop? Did you organize a conference? Can you show that you are good at networking? Those sorts of things you do not want to leave off of your CV. Make sure you show the other side of yourself.”Eric Cole, Operations ManagerWOOLPERT | ATLANTA, GA“Make sure you know the position you're applying for. When I look at a resume and I don't see things that don't apply specifically to the position that I'm hiring for, I go to the next resume. There has to be something there that makes me want to talk to you. That's the importance of a resume: it makes me want to talk to you. If we don't get past that, then there's no real opportunity. If you have something to offer me that I'm looking for, then you sell yourself on the project or position at that point.”Gerry Kinn, Senior Imagery SpecialistESRI | VIENNA, VA“You as a prospective job hunter need to remember that you're hunting. And when you hunt, you have to approach the target, right? So make sure if you think you want to work for a company that you get in front of them, you talk to them, and they get to know you as a person. Because at the end of the day, we don't hire resumes. We hire people. If we know you the person, your chances skyrocket. And if you get an internship--no matter if it's paid, unpaid, anything--make sure you show initiative. That is the best way to get a job. We hire about half our interns for full-time positions. The ones we hire are the ones that showed initiative.”Mike Rosen, Software ArchitectLIZARDTECH | SEATTLE, WA“Frankly, almost all entry level resumes look the same; if you've got something that you can say that stands out—that's what I'm looking for. Talk to me about something that you're passionate about: did you work on an open-source project? I totally want to hear about it. If you've got a project that you took initiative on and pushed for—that's the kind of thing that makes you stand out. If you show up here, plus one. It's something that distinguishes you from the 'great unwashed masses'. Initiative and the way you present yourself as a person that cares about what they're doing is huge.”Darrick Wagg, Support Services ManagerGEOCUE CORPORATION | HUNTSVILLE, AL“We do try to look to make sure our new hires have had some sort of exposure and some sort of experience. Have you done some volun[...]

Paid Undergraduate Summer Research Internship


“Paid Undergraduate Summer Research Internship”

Are you interested in hands-on Hyperspectral Imaging (HI) experience and learning how to work with interdisciplinary teams? Here is an opportunity.

The GeoTREE Center ( and the Geography Department ( at the University of Northern Iowa once again host a NSF-funded REU program to introduce young scientists to a highly interdisciplinary research environment with fundamental and applied research in hyperspectral imaging (HI). HI is widely used in various disciplines such as Earth Science, Environmental Science, Biology, Forestry, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geographic Information Science (GISc), and more. If you interested, application and more information is available online at The program flyer in PDF version is attached. The application deadline is March 28, 2014.

Summer Stipend: $4,000 for eight weeks (May 19-July 11, 2014). In addition, the program will cover the cost of housing, a meal plan, lab supplies, and up to $750 for follow up activities.

Contact: Dr. Bingqing Liang (, or Dr. Andrey Petrov (

CSU Fresno 53rd Annual Geomatics Engineering Conference


Are you going to be in the Fresno, CA area this friday and saturday? If so, then come check out our student run conference!

ASPRS YPC New Social Media Sites


Interested in what the ASPRS Young Professionals Council is doing this year!!! Then follow them on twitter @ ASPRS YPC and linkedin @ ASPRS YPC

St. Louis and Central Regions to become the Heartland Region


Hi all,

I was wondering if you knew anyone in my region that would like to be more active in ASPRS. We could use some extra support and I just thought you might know someone/anyone who might be interested in supporting us. Our region is MO, Il, IA, AR, OK, KS, ND, SD, and NE and we’ve combined the St. Louis and Central Regions to become the Heartland Region.

Let me know if you have any names!

Also, we have a professor seeking MS and PhD students. We posted a notice here: If you know any students or can advertise this with the SAC, that would be great.

Thank you!


