Professor Chris Lee to Retire this Semester

Photo of Professor Chris LeeDr. Christopher Lee, Professor in the Department of Geography, will retire at the end of the fall semester after nearly 30 years of service. Chris has been a highly regarded member of our department and is credited with growing our remote sensing program from the ground up and leading the charge to stay current with this rapidly-evolving subfield of the geospatial sciences.  During his tenure he has secured multiple federal grants and awards to fund student research initiatives (including multi-year projects on the Pacific island of Rapa Nui and the Hawaiian islands), developed and taught a variety of remote sensing courses, initiated our UAV program, supervised MA and MS students, and mentored faculty colleagues, just to name a few accomplishments. His research interests broadly include remote sensing, physical geography, and applications of geospatial techniques to core problems such as emergency management, geospatial workforce development, landscape and terrain analysis, and national intelligence.

Professor Lee’s short-term retirement goals include relocating to his family home in Sedona, Arizona in the spring of 2020. Although he will be missed by our department, he has promised to stay in touch and perhaps drop in occasionally to share his knowledge and experience with future students.  We’re going to hold you to that, Chris!