Don Davis Jr

Professor Emeritus
Office: Retired
Phone: Retired
Email: afdd@uaa.alaska.edu


Professor Davis served on the UAA Faculty Development Grant Committee. He is also a trustee for the Sidney Henderson, Jr. Scholarship, sponsored by the Geomatics Department. He chaired the School and Community Relations Committee for the College of Career and Vocational Education (now the UAA Community and Technical College) for two years, and has also participated in CCVE In Services and Faculty Convocations and served on the UAA Nominations Committee. Within his department, Professor Davis has served as an advisor for students, team-taught the Land Surveying in Training Exam Seminar (fall semester) for three years, and developed several new courses and computer programs for the new Geomatics program. He has also secured new equipment and software for use by the department through grants and donations, and was instrumental in achieving accreditation for the Surveying and Mapping Program (now the Department of Geomatics) from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in 1995.

Professor Davis is a Regional Director and past president of the Alaska Region of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). He is a former president, vice president, and secretary of the Executive Board for the Alaska Surveying and Mapping Conference (ASMC), and former chair of the Conferences Photogrammetry Short Course Committee. He served three years as program chair of the annual ASMC in Anchorage, and was the conference chair for the 2000 ASMC.

Professor Davis has lent his expertise to mapping and software-based navigation projects for the Arctic Orienteering Club and has written a Homologation Program, complete with computer graphics for the Anchorage Nordic Ski Association. He has also been a volunteer with the KAKM fund drive and a den leader with the Boy Scouts of America. He is a musician who has played in jazz bands, marching bands, symphonic bands and orchestras, and he currently performs at services and special events at his church. His major instruments are the trumpet and the fluegelhorn.

Professor Davis has also presented a demonstration of an IMA photogrammetric stereo plotter for an elementary school from Fairbanks.


M.S. Photogrammetry, Purdue University, 1983
B.S. Surveying, Ferris State University, 1981
B.S. Applied Mathematics, Ferris State University, 1981

Teaching Responsibilities

GEO 167 Remote Sensing & Image Analysis
GEO 257 Elements of Photogrammetry
GEO 358 Programming for Digital Cartography
GEO 359 Geodesy & Map Projections
GEO 365 Geomatic Adjustment & Analysis
GEO 459 Geodetic Geomatics
GEO 467 Analytical & Digital Photogrammetry

Professional and Departmental Service

  • UAA Faculty Development Grant Committee
  • Sidney Henderson Jr. Scholarship Trustee
  • School & Community Relations Committee for the College of Career & Vocational Education (now UAA Community & Technical College)
  • CCVE Inservices & Faculty Convocations
  • UAA Nominations Committee

Professional Society Memberships

  • The American Society of Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
  • The Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS)
  • Lambda Sigma, a Surveying Honor Society (Purdue University Chapter)

Research Interests

Project     Sponsor
Mapping & Software-based navigation  Arctic Orienteering Club
Homologation Program complete with computer graphics  Anchorage Nordic Ski Association