Mikhail to Receive ASCE’s Surveying and Mapping Award

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August 8, 2014

Mikhail, EdEdward M. Mikhail, Ph.D., is the recipient of the Surveying and Mapping Award for his devotion and contributions to the advancement of surveying and mapping, particularly his outstanding leadership in theory, research, and teaching in higher education in the fields of photogrammetry and remote sensing. Professor emeritus of civil engineering at Purdue University’s Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Mikhail’s contributions to the surveying and mapping community, and more broadly to the civil engineering community, have been numerous and of consistently high quality during his long career. In addition to his technical contributions, he has mentored a long list of graduate students who are themselves making contributions to the profession. Mikhail, who began the graduate program in surveying engineering at Purdue University in 1965, guided this program until his retirement 2 years ago. Throughout his distinguished career, he consistently received the highest teaching evaluations from the students in his classes. His textbooks in photogrammetry and surveying are considered classics and are widely used nationally and internationally. In particular, Observations and Least Squares, although out of print, continues to be widely used. Recently chosen by the National Academy of Sciences to coauthor a review of the state of geomatics education in the U.S., he has written hundreds of journal articles, conference papers, and invited presentations over the course of his career. Mikhail’s research has covered many aspects of analytical photogrammetry, including groundbreaking work in least squares matching. This work has spawned much follow-on research in both the photogrammetry and computer vision communities. As a consultant to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and its predecessor organizations, he has made seminal contributions to sensor modeling and associated error propagation. Holder of a patent in the use of holograms for photogrammetry, his sponsored research at Purdue culminated in a $5 million award from the Army Research Office on “Rapid and Affordable Generation of Terrain and Detailed Urban Feature Data.”

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