Dr. Tarek Rashed is Director of Geoinformatics. He is a geospatial information technologies research scientist with more than 23 years of experience in GIS and spatial decision making and their applications. He has a BS degree in Architecture Engineering (Assiut University, Egypt), a Masters in Computer Science (University of Manchester, UK), a Post Graduate Diploma in Disaster Management (University of Geneva, Switzerland), and a doctorate in Geography (Joint Doctoral Program of San Diego State University and University of California, Santa Barbra, USA).
Rashed has published and presented extensively. His accomplishments include a text book in remote sensing, several refereed papers in leading GIS and remote sensing journals, lead authorship of prominent GIS and remote sensing books, and manuals and technical reports presented internationally. Rashed is an experienced leader and manager, having variously served as business development consultant, technical advisor, associate director, director, and president at academic, non-for-profit, and private business organizations. He possesses international GIS and remote sensing project and technical development and management experience in Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Emirates, Qatar, Afghanistan, Croatia, UK and USA. Rashed is a former certified instructor for introductory and advanced GIS software with profound expertise in GIS education.
Rashed is a winner of numerous national and international awards including the prestigious Gilbert White Award for the best hazards dissertation from the Association of American Geographers, the Young Scholar Award from the Consortium of Geographic Information Science, and a GIS Award from the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. He also served for two years as a Secretary of the Consortium of Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and four years as a Board Director in the Central Region of the American Society for Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). He is a co-founder of the Urban Remote Sensing specialty group of the European Association of Remote Sensing Laboratories (EARSeL).