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Jack Dangermond

Jack Dangermond

Founder & President - Esri


A landscape architect by training, Jack Dangermond founded Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with a vision that computer mapping and analysis could help us design a better future. Under Dangermond's leadership, that vision has continued to guide Esri in creating cutting-edge GIS and Geodesign technologies used in every industry to make a difference worldwide.

Dangermond fostered the growth of Esri from a small research group to an organization recognized as the world leader in GIS software development. Esri employs more than 4,000 people worldwide.; many who shared his passion for GIS in the early days are still with the company and remain dedicated to helping our users be successful.


M.S., Landscape Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, 1969 M.S., Urban Planning, Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota, 1968
B.S., Landscape Architecture, California Polytechnic CollegePomona, 1967


Honorary Doctorates

University of Greenwich, London, 2013
University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts, 2013 Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts, 2011 University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2008
Loma Linda University, California, 2006 University of Arizona, Tucson, 2006
Technical University for Civil Engineering of BucharestRomania, 2005 California Polytechnic UniversityPomona, 2005
State University of New York – Buffalo, 2005 University of West Hungary, 2003
City University of London, 2002 University of Redlands, 1999 Ferris State University, 1993


Selected Awards

Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau, Netherlands, 2019
LALH Legacy Award, Library of American Landscape History, 2019 Audubon Medal, The National Audubon Society, 2015
Ocean Conservation Award, Aquarium of the Pacific, 2014
Champions of the Earth Award, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), 2013 Alexander Graham Bell Medal, National Geographic Society, 2010
Patron's Medal, Royal Geographical Society, 2010
Public-Private Partnership Award, National Governors Association, 2009 Carl Mannerfelt Medal, International Cartographic Association, 2008
Inductee, GIS Hall of Fame, Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, 2005 Outstanding Service Award, American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
(ASPRS), 2007
Henry Shaw Medal, Missouri Botanical Garden, 2006

Fellow of ITC, The Netherlands, 2004
Distinguished Public Service Award for outstanding contributions to national and international affairs, U.S. Department of State, The Secretary's Open Forum, 2002
LaGasse Medal for Excellence in the Management of Public Lands and Natural Resources in the Public Interest, American Society of Landscape Architects, 2000
Brock Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievements in the Evolution of Spatial Information Sciences, International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 2000
Cullum Geographical Medal of Distinction for the advancement of geographical science, American Geographical Society, 1999
EDUCAUSE Medal for developing outstanding, technology-based teaching and learning programs in geography, EDUCAUSE in partnership with the Association of American Geographers, 1999
James R. Anderson Medal of Honor in Applied Geography, Association of American Geographers, 1998
Ed Forrest Award for Excellence in Design/Construction Design Automation, A/E/C Systems International, 1997
John Wesley Powell Award, U.S. Geological Survey, 1996


Professional Organizations

World Geospatial Industry Council European Academy of Sciences and Arts
National Geographic Society Board of Trustees Commerce Data Advisory Committee
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI) Advisory Board
Census Advisory Science Committee
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI), Board Member National Geospatial Advisory Committee, NGAC National Geographic Education Foundation, NGS
Earth System Science and Applications Advisory Committee, NASA Science and Technology Advisory Committee, NASA
National Steering Committee, Task Force on National Digital Cartographic Standards Role, International Eurasian Academy of Sciences
Executive Board, National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA) National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) Information Impacts Committee, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Board of NCGIAUniversity of California at Santa Barbara
National Science Foundation:  SBE Advisory Committee and AC-ERE Advisory Council Committee on Social Science Association (COSSA)
Committee on Geography, National Academy of Science
President's Engineering Advisory Council, University of California at Berkeley Editorial Advisory Board, GEO World
Editorial Advisory Board, Geospatial Solutions

All presentations by Jack Dangermond


Mar 24 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am
202 AB


Geo Week


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