GIS Fest at UMD

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November 8, 2018

The Geospatial Analysis Center at UMD will host GIS Fest on November 15th, 2018, from 1-5 pm in the Kirby Ballroom.

Drop in anytime between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m.

UMD students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to learn how GIS and spatial data is beneficial to getting jobs and solving problems in the region.

Talks will cover a wide range of fields including:

  • GIS in elementary education
  • Fighting the opioid epidemic
  • Learning about mercury distribution in the St Louis River Estuary
  • Solving problems at Minnesota Housing

And UMD GIS students, alumni, community partners and faculty will share their work. The event will include exhibits and short presentations from 1-4. Come learn about spatial web services and applications, the future of the geospatial industry, drones, and more! 

Exhibitors planning to be there:

Lake County, ARDC, Barr Engineering, Esri, Mn GIS/LIS Consortium, Moore Engineering, National Weather Service, NorthPoint Geographic Solutions, NRRI GIS LAB, St Louis County, UMD Geospatial Analysis Center, UMD Geography, US EPA, Antea Group, U-Spatial & UMN MGIS Program, USDA Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services, Fond du Lac Community College, USDA Farm Services Agency, NRRI Minerals, Metallurgy & Mining, Bismarck Map Company, Minnesota Power, Superior Water, Light and Power, UMD CLA, Itasca Community College

Fest Schedule

UMD Faculty Research
1:00  Jennifer Frisch - Exploring Place with GIS Story Maps in Elementary Education
1:15  George Host - Use of Drones and LiDAR in Forestry
1:30  Laura Palombi - Opioid Epidemic: Exploring Spatial Data
1:45  Nate Johnson - Spatial distribution of Mercury in the St Louis River Estuary

UMD GIS Alumni
2:00  Kody Thurnau - Using Spatial Data at Minnesota Housing
2:15  Brandon Keinath - Utility Management at Minnesota Power
2:30  Molly McDonald - Interpretive and Cultural Resource Projects at The 106 Group Ltd.
2:45  Jeff Bloomquist - GIS in USDA Risk Management

Special Topics
3:00  Mike Koutnik - How the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Leverages GIS
3:15  Laure Charleux - Education Summit (GIS education in the Northland)
3:30 – 5:00 Join us for a networking hour with appetizers, drinks and door prizes!