Gregory B | Imagery Scientist
Esri | 3060 Little Hills Expressway | St. Charles, MO 63301-3751 | USA
T 636-949-6620 | F 636-949-6735
gbrunner (at) esri (dot) com |

ASPRS Southwest US Region and ASPRS Northern California Region


ASPRS Southwest US Region and ASPRS Northern California Region

Joint Technical Session

January 23, 2014, 6 p.m.
California State University, Fresno

Engineering East, Room 191 (EE-191)

Speaker: Chris Gray, Mollenhauer Group
Topic: BIM: Measurement of Buildings using the Latest Technology
Speaker: Dr. A. Stewart Walker, BAE Systems
Topic: Photogrammetry and Image Processing: History, Trends and Opportunities.
Refreshments will be available at 6 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m.
Meeting open for both ASPRS members and non-members.

Please RSVP to the Northern California Region’s website at if you are planning to attend to assist with an anticipated attendance count. However, an RSVP is not required to attend.

The California State University Fresno campus is northeast of the intersection of Shaw and Cedar Avenues in Fresno. A campus map can be found at Please use the “Select A Building:” feature and select Engineering East (EE). For you GPS enthusiasts, EE is located at approximately 36o48’52” 119o44’54”.

Campus parking regulations will be enforced. The daily parking permit fee is $3.00. Select “Daily Permit Dispensers” on the Campus map link,, for locations of parking pay-stations.

Following this technical session, don’t forget the 53rd California State University Fresno Geomatics Engineering Conference, January 24-25, 2014, at the Clovis Veterans District. See for details.

Questions, contact:
Lorraine B. Amenda, PLS, CP at


Lorraine B. Amenda, PLS, CP
Project Manager
Towill, Inc.
2300 Clayton Road, Suite 1200
Concord, CA 94520-2176
Phone: (925)682-6976

2014 International LiDAR Mapping Forum Conference


2014 International LiDAR Mapping Forum Conference Program Launched
The three-day technical conference and exhibition focused on airborne, terrestrial and bathymetric LiDAR, with a particular emphasis on mobile mapping systems, takes place February 17-19 2014 in Denver Colorado. ASPRS is a proud support of International LiDAR Mapping Forum.

Innovative Conference
The highly acclaimed international conference offers an opportunity to learn about the latest advances in technology and hear about industry changes and developments first hand from industry experts. Find out more about data capture systems, data fusion/classification and processing techniques and the increasing integration of key technologies. Listen to case studies highlighting actual experiences and lessons learned. See the full program with abstracts here.

International Exhibition
Running alongside the conference is the exhibition of 70 system and component manufacturers, operators and service companies who will be showcasing new LiDAR products and a wide range of new technologies and services. Exhibitors include airborne, terrestrial and bathymetric LiDAR, and complementary sensor manufacturers, survey service companies, data processing, GIS and management specialists and the latest mobile mapping vehicles.

Mobile Mapping Vehicles
Mobile mapping vehicles will be on hand for all visitors wishing to view and experience the latest technological developments in mobile mapping.

ASPRS Hot Topics
ASPRS will provide an update on activities of the society associated with LiDAR and point cloud processing. Among these activities are:
  • The new concept of LAS domain profiles
  • The newly created bathymetric profile for littoral mapping
  • Accuracy metrics being jointly developed by the ASPRS and the USGS for LiDAR calibration and project geometric correction
  • Best practices specifications for mobile laser scanning
See the full ASPRS Hot Topics schedule and speakers here.

Early Bird Booking Rate
Save up to $100 with Early Bird Booking Rate if you register by December 13, 2013. Click here to register.

We look forward to welcoming you to International LiDAR Mapping Forum 2014.

Congratulations to our own Ryan Bowe!


Photo Science’s Bowe Named URISA Young Professional of the Year
November 25, 2013 :: News, Press

Lexington, KY, November 26, 2013 – Photo Science, Inc. a Quantum Spatial Company (Photo Science) staff member Ryan Elizabeth Bowe, GISP has been named URISA's (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) Young Professional of the Year.

This award is in recognition of Bowe’s outstanding efforts as part of URISA's Vanguard Cabinet. The Vanguard Cabinet is a URISA initiative which debuted in 2011 to engage young GIS practitioners (35 and under), increase their numbers in the organization, and better understand the concerns facing these future leaders of the GIS community. The Cabinet’s mission is to collaborate with URISA’s Board of Directors and Committees in creating and promoting programs and policies of benefit to young professionals.

