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August 29, 2012

2012 MGIS Graduate Job Changes and Hires

Justin Bakken (2011) is an Associate GIS Consultant with the Natural Resource Group, LLC.

Ben Butzow (2012) has moved to MnDOT's Waters Edge facility and is now a GIS Specialist with the GIS Support Group.

Tom Chambers (2012) is a GIS Consultant with Real Estate Mapping and Data, LLC.

Brian Fischer (2001) was promoted to a Principal and GIS Project Manager at Houston Engineering Inc. in Maple Grove, Minnesota.

Mike Foster (2010) now works as a GIS Specialist with URS Corporation in downtown Minneapolis.

Jason Gottfried (2011) is a Multi-Modal Transportation Planner/GIS Specialist with the St. Cloud Area Planning Organization.

Blaine Hackett (2001) along with Paul Wickman (2007) have joined forces and established a GIS consulting company, Flat Rock Geographics, in Minneapolis.

Jacque Hamilton (2007) is now a Geologic Information Specialist at the Minnesota Geological Survey.

Craig Hanson (2012) has moved to Williston, North Dakota where he is working as a GIS Specialist with AE2S.

Mike Kasel (2009) now works as a Senior GIS Analyst with Explore Information Services in Eagan, Minnesota.

Erin Kees (2008) has moved back to the Twin Cities and works for Xcel Energy as a Supervisor for the Ancillary Programs group.

Cole Kelleher (2012) is a Cartographer and Support Coordinator at the Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota and makes frequent trips to Antarctica.

Michael Lau (2012) is a 3D Product Engineer with ESRI in Redlands, California.

Matt Lindholm (2011) was recently hired by the Natural Resource Group, LLC as an Associate GIS Consultant.

Jason Menard (2007) has moved back to Minnesota and is now the GIS Instructional Technologist at Saint Olaf College in Northfield.

Tony Monsour (2012) works for Eastview Geospatial as a GIS Developer. More recently, he is the Vice President at Elevated GIS Solutions.

Andres Munoz (2008), after many successful years working for ESRI as a Solutions Engineer, will be returning to Colombia to begin his own consulting company.

Sean O'Brien (2012) is a GIS Technician with Houston Engineering.

Shane Pittman (2003) has been promoted to Supervisor of Spatial Data at Port Metro Vancouver.

Sathyan Srinivasan (2000) now works as the Senior Program Manager at Intel Corporation in Portland, Oregon.

Zach Tagar (2012) was hired as a GIS Research Analyst at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Zeb Thomas (2012) is now a GIS Data Analyst at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Kody Thurnau (2011) is back in the Twin Cities where he is a GIS Specialist at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy.

Norine Wilczek (2012) works as a GIS Specialist at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

2012 Student Recognition

Congratulations to several MGIS students who were the recipients of awards in 2012. Lucas Winzenburg was awarded a 2012 ESRI User Conference Student Assistantship. These awards are very competitive and securing one is a high achievement. Each year a UMN student is recognized as the Outstanding Student of the Year for our local ESRI Development Center. The 2012 recipient was Michael Lau.

Matthew Taraldsen, MGIS program, was the recipient of the 2012 UMN Minnesota GIS/LIS Scholarship Graduate Award for his research project "Use of GIS in the Climatology of Snow-to-liquid Equivalent Ratio in Minnesota." Kate Geraets, B.S. in Urban Studies, was the recipient of the same scholarship in the undergraduate category for her project "Impact of Vacant Parcels or Properties in North Minneapolis-Hawthorne Neighborhood."

Finally, congratulations to our nineteen 2012 graduates! For a detailed listing, visit the MGIS graduates page.