Outstanding Technical Achievement Award


The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) through the ASPRS Foundation is pleased to offer the annual Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (OTAA). The purpose of this Award is to recognize developers of specific breakthrough technology which causes major advances in the practice of photogrammetry, remote sensing or geographic information systems in the United States. The Awards Committee is a panel of judges composed of the ASPRS President and the Directors of the technical Divisions of ASPRS. They will convene to evaluate each achievement for its economic and scientific impact to the profession. Practicality is the essence of the Award and nominees will be considered by the Committee with respect to the following submittals:

  • An outstanding invention or design involving any type of equipment that applies to photogrammetry, remote sensing or geographic information management or,
  • Any outstanding method developed for the use of photogrammetry, remote sensing or geographic information.

The OTA Award consists of a silver presentation plaque mounted on a walnut wood panel, plus a cash award of $5,500. The presentation of the Award will take place during the annual (spring) ASPRS Conference.

The OTAA Committee wishes to solicit nominations from the general membership of ASPRS. The Award is made solely to an individual or plurality of individuals jointly. The Award is not made to organizations such as companies, agencies, bureaus or associations. However, their personnel are eligible as individuals to receive the Award.

General Criteria

  • Nominations must be submitted to the ASPRS OTAA Committee no later than November 5th to be considered for the award.
  • Self-nominations are allowed, but must be accompanied by a seconding or supporting letter from an individual knowledgeable of subject area.
  • Nominations must show specific breakthrough technology which causes major advances in the practice of photogrammetry, remote sensing or geographic information systems in the United States.
  • The achievement must be recent, but need not occur within the year prior to the award as it is recognized that the significance of critical contributions may not immediately become evident.

Rating Guideline for Judging
30% Practicality (overall effectiveness)
25% Economic Impact (results in measurable efficiencies)
20% Scientific Impact (advances the science of photogrammetry, remote sensing or GIS)
15% Originality (one of a kind)
5% General Interest (will be used extensively)
5% Overall Presentation (elegance of the design)

Submission GuidelinesThe nominee submission must include the following:

  • Name, address, phone and email address of nominee
  • Executive summary in 250 words or less describing the invention or method
  • Description of invention or method not more than four pages, addressing the rating guidelines outlined above and describing in 1500 words or less what makes this invention or method unique, practicable and worthy of recognition. Graphics, photos and tables may also be used.
  • Supporting letter from individual knowledgeable of subject area, if self-nomination.

Submittal Instructions
Send all applications to:
Attention: OTAA
5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 210
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-2160


  • All submittals must be received by November 5th.
  • Award winner determined by the Committee by January 16th, 2015
  • Award winner announced by February 28th
  • Award presented at the ASPRS Annual (Spring) Conference

Contact ASPRS President Stuart Walker (stewart.walker2@baesystems.com)