December 20, 2012

An Eritrean scholar gets two international recognitions on his work in Remote Sensing

An Eritrean scholar gets two international recognitions on his work in Remote Sensing

An Eritrean scholar gets two international recognitions on his work in Remote Sensingby Prof. Dr. Embaie Ferrow | On Monday, 29 October 2012, during the biennial African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE) conference in Eljadida, Morocco, Prof. Tsehaie Woldai was honored with two awards: the AARSE-AFRICA highest Achievement Award for his work as founder, immediate past President and for turning the association into a political force shaping Africa’s Space programs.

AARSE, sine Prof. Tsehaie founded it in 1992, is a composition of over 1800 members, including 32 national associations and societies, 5 space agencies in Africa and over 200 international organizations from Asia, Australia and the America involved in satellite remote sensing and space activities. It is by far the largest association
of its kind in Africa. Its conference attracts an average of 650 participants and over 60 exhibitors and more than 20 sponsors (gold, platinum and silver).

The second award, given on the same day, was the ESRI ‘Making a Difference in Africa’ award. The ESRI award is given once a year to distinguished personalities from various continents during its user conference in San Diego, USA. The conference attracts over 15,000 participants from all over the world. This is the 26nd award in a row so far received.

A Brief Resume of Dr. T. (Tsehaie) Woldai

Dr. Tsehaie Woldai holds an MSc degree from the International Institute for Geo‐Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede, The Netherlands (1976) and a PhD degree of the Open Universit.

Tsehaie Woldai worked with the Geological Survey and the Water Resources Authority of Ethiopia including: Gulf Oil Company in Ethiopia, Leiden University and the Netherlands Institute for Higher Scientific Research (ZWO) before he joined permanently ITC as an Assistant Professor in 1982. In 1997, he was appointed to the position of Associate Professor and beginning 2008 he holds the position of Portfolio Manager for Marketing and Project Services within the Department of Earth Systems Analysis at ITC.

Dr. Tsehaie Woldai is a Fellow of the Geological Society of Africa (GSAF); Founder and the current President of the African Association of Remote Sensing of the Environment (AARSE), an Association with more than more than 1200 members in 29 African countries and around 100 institutional members representing 31 countries outside the
continent. He is also AARSE leading Official delegate to “Group on Earth Observation (GEO)”; Advisory Member for GEO task US‐09‐01a on Disasters Societal Benefit Areas; Commission VI Secretary of the International Society of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ISPRS); Evaluator of the European Union FP7 Framework Research on “Environment”; Associate Editor for African Affairs, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society Newsletter; Editorial Board
Member, International Journal of Digital Earth; Coordinator of the University Network for Disaster Risk Reduction in Africa (UNEDRA) and Guest Editor, Supplement Issue on “Remote Sensing For Africa”, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, Vol.1, 2010.

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