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Dr. Curtis Edson

Assistant Professor of Geospatial Science

Department of Economics and Geosciences

Dr. Edson (DFEG)
Contact Information

(719) 333-0926




Dr. Curtis Edson is an Assistant Professor of Geospatial Science in the Department of Economics and Geosciences. Dr. Edson is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the U.S. Army Engineer Branch. He finished his Army career teaching Geospatial Information Science at the United States Military Academy where he taught Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, Aerial Photogrammetry, Cartography, Surveying and Physical Geography. After retiring from the Army, he was an Assistant Professor of Remote Sensing and Geospatial Information Science in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University, where he taught Remote Sensing, Digital Image Processing and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Photogrammetry, and conducted forestry related research using UAS and light detection and ranging (LiDAR) and hyperspectral remote sensing.

Lieutenant Colonel Edson has operational deployment experience in Afghanistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He has served as a Chief Engineer in charge of construction operations, Geospatial/Topographic Engineer, and Combat Engineer with duty assignments throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. As an enlisted soldier, he served as a Supply Specialist for the 75th Ranger Regiment and 12th Special Forces Group.

Dr. Edson joined the faculty at the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2019, where he teaches Remote Sensing and Image Analysis, Digital Image Processing, specifically leveraging Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA), and other geospatial courses. His main research interests are leveraging RPA, LiDAR, multispectral, hyperspectral, and thermal imagery for applied forestry and natural resource management, wildlife management, geomorphology, and military related discovery.