Dr. Ann Bartuska
Dr. Ann Bartuska is Deputy Under Secretary for USDA's Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area. She comes to REE from the USDA Forest Service, where she was Deputy Chief for Research & Development, a position she has held since January 2004. She recently served as Acting USDA Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment from January - October of 2009, and was the Executive Director of the Invasive Species Initiative in the Nature Conservancy. Prior to this, she was the Director of the Forest and Rangelands staff in the Forest Service in Washington, DC. She is an ecosystem ecologist with degrees from Wilkes College (B.S.), Ohio University (M.S.) and West Virginia University (Ph.D.).
Dr. Bartuska currently co-chairs the Ecological Systems subcommittee of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the White House National Science and Technology Council and also is co-chair of the Sustainability Roundtable of the National Academy of Sciences. She is active in the Ecological Society of America, serving as Vice-President for Public Affairs from 1996-1999 and as president from 2002-2003. She has served on the Board of the Council of Science Society Presidents and is a member of AAAS and of the Society of American Foresters.
Dr. Bradley Doorn
Keynote Speech Title: NASA Activities Addressing Agriculture Drought and Food Security
Dr. Doorn is the Program Manager for Water Resources in the Applied Science Program of the Earth Science Division of NASA. With over 25 years of experience in applying remote sensing data to earth application issues, Dr. Doorn now manages over 20 applied research projects led by investigators across the U.S. He also serves as the Applied Sciences Project Scientist for Agriculture-Forestry related initiatives and serves on multiple satellite mission support teams and national committees.
Previously, Dr. Doorn was the Division Director of the International Production Assessment Division in the Office of Global Analysis, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), USDA. He also spent nearly 10 years on active duty as a Topographic Engineer for the U.S. Army.
Dr. Doorn spent five years in private industry as a manager and specialist in remote sensing, GIS, and mapping for numerous engineering and environmental projects. He is a long time member and officer (including President) of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).
Dr. Doorn received his doctorate and master's degrees from The Ohio State University in Geodetic Science and Surveying and his bachelor's degree in Geological Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Dr. Thomas J. Jackson
Keynote Speech Title: The Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Satellite: Status and Outlook
Thomas J. Jackson is a research hydrologist with the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Hydrology and Remote Sensing Lab located in Beltsville, MD. He received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland in Civil Engineering in 1976 and joined ARS in 1977.
His research involves the application and development of remote sensing technology in hydrology and agriculture, primarily microwave measurement of soil moisture. He has been a member of the science teams of numerous U.S. as well as international satellite projects. The focus of his current research is the development of the Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) satellite, scheduled for 2014. He is the SMAP science development team lead for calibration and validation.
His contributions and leadership in research have been recognized by Fellow awards from four scientific societies. Among his awards are the William T. Pecora Award, presented by NASA and the Dept. of Interior, for outstanding contributions toward understanding the Earth by means of remote sensing, Christopher Columbus Foundation Distinguished Agriscience Award, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Distinguished Achievement Award, and ARS Distinguished Senior Scientist.
Dr. Ni-Bin Chang
Ni-Bin Chang is currently a professor with Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the Director of the Stormwater Management Academy, University of Central Florida (UCF) in the United States. In Aug. 2012, he was appointed as the program director of the Hydrologic Sciences Program and Cyber-enabled Sustainability Science and Engineering Program by the National Science Foundation in the United States. He received a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from National Chiao-Tung University (NCTU) in Taiwan in 1983, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Systems Engineering from Cornell University in 1989 and 1991, respectively. Since 1992, Dr. Chang has been directing academic research in the field of ¡°Environmental Sustainability and Systems Analysis¡±. His areas of research include sustainable systems engineering, sustainability science, environmental and hydrological informatics and remote sensing, computational intelligence and soft computing, industrial ecology, ecological engineering, green infrastructure system planning, environmental and ecological systems modeling, and system control/engineering optimization.
Ni-Bin has received widespread recognition for his interdisciplinary research. He holds senior membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) in 2009 and Society of Photonics and Instrumentation Engineering (SPIE) in 2012, Board Certified Environmental Engineer (BCEE) in 2006, Diplomat of Water Resources Engineer (DWRE) in 2007, Certificate of Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) in 2004. He is an elected Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers (F.ASCE) in 2009, an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (F.AAAS) in 2011, and an elected Member of the European Academy of Sciences (M.EAS) in 2008. He is the recipient of the Fulbright Scholar Award in the US, (2012), Bridging the Gaps Award from Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in United Kingdom (2012), Outstanding Achievement Award (ASCE/EWRI, 2010), Research Excellence Award (National Science Council, Taiwan, 1997-2001) and Russell Ackoff Award (Univ. of Penn., USA, 1994).
As of Feb. 2012, Ni-Bin is the author or co-author of over 205 peer-reviewed journal papers, 8 books, 11 special issues of academic journals, 8 United States Patents, 14 book chapters, and 165 conference papers. Articles published have been cited worldwide by over 3812 and his H-index is 35/35. With is record, he has been ranked as the most cited scholar (top 5 in terms of Scopus h-index) in civil engineering field in the world according to the Google Scholar record. He is a member of 10 more professional associations. He was the former associate editor of AGU journal of Water Resources Research and ASCE Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. He has been an editorial board member of 30+ international journals.