Giorgos Mountrakis, PhD
Associate Professor on GIS and Remote Sensing
Environmental Resources Engineering Department
State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Dr. Giorgos Mountrakis is Associate Professor in Environmental Resources Engineering at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maine in Spatial Information Engineering and Science (2004).
He is the Founder of the Intelligent Geocomputing Laboratory at SUNY-ESF. His areas of expertise include:
Dr. Mountrakis has been successful at securing external competitive grants from NASA, NSF, USDA Forest Service, USAID and Syracuse Center of Excellence. He has been the lead PI for approximately $1.4M in research funds, through individual and collaborative grants ($1.8M including Co-PI status). He has published in numerous journals and books and has presented his work in various national and international conferences. He is the recipient of several awards in recognition of his academic and research achievements including an award from NASA’s prestigious New Investigator Program (2008), ISPRS Excellent Reviewer Award (2012) and a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences (2004).
His teaching is innovative through student-engaging activities (e.g. incorporating inquiry-based learning) and it includes courses in Digital Image Analysis, Spatial Statistics, Remote Sensing, Surveying, GPS and Artificial Intelligence in Geography. Notable service activities include chairing an ASPRS National Committee on Academic Engagement, Guest Editorship in the October 2008 Special Issue on “Artificial Intelligence in Remote Sensing” for the Photogrammetric Eng. & Remote Sensing Journal, and his involvement in a United Nations FAO Thematic Study on Trees Outside the Forest. In 2012 he was a Keynote Speaker at the 32nd EARSEL Symposium.