Scott Madry


Professor, Author, Remote Sensing Specialist

Dr. Scott Madry is a professor emeritus the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. He was a long-time member of the faculty. Including being at the founding ISU conference in 1987, and he has served as faculty in over 35 ISU programs around the world, and as the program director of the ISU Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program for four years in Adelaide, Australia. He is currently a Research Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in the applications of geomatics technologies for regional environmental and cultural research. He is also the founder and President of Informatics International, Inc., a global geospatial services company. In 2020 he was elected a corresponding member of the International Academy of Astronautics.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 1986 and then worked for 3 years at the Institute for Technology Development, Space Remote Sensing Center at the NASA Stennis Space Center, where he was very involved in the early GRASS GIS community, delivering the software and holding one of the annual user conferences. He then took the position of Senior Associate Director of the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis at Rutgers University, where he taught for 9 years in the Anthropology, Geography, and Natural Resources departments.  

He is widely published, is the author of nine books and over 75 articles and papers, and was an editor for the 1,300 page, two-volume Handbook of Satellite Applications for Springer Press which has had over 400,00 downloads. He was also the associate editor for the two-volume Handbook of Small Satellites for Springer Press. His books can be found on his UNC website:


He is a three-time Fulbright Scholar, having taught in France and twice in South Africa, in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Continuing his work there, he was a visiting lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s SpaceLab program for four years. He has conducted field research in North America, Europe, and Africa, and has given over 200 short courses and seminars in over 30 countries on six continents around the world. He has consulted for numerous governments, corporations and non-profits, and has received over US$7.5 million in grants and contracts. Dr. Madry has acted as a consultant on satellite remote sensing for a major Hollywood film, and has been a consultant for major museum exhibitions on the subject. Some of his research was featured in the McGraw Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology in 1991. In 1997 he was awarded the Russian Tsiolkovsky Gold Medal for his international research and teaching activities. He has conducted field research in the Burgundy region of France for some 45 years. He is very active in the American Red Cross Disaster Services and has won several awards for his activities on behalf of the Red Cross. In 2012 he was awarded, along with the other members of the GISCorps, the President’s Volunteer Service Award by President Barak Obama for his work in applying


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