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June 26, 2014

2014 Student Recognition

Please join me in congratulating several MGIS students who received awards or completed their degrees thus far in 2014. Kathryn Purdham and Kyle Wikstrom are the recipients of 2014 ESRI User Conference Student Assistantships. 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 2014 recipient is Yiqun (Ian) Xie.

Taylor Long, MGIS program, is the graduate winner of the 2014 UMN Minnesota GIS/LIS Student Scholar Award for his GIS project, eBird Participation Mapping. Rebecca Barney, B.A. in Geography, is the undergraduate winner of the same award for her project, Creating Rebecca's Interactive Adventure Map. Both students will represent the University of Minnesota in the graduate and undergraduate student paper sessions at the Fall 2014 Minnesota GIS/LIS Annual Conference in early October!

Finally, congratulations to our recent 2014 graduates! For a detailed listing, visit the MGIS graduates page.

April 29, 2014

GISSO recognized at the 2013 Tony Diggs Awards Ceremony

GISSO-Group.jpgThe GIS Student Organization (GISSO) was nominated for the 2013 Tony Diggs Excellence Awards in the category of Outstanding Graduate or Professional Student Group of the Year. While the group did not win the top award in this category, they were recognized for their service to the University along with a field of an impressive student organizations. GISSO has sponsored and organized many GIS events and outreach efforts, their most prominent being the annual GIS Networking and Career Fair. Under the leadership of President Taylor Long and Vice President Molly McDonald this student group has provided outstanding service to the community and the University along with the support of its other dedicated officers and membership. To learn more about this outstanding student organization including becoming a member, visit the GISSO web site.

March 31, 2014

Taylor Long captures two awards in U-Spatial Mapping Prize Competition

Long_Headshot.jpgTaylor Long won two awards in the U-Spatial Mapping Prize Competition; prizes were made possible by a generous gift from U of M alumnus Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri. Taylor was awarded the "Best Cartography" prize, a $500 cash award, for his map, Madison Fork and Environs; he also won "Best Overall Submissions" for his maps, Madison Fork and Environs and e-Bird Participation in 2012, for which he was awarded an all-expense paid trip to the Esri GeoDesign Summit.

March 27, 2014

Congratulations to 2014 U-Spatial Poster Competition Winners!

GISSO-PosterComp2014.jpgCongratulations to the winners of the U-Spatial Poster Competition held at the 2014 GIS Networking and Career Fair! Tyler Kaebisch won first place for his poster LiDAR Derived Lake Boundaries. Taylor Long captured second place for eBird Participation in 2012: Citizen Science Aides Avian Research, while Ben Gosack took third place for Urban Tree Assessment for the University of Minnesota: Capturing Urban Tree Measurements from LiDAR Data. Honorable mention to MGIS students, Corey Betchwars, Teresa Lewandowski, Yiwen Li, and Joseph Mueller for their outstanding entries.

May 2, 2013

2013 Student Recognition

Congratulations to several MGIS students who received awards in 2013. Taylor Long and Gayatri Alapati are the recipients of 2013 ESRI User Conference Student Assistantships. Jessica Sweet has been awarded a 2013 ESRI Summer Internship and will work in Redlands, CA this summer. 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 2013 recipient is Cole Kelleher.

Kris Johnson, MGIS program, is the graduate winner of the 2013 UMN Minnesota GIS/LIS Student Scholar Award for his GIS project, Spatial Analysis of Bicycle-Automobile Collisions in the City of Minneapolis. Jameson Bupp, B.S. in Urban Studies, is the undergraduate winner of the same award for his project, Long Term Consequences of the Tear-Down-Rebuild Process in Urban Areas Substantiated Using GIS. Both students competed in the graduate and undergraduate student paper sessions at the Fall 2013 Minnesota GIS/LIS Annual Conference in early October where Kris won second place in the graduate student paper competition!

Matt Taraldsen received funding to participate in the SPREAD workshop in Colorado this summer, which is a multidisciplinary workshop focused on the communication of hydrometeorological hazards.

Finally, congratulations to our recent 2013 graduates! For a detailed listing, visit the MGIS graduates page.

