Dr. Daniel Sui, a professor in the Department of Geography and holder of the Reta A. Haynes Endowed Chair in Geosciences, has been selected to serve a three-year term on the Mapping Science Committee (MSC) of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council. Sui will be the first Texas A&M faculty member to serve on the MSC.
“It certainly is an honor,” Sui said. “Work with GIS ( Geographic Information Systems ) represents a lot of my research, so to have any sort of role on this prestigious committee which is responsible for defining the nation’s mapping and GIScience research agenda is an incredible opportunity for me to serve my field of research and my colleagues.”
Sui’s work at Texas A&M has revolved around the evolving science of GIS. He has worked to integrate spatial analysis and modeling with GIS to develop socio-economic, public health, and environmental applications. Sui’s research focus is well-suited for the committee, whose members represent a broad range of the scientific community.
The MSC was established in 1987 and is currently sponsored by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Census Bureau. It oversees reports on geospatial science, technology, and policy, and provides a forum for discussion among a broad range of government agencies, professional societies, private companies, and the broader scientific community.
As a committee member, Sui will travel to Washington DC for meetings twice a year to discuss emerging issues of interest to the broader geospatial community, provide feedback on MSC studies, and to plan new studies.
Sui joined the College of Geosciences in 1993 as an associate professor. He earned tenure in 1997 and was promoted to full professor in 2002.