Dangermond earned his M.Arch degree from the University of Minnesota in 1968, with a focus on landscape architecture and urban planning. In 2008, he was presented an Honorary Doctor of Science degree for his pioneering geographic information system (GIS) research and work.
Esri was founded in 1969 by Dangermond, and his wife Laura, as a small research group in Redlands, CA, focused on land use planning and decision-making. Today, Esri is a software giant, providing research and tools that are instrumental in the diverse work of their over 350,000 client's world-wide. From distribution routes and surveying, to hurricane response management and cancer risk analysis, Esri technology is a staple for public entities and private companies around the globe. This spring Fast Company magazine named it one of the World's 50 Most Innovative Companies in healthcare for jump-starting "geo-medicine" with maps revealing health risks by location and redefining the notion of a medical history.
Dangermond is invited to campus as the first Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Institute on the Environment (IonE). Sponsored jointly by IonE and the College of Design, the lecture is free and open to the public, however, pre-registration is required.
To register, or for more information on the event, visit z.umn.edu/dangermond.
More on Jack Dangermond, including a recent New York Times feature, can be found at z.umn.edu/esri.
UPDATED (4/12/2012): Photos from the event are available here.