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GAC Graduates

GAC graduates excel in the GIS industry

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Gerrit VanderWaal 

Year graduated: 2016

Gerrit graduated with a Geological Sciences major with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. He enjoys hiking, cooking, and finding new music.



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Amanda Huber

Year graduated: 2016

Amanda graduated with a BS in Geology, a Certificate Degree in GIS, and a Minor in Communications. In her free time, she greatly enjoys the outdoors, whether that be camping, fishing, hiking, or playing ultimate frisbee at a club level. Amanda loves learning more about GIS and it's infinite applications, and she has worked at the GAC since October 2016. Her previous experiences include working as a GIS Technician Intern for the City of Maple Grove and working at Caribou Coffee Co as a Barista/Supervisor. Her future goals are to some day integrate her passions for Geology and GIS together.


Kyle Seifert

Year graduated: 2016

Kyle was GIS and Urban and Regional Studies major at UMD. He loves Duluth, and particularly enjoys fishing, hiking, camping and hunting all around the north shore. Since his youth, he's always found history and the social sciences to be the most fascinating parts of his education, but also gained skills in drafting, design and computer programming, the parallels of which are found between both his majors. Kyle has worked for organizations like the City of Eden Prairie’s GIS Department and now the GAC, where he has spent two semesters.


Britta Hardel

Year graduated: 2016

Working in the Geospatial Analysis Center has been a great way to experience a wide variety of real-world applications for the skills I have learned through UMD courses. I have assisted with cartographic work for Duluth's Outdoor Recreation map, digitized building footprints for Duluth's Solar Map Project, and created maps for Professor Jennifer Jones from the data she collected at al-Lajjun, an ancient site in the country of Jordan. My favorite project has been creating maps for YMCA Camp Miller because I was able to experience the project from the ground-up and can see my personal cartographic style in the final product. This summer I will be leading a Youth Conservation Crew with the Southeast Conservation Corps and I hope to continue learning everything that I can about the many applications of GIS.


Dan Cahoun

Year graduated: 2016

I liked working at the GAC because it allowed me to work on some GIS projects that will actually be used outside of the university. It's one thing to work on GIS assignments in class, but it's another thing to see your map in use. One example is the brochure map that I made for the UMD LandLab. As of right now I am in the post-graduation job hunt. I am currently looking at several GIS Analyst positions in the government and private sectors. I feel that my experience at the GAC has helped to prepare me for my future GIS career.

Charlie Moore

Year graduated: 2014

Current position: Sr. GIS Specialist at the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission

Stephanie Gibeau

Year graduated: 2014

Current position: GIS Contractor, Rainy Lake Consulting

Sam Giebner

Year graduated: 2014

Current position: GIS Analyst at North Point Geographic Solutions