Shashi Shekhar receives 2015 UCGIS Education Award
Dr. Shashi Shekhar, the McKnight Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and MGIS faculty member at the University of Minnesota, has received the 2015 UCGIS Education Award. Dr. Shekhar was recognized for his many contributions to GIScience education. According to the UCGIS, In 2003, Dr. Shekhar co-authored a textbook on spatial databases (Prentice Hall, 2003), which has become a GIScience classic. It transformed our view of a GIS from a static map to a spatial database, which can yield many maps customized to individual users. The highly regarded book is used to teach spatial database topics around the world. To reach GIScience students beyond the Minnesota campus, Shashi recently co-developed and co-taught a massive open online course (MOOC), titled "From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing" on Coursera. It attracted over 21,800 students from 182 countries. He's leveraged numerous service assignments and hundreds of speaking engagements to spread the word about GIScience. In his own classroom, he is an innovative teacher who engages his students with active-learning methods and original effective course design. He has mentored 75 graduate advisees, many of whom have risen to leadership roles in academia, industry, and government.