Hosted jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of
FHSS, the BYU Center for Remote Sensing (CERS) will coordinate research
and academic activities across multiple colleges and departments.
CERS Organization Chart
Center Management Model
The Center will be headded by a Director who will have the authority
of a department chair to make policy and conduct Center business.
He will be assisted by an Associate Directory, astaff administrative
assistant, student secretaries, and a computer hardware-software
specialist. The Director will report to the Agent Dean and governing
The Deans of the two colleges will rotate the job of Agent Dean
for the center at the pleasure of the Office of the Academic Vice
President. This Agent Dean would be the point of contact between
the administration and the Center. Resources would be requested
through the Agent Dean. Routine items normally requiring College
approval would be addressed and approved by the Agent Dean. In the
absence of the Agent Dean, the other Dean has the authority to conduct
all the business of the center with the administration.
The Center will be governed by a representative of the Academic
VP and the Deans of FHSS and Engineering who will, in turn, involve
Department Chairs and Program Directors as appropriate. Most issues
will be resolved by the two Deans without appeal to the representative
of VP, and such will be operating policy of the Center. Governing
council meetings can be conducted without the presence of the VP's
representative, as long as they are informed. The Director of the
Center sits on the governing council, and may invite other center
members to attend. Meetings of the Governing Council will be held
at least a year.
The Director and Associate Director are nominated by the Governing
Council. The duties of the director and associate director are presented
with the descriptions of the other Center staff. When he is not
there, the Associate Director assumes most of his responsibilities.
The Associate Director also functions as the academic program coordinator.
Review Process and Metrics
Periodic internal reviews will be conducted to review and evaluate
the status of the Center. Annual reviews will be presented to the
Deans of the Colleges of EngTech and FHSS. A formal review with
the Office of the Academic Vice President will be conducted in the
fourth year in order to determine the continuation of the Center.
The key goals of the Center are:
- Enhance the academic experience for students through research
- Enhance the reputation and visibility of BYU through a) increased
high quality research in a highly visible research area, b) well-educated,
highly capable students who will rise to positions of responsibility
and visibility, and c) an innovative academic program in an emerging
- Expand interdisciplinary research opportunities for faculty
and students in remote sensing and their applied sciences.
- Facilitate recruitment of top-level faculty in Geography and
in the Earth Sciences.
- Expand the base of support for the Center and the University
by industry, business, and government.
- Enhance the academic experience for students through creation
of a new interdisciplinary Master's degree Option/Certificate
program in Remote Sensing and improved interdisciplinary course
offerings in remote sensing and Earth sciences.
The following are the metrics or measures to be used in reviewing
the status of the Center. These metrics address key elements of
- Goal: Enhanced student academic experience.
The primary metrics for evaluating student enhancement are:
1) student involvement in research 2) student publications and
3) the Certificate program (discussed separately below). The
following lists the metrics for evaluation.
- Students involved in funded and unfunded research projects
- Students with fellowships
- Student publications
- Student participation in conferences, workshops, and national
- Involvement of both graduate and undergraduate students
- Goal: Enhanced reputation and visibility of BYU.
Key factors in improving BYU's reputation include publication;
public outreach; faculty and student participation in national
and international organizations, conferences and science teams.
Public outreach activities include maintenance of a Center web
site, publication of a newsletter, organization of symposia
and workshops. Graduating students will be tracked to evaluate
their success in their professions and careers.
- Goal: Enhanced interdisciplinary research.
Metrics for evaluating enhanced interdisciplinary research
are the number of proposals and publications crossing disciplinary
and departmental boundaries, increasing faculty involvement
in Center research, the involvement of additional laboratories
and research groups with the Center, increased external funding,
and supportive documentation from multiple departments and colleges.
- Goal: Facilitating faculty recruitment.
Noting faculty hiring is a departmental decision, the metric
for this goal will be in demonstrating a supportive role in
faculty requirement and in assisting departments in recruiting
faculty where the Center can be a recruiting aid.
- Goal: Expand the base of support for the University.
By increasing the pool of organizations faculty propose to
and/or collaborate and cooperate with in research, public service,
publication and other activities, and by otherwise enhancing
BYU's reputation, the support base for the University can be
expanded. Further, by placing highly-qualified students in key
positions in industry and government, these organizations can
be come benefactors to BYU and the Church. BYU-sponsored workshops
and symposia will also play a role. Metrics for these activities
will be based on the breadth of publication, proposal organizations,
workshops, and student placement.
- Goal: An approved Certificate Program in Remote Sensing.
The obvious metric for this goal is successful approval and
implementation of the Certificate program. However, the precise
form for completion of this goal is subject to changing University
policies and timetables and may require revision of this metric.