Ryan Sheridan Winner of Wolf Scholarship

The Wolf Scholarship is offered through the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) – a professional society devoted to photogrammetry, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), and other geospatial technologies. The scholarship was created to “… encourage and commend college students who display exceptional interest, desire, ability, and aptitude to enter the profession of teaching surveying, mapping, or photogrammetry.”

Ryan said “The Wolf Scholarship was a good fit for me because of my desire to teach remote sensing and GIS at the college level. I first realized my desire to teach when I was assigned as a  teaching assistant (TA) for Dr. Popescu’s Aerial Photograph Interpretation class in the fall of 2009, when I started working toward my Masters degree”.  Since that time Ryan has continued to TA during his masters and, more recently during his PhD work.  He was a TA in a number of Dr. Popescu’s classes including an introduction to remote sensing, and his recently combined aerial photograph interpretation and introduction to remote sensing class – Remote Sensing of the Environment. This semester he is presently a TA Dr. Wu’s Landscape Ecology and Modeling course. Along with a desire to teach, Ryan is also finding the principles and theories behind teaching very interesting. In an effort to advance his understanding of teaching concepts, he participated in a course entitled College Teaching. The course, offered through the department of Educational Administration, provided an excellent introduction to teaching and learning theories, as well as teaching methods designed for higher education.

Ryan came to Texas A&M after finishing his undergraduate degree in Forest Resource Management at the University of Idaho, where he also received a GIS certificate. Ryan was introduced to remote sensing through a required aerial photography interpretation class, and upon its completion enrolled in almost every GIS and Remote Sensing class offered by the Forestry and Geography Departments. The summer prior to his final year at the University of Idaho Ryan was selected for the NASA Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP), and spent the summer working at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Ryan's current research focuses on obtaining forest measurements using airborne and terrestrial lidar systems. Other areas of interest for Ryan include: spaceborne lidar systems, multispectral remote sensing, hyperspectral remote sensing, statistics, and programming.