Professor Ulf Runesson is a technophile who cares passionately about the application of knowledge about the physical world and our place in it.
He is an expert in Geomatics – the science and technology of gathering, analyzing, interpreting, distributing, and using geographic information. And one of his colleagues in the Faculty of Forestry and the Forest Environment, Ken Brown, believes he is worthy of the Lakehead University honor for this international work alone!
“In 1993, Runesson designed and installed a completely functional, ‘turn-key’ GIS/GPS/remote sensing laboratory on the campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi (KNUST), Ghana, West Africa,” says Ken Brown. “Beginning in 1994, and continuing for a decade, Runesson led a series of training courses in Ghana that were designed to provide Ghanaian forestry faulty, forestry practitioners, and others including civil engineers and geographers with the technical skills and knowledge needed to apply these new technologies to Ghanaian problems.”
One graduate student describes Runesson’s impact on her in an eloquent letter that now graces the front of his teaching portfolio:
“Thank you for being an effective, supportive, and accessible thesis advisor. I’m proud of what I accomplished under your tutelage, and I attribute it largely to your ability to raise the personal and professional standards of those around you merely by being you – capable, tirelessly positive, an intelligence with energy.”
Ulf Runneson's expertise, along with his commitment to student-centred learning and his deep concern for the ethics of his profession, makes him a truly worthy recipient of the Lakehead University 2006 Distinguished Instructor Award.