Dr. Melissa Tolene Rura

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Dr. Melissa J. (Tolene) Rura is the Book Review Editor for Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing (PE & RS) and is presently co-editing The Glossary of Mapping Science for American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). She was the recipient of the Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation Scholarship for Service from the Department of Defense. Her research interests include image analysis, photogrammetry, geographic information science and spatial statistics.


University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas, United States
PhD, 2010
GIScience / Spatial Statistics
2006 To 2010
Dissertation: Eigenvector spatial filtering for image analysis: an efficient algorithm.
Advisor: Dr. Dan Griffith / Dr. Denis Dean

Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Master of Science, 2004
Civil Engineering / Geomatics
2003 To 2004
Advisor: Dr. Edward Mikhail

Murray State University
Murray, Kentucky, United States
Bachelor of Science, 2000
Mathematics / Geography
1996 To 2000
Advisor: Dr. Renee Fister / Dr. Tom Kind

Job History

Program Coordinator
Memphis, TN, United States
January 2012 - present

Research Analyst
Ann Arbor, MI, United States
August 2011 - November 2011

Fellow for NGA
August 2007 - December 2009

Research Assistant
Richardson, TX, United States
August 2006 - August 2007

Teaching Assistant Surveying
West Lafayette, IN, United States
August 2003 - December 2004

Smolensk, Russian Federation
January 2002 - December 2002

Research Assistant
Murray, KY, United States
August 2001 - December 2001

Munich, Germany
January 2001 - July 2001

Munich, Germany
July 2000 - July 2001