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NMSU professor receives lifetime achievement award

After 25 years as a professor of geography at New Mexico State University and 35 years in the industry, Michael DeMers recently received the Wheeler Peak Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018.


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NMSU geography professor Michael DeMers was awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Mexico Geographic Information Council President Leland Price. (Courtesy photo)

The award, given by the New Mexico Geographic Information Council at the annual spring meeting in Albuquerque, honors individuals who have “served the geospatial community and the State of New Mexico to a degree well above and beyond the line of duty,” according to Leland Pierce, president of the organization.

“I am so appreciative of this particular award because it comes from my peers in the state of New Mexico,” DeMers said. “It is always nice to know that a lifetime of hard work has some lasting value. One really nice feature of this award is that I received it in front of several of my past NMSU students, fellow researchers, and colleagues.”

DeMers also won the 2010 Anderson Medal of Honor in Applied Geography, the highest award given by the Applied Geography Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.

DeMers has published more than 75 research articles and six texts on geographic information systems two of which have been translated into Russian, Simple Chinese and Arabic. His current applied research focuses on GIS institutional design, GIS for water resources analysis and species range expansion models.

His theoretical research includes geospatial thinking, geospatial information theory, and serious geogames for learning. He has consulted with Los Alamos National Labs to develop curricular materials to train nuclear power plant inspectors in virtual worlds.