The 2002 ASPRS Fellow Award winners are CHARLES J. FINLEY
, JOHN G. LYON and MICHAEL S. RENSLOW.
CHARLES J. FINLEY
Charles J. Finley was the program manager for Earth System Sciences in the Office of Mission to Planet Earth when he retired from NASA in 1994.
Prior to that he was a program manager for seven years in the Level II Space Station Program Office in Reston, Virginia where he first managed the Engineering Master Schedule, later the integration of international elements with the main station, and finally the allocation of on-orbit spacecraft volume resources to the various international partners.
Before going to Space Station in 1987, Finley managed the Crustal Dynamics Program at NASA Headquarters.
This program was part of the Interagency Geodynamics
Program in which NASA
, together with USGS
, worked with many international partners throughout the 1980s on the study of tectonic plate motion, polar motion and earth rotation and related earthquake research.
's main contribution was in development of precise positioning instrumentation; i.e., Very Long Baseline Interferometry, Satellite and Lunar Laser Ranging, and GPS Differential Correction techniques.
Earlier in his NASA
career Finley managed the GEOS and Lageos satellite programs and worked closely with the Landsat, Seasat and Large Format Camera Programs.
Finley earned his BS in mining engineering from Penn State in 1951.
After a Korean tour as a bombardier and a radar/photo reconnaissance navigator, he attended The Ohio State University Institute of Geodesy, Photogrammetry and Cartography and received his MS in 1959.
Captain Finley was chief of the Gravity and Astronomic Survey Branch where he conducted surveys throughout South and Central America.
He also was project manager for the operational test and evaluation of the PC-1000 Photogrammetric Camera and for the APCS involvement with the Army, Navy and NASA in the first geodetic satellite program.
Following additional graduate work at Ohio State, Finley managed research and development for the Spacetrack satellite surveillance systems in the Space Defense Program Office as well as investigated the metric capabilities of the optical bar panoramic camera for mapping.
served in Southeast Asia and returned to Hanscom AFB as chief of the Plans and Programs Division for the AWACS
Program Office for the final two years of his
Air Force career.
Finley retired from the Air Force in 1976 and joined NASA as its Geodetic Program manager.
Finley joined the ASP while a student at Ohio State in 1957.
He was president of the Ohio State Geodetic Science Club in 1964 and 1965 and served as chairman of the Program Committee for the Great Lakes Region of the ASP in 1972.
He was deputy Director and director of the Primary Data Acquisition Division in 1981 and 1982 respectively.
He is currently chairman of the Platforms and Navigation Committee in that division.
He is also a member in the American Geophysical Union, the Potomac Geophysical Society and the Air Force Association.