George F. Hepner is a professor of geography at The University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. His major areas of research involve land capability and use analysis using remote sensing and geographic information systems, hazard response and mitigation, and binational environmental assessment on the US/Mexico border.
Since 1986, he has worked periodically as a research fellow and consultant to the Image Processing Laboratory, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. In 1997-98, he was awarded a NASA Center of Excellence grant to establish a center in hyperspectral imagery analysis for environmental monitoring. He was the PI for the Center for the Application of Remote Sensing and GIS to Transportation Hazards at the University of Utah from 2000-2004. This project was supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. In 2003-2004, Hepner was a research associate at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he performed research on the use of geospatial analysis in mitigation and response to homeland security incidents. He is involved in research and instructional activities focused on the geography of international terrorism and domestic homeland security. Currently, he serves as the Director of the University of Utah center of the Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy, supported by U.S. EPA to perform research in the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Hepner served as national American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 2001-2002, an editor of the AGU environmental change journal, Earth Interactions, 1999-2003 and on several other professional organizational and editorial positions.