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Congalton Honored for Teaching Excellence by Professional Association

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Russell G. Congalton, a professor of remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS) in the department of natural resources and the environment, has received a teaching excellence award from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Congalton received the society’s 2012 SAIC Estes Memorial Teaching Award, which recognizes individual achievement in the promotion of remote sensing and GIS technology and applications through educational efforts. 

Congalton is a leader in the field of computerized mapping using the tools of remote sensing, photogrammetry (aerial photography), and geographic information systems to solve natural resource problems. On the UNH faculty since 1991, Congalton has a long history of achievement in educational aspects of remote sensing and other geospatial science areas.  

“Russ is completely committed to teaching, whether in the class or in the lab, whether instructing undergraduate or graduate students.  The teaching award from the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing is well-deserved and a confirmation of his earlier recognition by UNH for Excellence in Graduate Faculty Mentoring,” says Ted Howard, professor and chair of the department of natural resources and the environment. 

In addition to his teaching responsibilities and graduate advising in remote sensing and GIS, Congalton served as director of NASA's GLOBE program, as the ASPRS national workshop director, and currently serves as editor in chief of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (PE&RS). Other editorial work incudes associate editorship of Remote Sensing and GIS and previously, the Northern Journal of Applied Forestry.  

Congalton has been involved in the leadership of ASPRS, serving in several senior positions, including president, in the society at both the national and regional levels. He has received numerous professional awards, including ASPRS Presidential Citations, Outstanding Service Awards, several Best Paper awards, and the UNH Graduate Faculty Mentor Award.

The SAIC Estes Memorial Teaching Award was inaugurated in 2003 and is named in honor of Professor John E. (“Jack”) Estes, teacher, mentor, scientist, and friend of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). Award recipients are chosen based on documented excellence in education, teaching, mentoring and training. 

The award, with funding provided by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) through the ASPRS Foundation, will be presented on March 21, 2012, at the ASPRS 2012 annual conference in Sacramento, California.