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.

January 27, 2012

GISSO Participates in GIS Day and Hosts Career Fair

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As part of GIS Day activities at the University of Minnesota, five MGIS students, Alphonce Nicholaus, Zeb Thomas, Norine Wilczek, Lucas Winzenburg and Alex Zhang, visited the Buffalo Community Middle School on November 16th. They spent the day with Geography instructor David Casey's five classes to teach over 100 students about GIS. The student teachers talked about their backgrounds, their work in GIS, and the many possible applications of GIS. They then led a lesson in the computer lab with the students using ArcGIS online to pull in different data layers and understand what they represent. Finally, students had some fun with the web site geogreeting.com, spelling out messages from satellite images from around the globe. The day was a great success and Mr. Casey was very appreciative of the students' time and effort. This is just one example of how the GIS Student Organization is involved in GIS outreach and professional development activities.

On April 3rd, GISSO held their 11th annual GIS Career and Networking Fair and it was a great success. The goal of the event is to build a bridge between GIS students and employers around the region, granting the opportunity to network, exchange job opportunities and resumes, and share research and technologies being used in both the professional and academic worlds. Speakers included Steve Lime and Jeremy Moore from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Nathan Aamot from ESRI as well as student poster and presentation sessions. Look out for the event again in Spring 2013!

June 2, 2011

2011 MGIS Student Recognition

Congratulations to several MGIS students who were the recipients of awards in 2011. Jessica Campbell, Heather Hegi and Alphonce Nicholaus were awarded 2011 ESRI User Conference Student Assistantships. Michael Lau received an ESRI Summer Internship and will be working for the Technical Marketing unit. These awards are very competitive and securing one is a high achievement.

Each year a student is recognized as the Outstanding Student of the Year for our local ESRI Development Center. The 2011 recipient is Tony Monsour.

Our students continued to shine at the 2011 ESRI User Conference in San Diego including being recipients of Map Gallery Awards. Kody Thurnau won one of three awards given out by the Cartography Special Interest group and he took First Place in the category of Single Map Product-Large Format Press Copy for his Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bike Map.

Jessica Campbell was the recipient of the 2011 UMN Minnesota GIS/LIS Scholarship Graduate Award for her research project "Image Classification of Aquatic Emergent Vegetation Using RGB Clustering and Image Segmentation." Garrett Bing, B.S. in Geography, was the recipient of the same scholarship in the undergraduate category. Jessica went on to win second place in the Graduate Student paper competition and best poster in the poster session at the Fall 2011 Minnesota GIS/LIS Conference in early October.

Finally, congratulations to our twenty-five 2011 graduates! For a detailed listing, visit the MGIS graduates page.

September 10, 2010

2010 MGIS Student Recognition

Congratulations to a number of MGIS students who were the recipients of recent awards. Several of these were ESRI-related awards. Molly Martin and Chiu-Yi Liu were awarded 2010 ESRI User Conference Assistantships; Neha Kulkarni received a Summer 2010 Internship; and Jeremy Moore was recognized as the 2010 ESRI Development Centers Student of the Year award. Mike Foster, Brad Herried and Don Kilberg all received CAGIS Student Awards that allowed them to travel to the 2010 ESRI Conference to represent CAGIS in the exhibitor area.

Margaret Voth was the recipient of the 2010 UMN Minnesota GIS/LIS Scholarship Graduate Award for her research project "Assessing Minnesota Lake Clarity Using MODIS Imagery." Ms. Voth went on to win first place in the Graduate Student Paper Competition (cash award of $1,000) held at the October 2010 MN GIS/LIS Conference in Duluth. Colin Lee was the recipient of the same scholarship in the undergraduate category for his research on "Lidargrammetry: Reducing file sizes while retaining accuracy." Mr. Lee won second place in the Undergraduate Student Paper Competition with a cash award of $400.

Finally, congratulations to our recent graduates in December 2010: Kyle Chester, Mike Foster, Eric Hanson, Brad Herried, Tim Jacobson and Greg Schulz. For a listing of their Plan B projects, see the MGIS graduates page.