Jeff Dawley (’07 B.A. geography) was honored with the college’s Recent Alumni Award. After graduating from Virginia Tech, Dawley went on to earn a master’s in geographic and cartographic sciences and a graduate certificate in geographic information systems from George Mason University. Since 2012, he has taught Introduction to Geospatial Technology as an adjunct professor at Northern Virginia Community College.

Dawley is the team lead for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Account within the Intelligence Industry at Esri — a worldwide leader in geographic information systems. Jeff has developed unique skill sets to understand geospatial technologies, align that technology to meet customer requirements and expectations, and develop cost-effective and sustainable geospatial solutions that best support mission operations to ensure longer term programmatic success.

Dawley has served Virginia Tech as a member of the CNRE Alumni Board of Directors (2009-15), finishing his term as president; as a guest lecturer for the geography department; and by attending as many Hokie football games as possible.

“I am both honored and humbled to accept this award,” Dawley said. “To be in the presence of these amazing Hokies at the College of Natural Resources and Environment — it is truly inspiring to see how the college has grown in the past 15 years. Thank you very much to the Virginia Tech Alumni Association and to the college and the Department of Geography.”