He is the Leica Chair in Geospatial Imaging and a University Professor in Geosciences, Anthropology and Environmental Dynamics at the University of Arkansas. He was the founding director of the University’s Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies and served in that role from 1991 to 2009. He was a founder and served on the Board of the Open Geospatial Consortium, as well as the Intergraph Geospatial Executive’s Board, AmericaView, SPOT Image Academic Advisory Board, The OGC Interoperability Institute, the National Consortium for Rural Geospatial Innovations Board, and Oracle North America Users Forum. He was appointed by Governor Tucker to the Arkansas Mapping and Land Records Modernization Board and by Governor Huckabee to the Arkansas State Land Information Board. He is co-author of two legislative acts. In 2010 he was elected President of the Society for American Archaeology, the Americas’ largest scholarly archeological organization. He previously served as Treasurer of the Society and served on the Board of the Foundation for American Archaeology and the University Consortium for Preservation Technology.
Dr. Limp is the recipient of the University of Arkansas’ Distinguished Alumni Faculty Research and Service Award, the GAIA Award, William Fulbright College’s Master Researcher Award, and is the recipient of the Arkansas GIS Users Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
He has written/edited/co-edited nine books and more than 250 articles and served as PI or Co-PI on more than $35M in grants and contracts from sources such as NSF, NASA, DoD, EPA, Mellon Foundation and many others. His most recent research involves the application of computational geomatics to the measurement and visualization of the world’s heritage – including projects in Bolivia, Peru, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Italy and China as well as many locations in the US. Limp has served as a contributing editor for GeoWorld magazine, a member of the Editorial Board and contributor to Earth Imaging Magazine and he writes and lectures extensively on spatial technology and geomatics. Articles on his work have been featured in the popular press including USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Omni, New Scientist, Americas, The Economist, Delta Sky, ComputerWorld, eWeek, InformationWeek as well as in National Geographic books, and on US National Public Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and German Public Television.
He is active in the K-12 education arena as well. He was a founding partner in the innovative EAST Project that now involves more than 200 high and middle schools around the United States with more than 12,000 student participants and he has served on the EAST Board.
Limp received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1983. He served in the US Air Force from 1966 to 1970 including service overseas in North Africa. Limp and his wife, Elaine Williams, have two children, Jason of Seattle, WA and Kelley of Park City, UT.