Congratulations to our recent graduates and others who have changed jobs in 2014 as they establish and maintain successful careers in the GIS profession!
Gayatri Alapati (2013) currently works for General Electric Oil and Gas as a GIS programming consultant in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Patrick Baldwin (2012) is now a GIS Specialist at Flat Rock Geographics in St. Paul, MN. This GIS consulting company was founded by two MGIS grads, Blaine Hackett (2001) and Paul Wickman (2007).
Justin Bakken (2011) has been promoted to GIS Specialist at Natural Resource Group, LLC.
Corey Betchwars (2014) has been hired as a Research/GIS Analyst for the City of St. Paul's Planning and Economic Development Office.
Tom Chambers (2012) has been hired as a GIS Specialist with Goodhue County in Minnesota.
Kyle Chester (2010) has changed positions at Xcel Energy and is now a Solutions Consultant.
Tony Drollinger (2010) has the new title of Commuter Programs Specialist at Metro Transit in the Twin Cities.
Stephen Dunning (2004) has been promoted to Director of Strategy and Business Development at the Chronic Disease Research Group of the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation.
Josh Dunsmoor (2013) has taken a new position as a GIS Analyst with Steel Shire Design in Minnesota.
Keith Erickson (2012) is now a Geospatial Software Engineer with Digital Globe in Golden, Colorado.
Kim Gorman (2008) has added Program Manager to her job title of Senior Project Manager/GIS Specialist at Tetra Tech.
Ben Gosack (2014) is a GIS Analyst with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Jenny Immich (2010) completed her doctoral degree in Anthropology and is now a GIS Teaching Fellow at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Chacko Jacob (2009) has been promoted to Vice President of Global Technology and Business at Farmers Edge in Calgary, Canada.
Tim Jacobson (2010) is now a Network Engineer with Frontier Communications in Burnsville, Minnesota.
Kris Johnson (2013) and his family moved to Duluth, Minnesota where Kris works as a GIS Developer at North Point GIS.
Brad Johnston (2013) has been hired at Carver County as a GIS Specialist.
Tyler Kaebisch (2014) has been hired as the Senior Research Analysis Specialist (Remote sensing image analyst) for the Minnesota DNR's Division of Forestry in Grand Rapids.
John Koenigs (2011) is now a Help Desk Representative at Cityworks, Azteca Systems, Inc. in West Bend, Wisconsin.
Yiwen Li (2014) works as a Community GIS Research Specialist at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota.
Yuanyuan Luo (2014) is continuing to work as a Research Specialist for the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota.
Fukhrudin Maalim (2014) is a Research Analyst at the National Centre for Food Protection and Defense in St. Paul, MN.
Chris Martin (2014) has been hired as a Solutions Engineer for ESRI Professional Services in Boston, Massachusetts.
Molly Martin (2011) has been hired as the GIS Principal with St. Louis County, Minnesota.
Matt McLees (2013) now works as a Senior GIS Analyst at Scott County in Minnesota.
Mike Mommsen (2013) works for Historical Information Gatherers as a researcher and developer in Hopkins, Minnesota.
Tony Monsour (2012) now works as a GIS Analyst for Scott County along with fellow MGIS graduate, Matt McLees.
Stephen Palka (2014) was hired as a GIS Analyst with Innovate!, Inc. and will work as a contractor to the USGS and EROS Data Center.
Greg Schulz (2010) is now a GIS Developer with Target Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Prakash Singh (2011) has transitioned to a new position with Blu Homes as a Full Stack Software Engineer in San Francisco, California.
Tom Swanson (2007) has moved from New York and is now the Deputy Geographic Information Officer for Architecture and Planning at the City of Philadelphia.
Zeb Thomas (2012) has been promoted to GIS Data Systems Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Noel Peterson (2011) has been promoted to Associate Analyst at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning.
Jesse Reinhardt (2007) has been promoted to GIS Business Services Lead at the Hennepin County GIS Office.
Matt Taraldsen (2013) has been hired as a Severe Weather Research Associate at the National Weather Service Warning Decision Training Branch in Norman, Oklahoma.
Lucas Winzenburg (2013) has secured a position at the University of Minnesota working as the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Polar Geospatial Center and U-Spatial.