Mr. Kenneson G. Dean
Research Professor of Remote Sensing, Emeritus
Mr. Kenneson G. Dean has served the University of Alaska Fairbanks with distinction in teaching, research and public service from 1978 to 2011.
He has been a vital member of the University's scientific community for more than three decades; and has developed tools that are now an integral part of the Alaska Volcano Observatory; and has guided the intellectual development of more than twenty graduate students through his participation on their graduate committees, and is known as an excellent mentor for staff and faculty members.
Mr. Dean is regarded as a dedicated researcher, known to work at all hours during volcanic eruptions; and is considered a major force behind the use of remote sensing in operational volcano monitoring, furthering the reputation of the Geophysical Institute and the University as world leaders in this field; and has made substantial contributions to the Puff Volcanic Ash and Dispersion model, which is used worldwide for volcanic ash cloud forecasting; and has presented his findings and analyses in more than one hundred and fifty, books, reports, articles, presentations and other publications.
Mr. Dean has been a valued servant of his profession and the University; and whose careful analysis and collegial temper have benefited a range of individuals and organizations throughout the Alaska Volcano Observatory, the Remote Sensing Group, the Geophysical Institute, and the University.
The University of Alaska Fairbanks expresses its deep appreciation to Mr. Kenneson G. Dean for his extensive contributions to both the State of Alaska and the University.