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Mizzou Engineering professor earns career recognition

Mizzou Engineering Professor Curt Davis is being honored by an international technology organization for his contributions to satellite remote sensing research.

Davis, an electrical and computer engineering professor and director of the MU Center for Geospatial Intelligence, has been named a “fellow” by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Davis’ new IEEE rank—the highest designation awarded by the world’s largest technical professional organization—will take effect Jan. 1.

“It is my most significant professional accomplishment to date,” Davis said. “It’s recognition for my entire body of work in satellite remote sensing.”

The remote sensing work that garnered Davis that recognition focused on polar ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica. During the last 10 years, Davis has developed several advanced techniques to improve ice sheet data analysis, and attracted international attention in 2005 with his finding that East Antarctica’s interior ice sheet has been thickening as climate warming theories had predicted.

In 2006, Davis was one of eight scientists selected to manage a NASA satellite dedicated to measuring changes in the thickness of Earth’s ice sheets.

Now Davis is using his satellite remote sensing expertise to lead MU’s geospatial intelligence center, which develops computer software to sift through and analyze satellite information vital to national security.

“I’ve broadened my research to look at a different topic,” Davis said.

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