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SwRI scientist achieves remote sensing certification

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San Antonio — July 31, 2006 — Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) Research Scientist Marius Necsoiu, Ph.D., has been certified as a Mapping Scientist in Remote Sensing by the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). He is one of only two ASPRS-certified professional remote sensing mapping scientists in Texas, and one of just 24 worldwide.

"This certification is one of the highest recognitions that someone can achieve in his profession," said Dr. Wes Patrick, vice president of the SwRI Geosciences and Engineering Division. ASPRS characterizes this certification as the "official recognition from colleagues and peers that an individual has demonstrated professional integrity and competence in the remote sensing field."

Necsoiu, a research scientist in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department in the SwRI Geosciences and Engineering Division, has more than 12 years of experience in national and international projects involving airborne and satellite remote sensing, geospatial metadata systems, and geographic information systems (GIS). At SwRI, Necsoiu has worked on risk assessment projects, natural hazards evaluation and the development of exploration tools, as well as data and information sharing systems for Earth and planetary sciences.

A certified mapping scientist in remote sensing is "a professional that specializes in analysis of images acquired from aircraft, satellites or ground bases, or platforms using visual or computer-assisted technology. Analysis is used by various specialized disciplines in the study of natural resources, temporal changes and for land use planning. They develop analytical techniques and sensor systems," according to the ASPRS.

The ASPRS is a scientific association founded in 1934 with more than 7,000 professional members worldwide who promote the responsible use of photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS and support technologies in the mapping sciences.

Necsoiu earned doctoral and master's of science degrees in Environmental Sciences from the University of North Texas in Denton, and a bachelor of science in Applied Electronics from the University Politehnica of Bucharest, Romania. He is a U.S. Expert in ISO/TC211 Working Group 6 — Imagery.

Since 2005, he has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Necsoiu is a member of the ASPRS, IEEE — Geosciences and Remote Sensing, American Geophysical Union, Sigma XI, and the honor societies Alpha Epsilon Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi.

Editors: A photo to accompany this story is available at http://www.swri.org/press/2006/necsoiu.htm .

For more information contact Tracey Whelan at (210) 522-2256, Communications Department, PO Drawer 28510, San Antonio, TX 78228-0510. 

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