Dear All,

Thanks to the support from leaders of National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and GeoInformation (NASG), and President Ángel Cabrera, Provost Peter Stearns and COS Dean Vikas Chandhoke, VP for International Affairs Anne Schiller of George Mason University, The first "Advanced Executive Program for GeoInformation Management" was successfully completed by GMU for NASG. NGCC, GMU, NASA, USGS and ESRI sponsored this program. GMU, UC-Boulder, USGS (Reston and Rocky Mountain Mapping Center) and ESRI (Broomfield/CO and Redlands) collaboratively hosted the training. The class is led by Director General LI Chiyi.

Managed by the Center for Intelligent Spatial Computing and the Global Office of GMU and NASG, the Program provided training to executives coming from NASG and provincial bureaus of surveying and mapping. 21 bureau (deputy) directors from NASG and Anhui, Beijing, Chongqing, Fujian, Ganshu, Guizhou, Hainan, Hubei, Jiling,Shanxi, Shanghai, Sichuan participated in this advanced geoinformation management program (Jul. 7 – Jul. 27, 2012) at George Mason University. The GMU side was managed by Profs. David Wong, Ruixin Yang, and Dr. Chen Xu. Dr. Pinde Fu, Denny Zhang and Frank Xia helped coordinated the activities at the ESRI DC office. Dave Kirtland, the USGS Eastern Region Geographic Science Center Director, hosted the USGS visit with his two colleagues. Chaowei Yang coordinated the overall program.

During the training program, leaders from various universities, government agencies, and companies, and organizations introduced various cutting-edge topics on:

1. Chan Paul, Executive Vice President, I.M. Systems Group, Inc., How to Run an International Company: Leadership, Quality Control & Project Management

2. Di Liping, GMU Professor, US Agriculture and GeoInformation application

3. Goodchild Michael, UCSB, The Past and Future of Geoinformation Science

4. Jorge Haddock, GMU Dean of School of Management, Approaches to Leadership: Inventing the Future

5. High Jack, GMU SPP Professor, Global and US Economy and the US Economic Crisis

6. Johnston Jerry, Geospatial Information Officer, Dept of the Interior, GeoInformation Management within Department of the Interior

7. David Kirtland, ERGSC director, The US Geological Survey and Regional Geographic Science

8. Qu John, ESTC Director, ESTC and New Earth Science Missions

9. Richardson Doug, Executive Director, Association of American Geographers (AAG), How to Run a Successful International Organization

10. Schneider Bill, CNN US election Commentator, An Inside Look at America’s National Elections 2012

11. Stearns Peter N., GMU Provost, Leadership and the American University

12. Stefanidis Tony, Director, Center of Geospatial Intelligence, GeoInformatics and Geospatial Intelligence

13. Steffenson Sheila, Esri Federal Sciences Business Director, ESRI Federal Science and Technology Strategy

14. Stough Roger, GMU VP for Research, Research and Economic Development in the University Context

15. Wong David, GMU Professor, Geographic Information in the US federal agencies

16. Yang Chaowei, Director, NSF Spatiotemporal Center, Cloud Computing and an intro to The Inudstry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Spatiotemporal Thinking, Computing and Applications

Thanks also go to the training professionals who study diligently with the professors and scientists. Xu Chen, Min Sun, Jizhe Xia, Qunying Huang, Zhipeng Gui, Peng Han, Jing Li, Caixia Wang and Chaowei Yang provided translations. Staff members of GMU CISC also provided significant support to ensure smooth operations during the course of the program.

Thanks to all who helped make this effort a success. We are exploring future programs.


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