The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) will be awarding Fellow status to Dr. Timothy Nyerges at its upcoming May 2015 Symposium in Alexandria, Virginia. Fellows are individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of geographic information science education and research.
Dr. Nyerges, a Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Washington in Seattle, is best known for his work in participatory geographic information systems, particularly through tools and methods for collaborative decision making and spatial decision support. He has authored and coauthored several significant books in this field, including Geographic Information Systems for Group Decision Making (2001) and Regional and Urban GIS: A Decision Support Approach (2010), as well as many other publications. His leadership in the field of geographic information science has been recognized not only through numerous research grants, but also as having been selected to serve as a member of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC), the lead group for such matters in the United States. Throughout his career, Dr. Nyerges has also steadily maintained his reputation as a dedicated educator and mentor, and has devoted extensive time to professional service. In 2014, he was one of the first recipients of the UCGIS Service Award.
The UCGIS Fellows Program was created in 2010 to celebrate the extraordinary record of achievements of individuals in a variety of spatial disciplines and communities of practice that use spatial information. Fellows are selected by a review committee comprised of the current UCGIS Fellows and members of the UCGIS Board of Directors. UCGIS is a non-profit scientific and educational organization comprised of 60+ member and affiliate institutions. It was established in 1995 for the purpose of advancing research in the field of Geographic Information Science, expanding and strengthening multidisciplinary Geographic Information Science education, and advocating policies for the promotion of the ethical use of and access to geographic information and technologies, by building and supporting scholarly communities and networks. In addition to convening an annual Symposium, UCGIS sponsors collaborative research and curricular projects, workshops, webinars, and other special initiatives designed to benefit the community as a whole. UCGIS is the professional academic hub for the GIS research and education community in higher education.