GIS News 2005-06

UWM Urban Planning Department receives ESRI Special Achievement in GIS Award

2005 ESRI UC SAGAt its annual User Conference in San Diego this past July (2005), the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) named UWM’s Department of Urban Planning as a recipient of its Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) award. The SAG award ceremony was held on July 27 at the San Diego convention center and presided over by Jack Dangermond, the president and founder of ESRI.

The SAG awards are given annually to organizations who have exhibited exemplary use of ESRI’s geographic information systems software, ArcGIS. Their web site describes SAG awardees

"By embracing GIS technology, these organizations have made extraordinary contributions to our global society and set new precedents throughout the GIS community."

Recipients of the Special Achievement in GIS award are submitted by ESRI staff from thousands of organizations worldwide, then personally reviewed and selected by Jack Dangermond. Here is what ESRI said about the UWM GIS program in Urban Planning:

"The Department's interests and activities span a broad range of topics, including: GIS in transportation, public participation GIS, and building local capacity in developing nations. The faculty are highly published and have been leading participants in URISA, UCGIS and the Wisconsin Land Information Association. In addition, they are involved in programs to bring GIS skills to at-risk students in local school districts. Their work with local transit agencies and local units of government to develop a multi-modal internet trip planning capability to has helped economically challenged individuals find ways to get to places of potential employment. The Department has a strong GIS-oriented faculty that has been and continues to be at the forefront of education, outreach and research."

Receiving the award in San Diego were Professor William Huxhold and Adjunct Associate Professor Eric Fowler. Pictured below are Nick Fisher (former GIS student), Huxhold, Dangermond, Fowler, and Ann Johnson (ESRI Education Manager.)