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Ashok Wadwani Receives NCGE President’s Award
Created on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 14:58
Ashok Wadwani, President, Applied Field Data Systems, was the recipient of the NCGE President’s award at the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) National Conference held in Portland, OR, on August 6, 2011. The award was presented to him for advancing geospatial technologies in education and society around the world.
According to Joseph Kerski, President , NCGE, Ashok is a rare individual who cares about people and is passionate about geospatial education and he goes above and beyond to hire students as interns and train them in this technology to serve various markets..
“This year I am greatly honored to present the president’s award. I have been looking forward to this all year, thinking carefully – who should I give this to? After thinking about someone who goes above and beyond to make a positive difference in our world, the choice was easy: Ashok Wadwani.
I’ll tell you why I admire him so much. He is a rare individual who understands three major spheres—business, science, and education. On the business side, he is founder and president of Applied Field Data Systems Inc, a firm specializing in supplying complete mapping systems and services for GIS and related applications. He actually HIRES your students! He has over 40 years of experience in instrumentation and over the past 25 years has been extensively involved in designing and recommending GPS/GIS Mapping systems and services. He has an MBA from Northwestern University.
Ashok understands the science sphere. He understands how systems and GIS and GPS work, and the science and technologies behind them. He has a Masters degree in Physics from the University of Lucknow, India! Ashok also understands and is passionate about education. He has published articles and conducted hundreds of workshops around the world related to GPS mapping technologies and field data collection. I have been honored to teach with him in Costa Rica, Colorado, Texas, California, and many other places, and have gotten to know his entire wonderful family. Is he getting paid for any of the college board curriculum work he is doing? Is his company getting any benefit or revenue from this work? No.
His motivation is that he cares about people and he sees the importance of using geotechnology for decision making in our world. Maybe you weren’t aware of all of these things he does? That’s because he’s humbly and busily doing these things rather than blowing his own horn. I also admire Ashok because he is a squeaky wheel. He’s not afraid to tell companies that they’re not doing all they can to hire and train graduates, or tell associations that having an education committee on the books is one thing, but DOING something is much more important!
Ashok, we need more people like you to be fearless and speak up for what is right.
Ashok sent me this quote from William Arthur Ward during the AAG conference this year:
The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.
Ashok, you inspire all of us. Congratulations.”