Bowe is a GIS Technician at Photo Science and has been a URISA member since 2011. Regarding being named the URISA Young Professional of the Year, Bowe said, “I want to thank Photo Science for giving me the opportunity to participate in URISA. This award is an incredible honor. Working with this organization has been unbelievably rewarding. I have not only grown professionally, but I have a fantastic network of people with whom I am as close as family. I hope to be able to inspire other young professionals to participate in URISA."

Bowe has 11 years of experience providing GIS support. She is especially experienced in metadata creation and is well regarded as Photo Science's premier metadata expert. She compiles and oversees the management of metadata creation for Photo Science. In addition to being an active member of URISA, she is working with the Young Professionals Council of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), she is a founding board member and secretary of Cumberland URISA (the local chapter of URISA in Kentucky and Tennessee), she reviews applications for Geographic Information Systems Professionals (GISP) Certification through the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI), and she is a member of the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professionals (KAMP).

Check out the link here:

Graduate Research Assistantship at University of Southern Mississippi


Graduate Research Assistantship at University of Southern Mississippi in Spatial Analysis and Human Dimensions of Natural Hazards

We invite prospective M.S. and Ph.D. students to apply for a graduate research assistantship in spatial analysis and human dimensions of natural hazards in the Geography Program at the University of Southern Mississippi. The position is funded by aNSF grant to Drs. Bandana Kar and David Cochran to investigate (i) factors contributing to spatial and temporal variations in vulnerability and resilience, and (ii) errors associated with existing vulnerability/resilience assessments due to discrepancies in spatial and temporal scales of analysis.

We are seeking highly motivated students (at least two - three students) with a background and interest in Geographic Information Science (spatial analysis, modeling, geo-visualization and internet mapping) and human geography/social science (hazards) who wish to begin in January 2014. Funding on the NSF grant is available for two years, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. The position includes a salary of $18,000/year plus tuition and health benefits. The position will include work with spatial and non-spatial data, modeling, programming, and ethnographic fieldwork.

We are particularly interested in students interested in combining Geographic Information Science with human geography/social science. Preferences will be given to students who can work independently as well as in a team and who already have relevant field and/or laboratory experience.

Interested candidates should contact Bandana Kar ( and David Cochran ( to discuss the position.

Follow this link to apply for admission to the graduate program in Geography:

Additional information on the Geography Program at the University of Southern Mississippi is available at:

ISPRS Student Consortium - Women in science and engineering



Women in science and engineering
Call for contributions to the special issue of the ISPRS Student Consortium newsletterThe ISPRS Student Consortium is pleased to announce that the next edition of our newsletter will be dedicated to women in the geosciences and the geo-related engineering disciplines. This would include articles written _about_ and/or written _by_ women. If you have an idea about an article that could be included in the newsletter please consider submitting a draft by Dec 13, 2013. The draft should include 1-2 pages of text and 1-2 photos/graphics in high resolution. Topics could include experiences and exchanges of female students, tributes to female educators or researchers, or any other advantage/disadvantage or struggle/triumph of being a female in your chosen field of occupation. All submissions should be sent to

Thank you for helping us diversify our newsletter!

Copyright © 2013 ISPRS Student Consortium, All rights reserved. 
You are receiving this e-mail because you're the member of ISPRS-SC website. 
Our mailing address is: 

ISPRS Student Consortium
Istanbul Technical UniversityIstanbul 34000

ISPRS SC Newsletter


Dear Member,

It's pleasure to announce the new issue of ISPRS SC Newsletter. Here are highlights;

Interview with Dr. Dewayany Sutrisno
Interview with Dr. Hussein Farah
Zamani Project - Africa
Filed experiments at Qinghai Lake China
Aerospace Futures 2013
Geospatial Datamining
Satellite Imagery Contest Winners
The Indirect Path
Exchange Story from Turkey to Florida
You can read and download it on the following page;

Copyright © 2013 ISPRS Student Consortium, All rights reserved. 
You are receiving this e-mail because you're the member of ISPRS-SC website. 

