Award: Will Craig Named UCGIS Fellow
William J. Craig, associate director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA), has been named a fellow of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), a consortium of more than 70 U.S. universities that focus on research and education related to geographic information systems (GIS). Craig was honored along with six other newly named fellows in a ceremony held on February 4 in Washington, D.C., as part of the UCGIS annual winter meeting. According to the organization's website, the title of Fellow is bestowed on "a geographic information scientist, engineer, or practitioner of unusual professional distinction, with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of geographic information science and technology."
Craig was one of the early pioneers in GIS as Project Director (1973-1975) and Systems Director (1974-1977) of the Minnesota Land Management Information System at the University of Minnesota. Along with CGIS (the Canadian Geographic Information System) and New York's LUNR (Land Use and Natural Resources Inventory System), MLMIS was one the world's first operational GIS. MLMIS was a research and development project, fully developed and transferred to the state of Minnesota in 1977.
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