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Caputo receives award for Scientific and Technological Achievement

Published July 30, 2007

Raymond G. Caputo recently received the 2006 Director’s Award for Scientific and Technological Achievement from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Topographic Engineering Center (TEC) Alexandria, Va.

Caputo was cited for his leadership in directing the Army GeoPDF effort resulting in the development of better maps with a relatively small file size, and the improved usability of digital maps through ensuring greater accessibility Army users. His work has not only led to improving the Army’s geospatial support, but has improved usability of maps worldwide.

Caputo is a geographer in TEC’s Geospatial Information Imagery and Requirements Branch’s Operations Division. The branch is responsible for identifying, reviewing, analyzing, evaluating, and designing the Geospatial Information and Imagery requirements for the Army.

Prior to joining TEC, Caputo served in private industry positions supporting the Department of Justice Civil Rights Geographic Information System (GIS); Project Manager for GIS Mapping for the Immigration and Naturalization Service/Border Patrol Remote Video Surveillance mapping initiative; Database Administrator for the custom-written Revenue Management System and MicroStation Interface for the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority; Supervisor of the Mapping Department and GIS Manager for the City of Manassas, Va.; and as a Photogrammetrist with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Caputo earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from the State University of New York College at Oneonta. He is a contributor to GeoWorld Magazine and Military Geospatial Technology.

The ERDC is the premier research and development facility for the Corps of Engineers. It consists of seven laboratories at four geographical sites, with more than 2,000 employees, $1.2 billion in facilities, and an annual research program approaching $700 million. It conducts research in both military and civil works mission areas for the Department of Defense and the nation.

Release no. 07-008