Archaeology professor wins 2012 Presidential service award

Scott Madry, research associate professor of archaeology in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences, received a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award from the “making a difference through volunteer service.” The award is given annually to individuals, families, and groups who have demonstrated outstanding volunteer service and civic participation.

Madry was honored for his volunteer work with the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association’s GISCorps. This group provides advanced spatial information technologies, including satellite remote sensing and geographic information systems data analysis to support international disaster relief and to assist underprivileged communities around the globe. Madry participated in projects in Myanmar (Burma) for Cyclone Nargis in 2008 and in 2011 for Cyclone Yasi in Brisbane, Australia, where he helped establish a mapping capability for the Australian Red Cross Emergency Services in response to the disaster.

Madry is a specialist in the applications of space technologies for regional environmental and cultural resource management and is also a member of the faculty of the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, and manages their Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program in Adelaide, Australia. He is also the founder and president of Informatics International Inc., a consulting firm based in Chapel Hill.