Our mailing address is: 

ISPRS Student Consortium
Istanbul Technical UniversityIstanbul 34000

GeoTech 2013 Annual Conference



GeoTech 2013 Annual Conference
Keck Center, National Academies, Washington, DC
December 9 – 10, 2013

ASPRS Potomac Region
Open Source Methods, Open Standards and Geospatial Data Quality
Registration now open at:

Overview: In an era of rapidly growing open source (OS) data and software, the opportunity for its integration with traditional business practices is considerable. However, a fundamental issue that must be considered is quality. For example, data quality must be accurately quantified in order to propagate its effects in various geoprocesses, which ultimately impacts decision making. Addressing the quality issue can be greatly facilitated with development and adoption of community standards, particularly for metadata. Accordingly, the goals of this conference are to focus upon: 1) Assessing and demonstrating the value and impact of OS to the geospatial community, 2) Forecasting OS evolution in terms of impact to business practices, and 3) Proposing new methods to assess OS quality to facilitate standardization and exploitation.

GEOTECH2013 Keynote Speakers:

Mr. Paul Ramsey, Boundless: Open Source Software, Present and Future


Mr. Ted Cope, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency: Open Source, Open Innovation, and the Future of GEOINT Research

GEOTECH2013 Workshops
• Applied Spatial Statistics and Programming with“R”
• Introduction to OpenStreetMap
• Fundamentals of Hyperspectral Analysis
• Introduction to the OpenGeo Suite and GeoServer

Questions, Contact:
Dr. Ashley Holt
ASPRS Potomac Region, GeoTech2013 Chair

For more information visit the web site:

EGLR SAC (Student Advisory Council) Chairperson



Call for nominations for
EGLR SAC (Student Advisory Council) Chairperson

The ASPRS SAC (Student Advisory Council) serves all ASPRS Student members at the national level. Based on this national council, the Eastern Great Lakes Region (EGLR) has decided to form a Region version of the SAC. From here forward the Regional SAC will be referred to as the EGLR SAC. The EGLR SAC will be an outreach to ALL Students not represented by Region Chapters at colleges and universities and also to assist Students that represent the EGLR’s two current Student Chapters (California University of Pennsylvania and The Ohio State University).

The person elected to this position as Chair will serve as a voting member on the EGLR SAC and a non-voting member to the EGLR Board of Directors from January 2014 to January 2015. The elected Chair must be an ASPRS Student Member. Students who would like to be nominated and are not current ASPRS Student members can find information and forms about becoming a Student member of ASPRS by visiting this location (

Nominations are open from now till November 30, 2013. Voting will take place betweenDecember 2 and December 23, 2013. The person elected will be introduced at the EGLR 3-City Winter Dinner Meeting in early February 2014.

After taking office in January 2014, the new Chair will begin to work with several members of the EGLR Board of Directors and contacts with the ASPRS SAC to develop the new Council. This will be a great opportunity to form decision making and networking opportunities within ASPRS. Your responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

1. A representative of all the Students within the EGLR
2. A liaison between the EGLR Board and the EGLR Student Chapters
3. Develop contacts with the ASPRS Student Advisory Council and the ASPRS Young Professionals Council
4. Attend the monthly EGLR Conference Call Board Meetings
5. Develop Student run meeting activities throughout the year within the EGLR

Please email the names and contact information of nominees willing to run for election and serve to:

