Jack Dangermond is the founder and president of Esri, the world's fourth largest privately held software company. Founded in 1969, Esri is recognized as the technical and market leader in Geographic Information Systems technology (GIS), with a GIS software installation base of one million users in 300,000 organizations in 200 countries. He has authored hundreds of papers on GIS technology in diverse fields, is a member of many professional organizations, and has served on advisory committees for NASA, NGAC, NCGIA, NACEPT, EPA, NSF, and NAS. His work has been recognized by a dozen honorary doctorates, and by numerous awards and medals, including from the UN Environment Program, the US Dept. of State, USGS, AAG, AGS, URISA, ASLA, ASPRS, and ISPRS. Mr. Dangermond has an M.S. in Landscape Architecture from Harvard, an M.S. in Urban Planning from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona.