Program in Geography and the Geospatial Analysis Center to host GIS Fest

Nov 13, 2018

Join us for GIS Fest 2018, November 15 from 1-5 in the Kirby Ballroom

This is a very multi-disciplinary event – a perfect time to get to know more about how geospatial data is used in your field, how you can learn about spatial web services and applications, the future of the geospatial industry, drones, and more! 
Short presentations and demonstrations will cover a wide range of fields in topics such as GIS in elementary education, fighting the opioid epidemic, learning about mercury distribution in the St Louis River Estuary, and solving problems at Minnesota Housing.  Learn from UMD GIS student alumni, community partners and UMD faculty as they share their work.
  • Visit the Program in Geography table to learn about the new B.S. in GIS that launched this fall!
  • Visit the Geospatial Analysis Center table to learn how storytelling with maps, video and images is revolutionizing access to spatial information.
  • Attend the presentation by Jennifer Frisch at 1:00 to learn how she uses GIS and story maps in elementary school to engage students with their environment and biological concepts.
  • Learn how USDA uses geospatial data for critical planning in the USDA Risk Management Agency
  • Learn how GIS has given UMD graduates an edge in many fields of interest!

All UMD faculty, staff and students, as well as community members are encouraged to attend to see how GIS and spatial data is beneficial to getting jobs and solving problems in the in the region.


UMD Faculty Research

1:00 PM

Jennifer Frisch

Exploring Place with GIS Story Maps in Elementary Education

1:15 PM

George Host

Use of Drones and LiDAR in Forestry

1:30 PM

Laura Palombi

Opioid Epidemic: Exploring Spatial Data

1:45 PM

Nate Johnson

Spatial distribution of Mercury in the St Louis River Estuary

UMD GIS Alumni

2:00 PM

Kody Thurnau

Using Spatial Data at Minnesota Housing

2:15 PM

Brandon Keinath

Utility Management at Minnesota Power

2:30 PM

Molly McDonald

Interpretive and Cultural Resource Projects at The 106 Group Ltd.

2:45 PM

Jeff Bloomquist

GIS in USDA Risk Management

Special Topics

3:00 PM

Mike Koutnik

How the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Leverages GIS

3:15 PM

Laure Charleux & Ryan Bergstrom

Education Summit (GIS education in the Northland)

3:45 – 5:00 PM          Join us for a networking hour with appetizers, drinks and door prizes!


List of exhibitors:

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