Professor Shaowen Wang was named to the 2022 Class of American Association of Geographers (AAG) Fellows, a program launched in 2018 that recognizes geographers who have made significant contributions to advancing the discipline.
Statement from AAG:
Dr. Wang coined the term cyberGIS and developed the first theoretical framework of cyberGIS, offering novel approaches to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary geospatial discovery and innovation. His work has demonstrated the value of high-performance and distributed computing for data- and computationally intensive geographic analysis. The cyberGIS software and tools created in his research have been used to make complex computational work possible by tens of thousands of researchers and educators in domains ranging from the geosciences to social sciences.
In addition to his research, he has developed online graduate certificates and MS degrees in cyberGIS and geospatial data science at UIUC and has supervised more than 30 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows in his first 16 years as a faculty member.
Dr. Wang has also deeply engaged in service across the GIScience community, including partnership with the AAG and UCGIS to conduct “summer schools” focused on developing the next generation geospatial workforce, and service to the CyberInfrastructure Specialty 8/8 Group. The AAG recognizes Dr. Shaowen Wang as an AAG Fellow for his outstanding research, mentoring, and service