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ESRI chief executive officer presented with honorary doctorate

Jack Dangermond, MS, president & CEO, ESRI
Jack Dangermond, MS, president & CEO, ESRI
An Inland Empire native  received an honorary doctorate during Loma Linda University School of Public Health commencement services held Sunday, June 11, 2006, 6:30 p.m., at Loma Linda University Drayson Center.

Jack Dangermond, MS, president and chief executive officer for Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) of Redlands, received the doctor of humane letters degree during the conferring of degrees ceremony where 116 students received degrees from the School of Public Health.

Mr. Dangermond is co-founder and president of ESRI, a privately held geographic information systems (GIS) software company headquartered in Redlands, California.

The company, which originally concentrated on land-use analysis, is now increasingly focusing on GIS software development.

Environmental Systems

Research Institute is considered to be a leader in the GIS industry.

Mr. Dangermond earned a bachelor of science degree from California State Polytechnic University in Pomona, the master of science degree in environmental science from the University of Minnesota, and the master of science degree in urban planning from the Harvard University Laboratory for Computer Graphics and Spatial Design. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from the following institutions: State University of New York; City University in London; Ferris State University in Michigan; University of West Hungary; California State University; and University of Redlands.

As a founding pioneer of GIS, Mr. Dangermond is an authoritative voice in the areas of GIS technology development and applications. He is a member of NASA’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis.

The impact Mr. Dangermond has exerted on the GIS software market, GIS research, and related analytical methods has been profound. He is the recipient of numerous awards reflecting the influence of his work on many fields of study. These awards include the Cullum Geographical Medal of the American Geographical Society, EDUCAUSE Medal of EduCause, Horwood Award of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, Anderson Medal of the Association of American Geographers, John Wesley Powell Award of the U.S. Geological Survey, Distinguished Public Service Award of the United States Department of State, LaGasse Medal of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and Brock Gold Medal of the International Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

Mr. Dangermond’s innovative technology has become deeply entrenched in business and in military organizations in the United States and around the world. It has also been used by the state of Wyoming to plan highways and bridge programs, by the Australian government to build an interactive environmental resources website, and by the state of Texas to track the spread of fire ants. In numerous keynote addresses delivered at conferences worldwide and in hundreds of published papers, he has discussed technology trends in the GIS industry.

Honorary doctorates are presented by Loma Linda University in recognition of extraordinary achievement in fields such as science and technology, the arts and humanities, business and public service, or in recognition of outstanding contributions to the welfare and/or enrichment of the University, the state, the nation, or the world.  

Further, the honorary degree is awarded to bring recognition to the individual, to expose students and faculty to distinguished citizens and leaders, and to make an institutional statement as to Loma Linda University’s values.

By Richard Weismeyer

TODAY news for Thursday, June 29, 2006