Thank you Chuck Meertens

Hamburger, Michael W. hamburg at
Wed Jul 8 14:21:34 UTC 2020

Another (socially distanced) toast to our friend and colleague--the heart and soul (and guiding spirit) of our geodetic community!  Chuck, we are so lucky to have you as part of our UNAVCO family for four decades!

Best wishes for a well-deserved retirement!

Michael Hamburger

P.S.  Here are a couple of snapshots from the 2015 AGU meeting where Chuck was awarded the AGU Ivan Mueller award<> (for distinguished leadership and service).  Couldn’t have gone to a better guy!

Michael Hamburger

Professor of Geophysics

Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Indiana University, Geology 415

Bloomington, IN  47405 USA

Email:   hamburg at

Phone  (812) 855-2934

Fax  (812) 855-7899

On 7/7/20, 10:15 AM, "Rebecca Bendick" <bendick at> wrote:

    Dear UNAVCO Community:

    I writing with 35 years worth of heartfelt gratitude to announce the retirement of Chuck Meertens.  Chuck has served UNAVCO in every capacity over his career, from field engineer to Director of Geodetic Data Services and —twice—president of the organization.  Without Chuck’s persistence, passion, and enthusiasm, UNAVCO would never have become a global leader in geodetic technology and scientific data handling.  On top of his scientific contributions, Chuck has also served as a generous mentor and ambassador to two generations of geodesists, pointing us all toward research advances and a stronger, more collaborative, more welcoming community every day.

    I know you will join with me in giving Chuck our thanks, and our sincere wishes for unlimited bike rides through wildflowers, ski runs in perfect powder, days of steady and true winds for perfect sailing, and plenty of time with dear friends.

    Thank you Chuck.


    Rebecca Bendick

    bendick at

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