Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis
Dr. Tarek Rashed is the Director of Geoinformatics at the Polis Center, IUPUI. He is a Geospatial Information Technologies Research Scientist with over 24 years of experience in GIS and spatial decision making and their applications. He has a BS in Architecture Engineering (Assiut University, Egypt), a Masters in Computer Science (University of Manchester, UK), a Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management (University of Geneva, Switzerland)and a doctorate in Geography (Joint Doctoral Program of San Diego State University and University of California, Santa Barbra, USA).
Rashed has published and presented extensively; accomplishments include a text book in remote sensing, several refereed papers in leading GIS and remote sensing journals and chapters in and lead authorship of prominent GIS and remote sensing books, and manuals and technical reports presented internationally. Rashed is an experienced leader and manager having variously served as Business Development Consultant, Technical Advisor, Associate Director, Director, and President at academic, non-for-profit, and private business organizations. He possess international GIS and remote sensing project and technical development and management experience in Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Emirates, Qatar, Afghanistan, Croatia, UK and USA. Former certified instructor for introductory and advanced GIS software with profound expertise in GIS education.
Rashed has received numerous national and international awards including the prestigious Gilbert White Award for the best hazards dissertation from the Association of American Geographers, Young Scholar Award from the Consortium of Geographic Information Science, and a GIS Award from the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. He also served for 2 years as a Secretary of the Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and for 4 years as a Board Director in the Central Region of the American Society for Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). He is a co-founder of the Urban Remote Sensing specialty group of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL). Rashed holds professional membership in several professional and scientific organizations.