Dr. Qassim Abdullah is an accomplished scientist and thought leader with more than 40 years of combined industrial, research and development, and academic experience in analytical photogrammetry, digital remote sensing, and civil and surveying engineering. His current responsibilities include designing and managing strategic programs to develop and implement new remote sensing technologies focused on meeting the evolving needs of geospatial users. Currently, Dr. Abdullah is the Chief Scientist for Woolpert Geospatial Services. In addition, Dr. Abdullah serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and at Penn State. Dr. Abdullah and a member of the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP).
Dr. Abdullah obtained his doctorate degree in photogrammetry from the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Abdullah publishes a monthly column “Mapping Matters”, in the ASPRS journal PE&RS. Dr. Abdullah is a Fellow with the ASPRS and the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the Life Time Achievement Award, the Photogrammetric Fairchild award, the ASPRS Outstanding Service award, the ASPRS Presidential Citation award in recognition to his contributions in co-authoring the new “Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geospatial Data”, and the ASPRS Outstanding Workshop Instructor award. Dr. Abdullah is a certified photogrammetrist by ASPRS and licensed professional surveyor and mapper with the states of Florida, Oregon, Virginia, and South Carolina. He is also a certified thermographer by the FLIR Infrared Training Center and a Certified GEOINT Professional in Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis (CGP-R) by the USGIF.