Dr. Eric Anderson was a research scientist and executive with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for 35 years and now serves as Affiliate Faculty in the College of Charleston, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences.
Dr. Anderson was a founding editor of the International Journal of Geographical Information Systems. He is a Past President of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping and of CaGIS, served on the US National Committee for the International Cartographic Association (ICA), and was the Director of Auto-Carto 9. For 11 years, he served as an adjunct professor of geography at George Mason University, teaching a graduate course in geographical information systems.
Dr. Anderson was also involved in founding the International Steering Committee for the Global Map with Dr. Jack Estes of UC Santa Barbara. He took part in the early meetings that led to the creation of NSDI and GSDI. In addition, he served as Chair of the ICA’s Advanced Technology Commission during a period of rapid technological change.
Prior to joining the USGS, Dr. Anderson was a research fellow with the Department of Geography at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. At the USGS, he worked in digital cartography, geographic research, and the development and applications of geographical information systems.
He was an integral part of the USGS transition to digital technology and was deeply involved in the conversion of the USGS 1:100,000 series into the Census Tiger files for the 1990 census. He also served as Chief of the Eastern Region of the USGS National Mapping Division. During his career with the USGS, he received meritorious and distinguished service awards from the U.S. Department of the Interior.