George Leshkevich
EGLR, Secretary/Treasurer

Thank you
Jim Peters

President of EGLR ASPRS

Standby Task Force - Typhoon Yolanda


Dear SBTF Volunteers,As you all know in response to Typhoon Yolanda, the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) has mobilized to support Palau and the Philippines. DHN have been contacted by United Nations Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, the Philippines Red Cross to assist in providing information management support.Super Typhoon Yolanda made landfall early on Nov 8 in Guiuan municipality, Eastern Samar province, Eastern Visayas region. The storm hit with 150mph winds and gusts up to 170mph. Roads have been impacted in Region V and Region VIII. There is no cell phone signal in Regions VII and VIII as well as 4 municipalities in Northern Cebu. Storm surges and flash floods have been reported in Eastern Samar and Leyte, causing significant damage to buildings and houses, according to UN OCHA, and killing over 10,000, people according to early estimates. Strong winds and heavy rainfall have disrupted telecommunications, limiting information coming out of affected areas. UN OCHA requested information on population displacement , affected community needs and International and National humanitarian support. The SBTF is currently filtering Yolanda tweets and images by relevance to disaster responders, using the Micromappers’ Clickers software, then geolocating and categorizing those tweets and images for use in the ESRI and GIScorps maps, and as raw data for the Statistics Without Borders analyses.We are writing to you again to let you all know that the deployment will last until Sunday and that you are all invited to participate in this inspiring project!Volunteers interested in working with the SBTF can find more information at deployment page is here: the Google Site with instructions on how to participate: deployment leads are:· Justine Mackinnon -, Skype: fidget01· Melissa Elliot -, Skype: mellomely· Anahi Ayala Iacucci -, Skype: anahiiiWe really hope you will join us, in the same time, see some of the fantastic news coverage this deployment got in the media:· [IRINnews] Micro-mapping Philippine’s typhoon disaster· [Time] Struggling to Cope — Haiyan’s Aftermath: Live Blog· [National Geographic] Scanning Social Media to Improve Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts· [Examiner] Social Media is needed in Typhoon Haiyan recovery· [UN OCHA] Philippines: Super Typhoon Haiyan makes landfall, UN and humanitarian community on high-alertOnwards, one map at the time!The SBTF Yolanda Activation LeadsVisit Standby Task Force at:[...]

ASPRS Potomac Region


ASPRS Potomac Region ASPRS Technical Tour: November 7th 2013ASPRS - Potomac Region and MDA Information Systems LLC are pleased to announce the following Technical Tour.The Tech Tour will be hosted by MDA atMDA Information Systems LLC820 West Diamond Ave., Suite 300, Gaithersburg, MD 20878-1419Phone: 240-833-8200 Fax: 240-833-8201 Please use Google Maps for personalized directions.Report to the lobby for an escort to the meeting.Please note that this tour is for US citizens only(I.D. required for admission)Please pre-register at Regonline( 2.00 - 4.00 p.m. · Welcome and Introduction to MDA – Dr. Greg Koeln· Persistent Change Monitoring– Dr. Jon Dykstra(PCM – Landsat, RapidEye, RADAR and TFM)· RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) – Dr. John Hornsby· Terrain Network Tools (TNT) – Dr. Doug Way· MDA Weather Services – Jeannine Melican· ISRS Remote Ground Terminal – Dawn Sienicki· Additional QuestionsReception: 4:00 – 5:00(Cheese, Fruit, Wine, Soft drinks)5:00 p.m.Adjourn to Dogfish Head – no host gathering within walking distance of MDAQuestions, Contact:Robert C. BlackPrincipal Ground Segment Engineer, GS Engineering+1.703.480.4642 office +1.703.839.5571 mobile[...]

Elements of Orthophoto Production


Upcoming Workshops in the ASPRS Webinar Series:Check out the list of webinars we have lined up for you this year.Sign up NOW_____________________________________________Elements of Orthophoto ProductionRegistration Deadline: November 11, 2013Webinar date: November 14Instructor: Frank Scarpace, Image Processing Software, Inc.Course descriptionPrice: ASPRS members = $200, Nonmembers = $350, ASPRS Student Members = $100The webinar is 4 hours total, offered in 2-hour segments.Thursday, November 14 – 11:00 am - 1:00 pm and 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Eastern Time(You must attend BOTH segments to qualify for CEUs)________________________________________________For complete information on this Webinar Workshop, go to online Registration form for these workshop is available immediately.Don’t wait; sign up today.If you have any problems with the registration, please contact the Meeting Registrar at registrar@asprs.orgNOTE: ASPRS Webinars are intended for the sole use and benefit of those registered to take the Workshop. That means that Each Person who attends a Webinar is required to register. Attending a webinar without registering is an ethical violation.ASPRS Sustaining Member companies who have multiple employees who want to take the webinar at the same time should contact Kim Tilley at kimt (at) asprs (dot) org for information on quantity discounts.[...]



ASPRS 2013 Specialty ConferenceSan Antonio, Texas * October 27 - 30, 2013REMOTE SENSING APPLICATION DIVISIONMeeting AgendaWyndham San Antonio Riverwalkand Simultaneous Teleconference(877) 885-1087 ID: 4711626812  **Remote Sensing Applications Division (RSAD)27 October - 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM CT - Location: Texas Ballroom, Salon A 1) Call to order / Introductions 2) RSAD operating procedures 3) RSAD committee and working group introduction 4) 2013 Awards committee 5) RSAD Climate Change Sub-committee report 6) RSAD Marine Working Group report 7) RSAD Academic Engagement Sub-committee report 8) Open discussionRemote Sensing Applications Division (RSAD)Climate Change Subcommittee27 October - 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM CT - Location: Texas Ballroom, Salon A1. Geospatial Climate Awareness Day discussions2. Standards/Best practices discussion3. Coastal Inundation Workshop4. Special sessions, hot topics, etc. for spring?5. Study topics and school credit6. Increasing the committee's web presence7. Increasing interactions with regions8. CCC webinarRemote Sensing Applications Division (RSAD)Marine Applications Working Group29 October - 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM CT - Location: Executive Salon 5 1. Announcement of MAWG officially established 2. Presentation of Charter (attached file as proposed handout) 3. Vision 4. Mission 5. Strategic Objectives 6. Discuss concept of operations 7. Administration 8. Topics of Focus 9. Volunteers 10. Communications 11. Website** If no teleconference participants join within 5 minutes of meeting start, the phone connection will be ended.POC is Dave Szymanski, RSAD DirectorSzymanski_David (at) bah (dot) com703 (dash) 472 (dash) 4216[...]

ISPRS SC - Capacity Building Workshop of Satellite Remote Sensing for Southeast Asian Scientists


Capacity Building Workshop of Satellite Remote Sensing for Southeast Asian Scientists
2013/11/27 - 2013/12/05
ISPRS WG VI/5 is pleased to announce the 2013 Capacity Building Workshop of Satellite Remote Sensing for Southeast Asian Scientists to be held in the Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research (CSRSR), National Central University (NCU), Taiwan, fromNov. 27 to Dec. 05, 2013. This workshop is sponsored by the National Science Council of Taiwan and CSRSR/NCU. It provides a platform for graduate students and young scientists in Southeast Asia to learn knowledge and hand-on experiences on satellite remote sensing and applications. It is also an excellent opportunity for networking and to meet internationally well-recognized scholars in remote sensing and spatial information sciences. Expenses (including round-trip airfares, accommodation, and meals) for accepted participants will be covered by the workshop. For more information and online application, please visit:<>.

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ASPRS Professional Practice Division Meeting


ASPRS Professional Practice Division Meeting
Sunday, October 27, 2013, 3:00 – 4:00 PM
Room: Executive Salon 3
(San Antonio Fall ASPRS Conference)

Open Meeting - Becky Morton, Director, and Mike Zoltek, Asst. Director)

Status of change of PPD Director(s) – Becky moves to Past-Director, Mike moves up to Director.  Two candidates for Asst Director:

· Frank Taylor, CP, Continental Mapping Consultants, Indianapolis, IN –            franktaylor29 (at) comcast (dot) net, #888-815-3327
· Patrick McGarrity, RLS, CP, Psomas, Tucson, AZ - pmcgarrity (at) psomas (dot) com, #520-292-2300

Division Activities/Committees
· Procurement Guidelines (Becky Morton)
· State Licensing Legislation (Doug Fuller / Mike Zoltek)
· Maintenance of the Photogrammetry & Lidar Licensure Map (Mike Zoltek)
· License Exams / Certifications (Mike Renslow)
· ASPRS Wikipedia Development (Brian Murphy) – waiting for Glossary completion.
· Development of special session(s) for the spring ASPRS conference

New Business (Open Discussion)
Set Next Meeting Date/Adjourn
PPD Website:

Director: Becky Morton, CP, CMS
Email: becky (dot) morton (at)

Asst Director: Michael Zoltek, CP, LS, CFedS, GISP
Email: Michael (dot) zoltek (at)
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PPD Webmaster: Nathan Kempf
Email: Nathan (dot) Kempf (at)
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