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GIS Day 2019


Please join us in celebrating GIS Day at Clemson University on Wednesday, November 13, 2019! This event is the culmination of the work done by faculty, researchers, and GIS professionals in the past year.

This is a great opportunity for the GIS community around Clemson to connect with fellow professionals, inspire others with their fantastic work, and pique the interest of the general public when it comes to GIS and its possible real-world applications.



GIS Day features amazing presentations from faculty and GIS professionals across the region. There will also be food and beverages, contests and prizes, and a sandbox and games for children of all ages, so bring your kids along for the fun!

We are very excited to have our keynote speakers: 
Dr. Joseph Kerski, Education Manager at Esri,

Geoff Taylor, Clemson alumni and 3D Solution Engineer at Esri



11:00am - 4:00pm Exhibitors, Contests, and Tours Begin

                            Exhibitors from Esri, Clemson Geopaths, Clemson Viz and Clemson Mappers

                          Map Gallery - vote for your favorite in 412 Cooper!

  Where in the World contest - see posters and 3D models in Cooper 4th floor
`3D Coloring, Tiger Spirit, Safety Survey, Social Media contests

11:30am - 1pm     Mapathon (Mapping for Good) with free lunch

1:15pm - 1:30pm  Opening remarks:

Dustin Atkins, Director of Clemson Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration, CCIT
Dr. Barbara Speziale, Associate Director for Academic Affairs, Watt Family Innovation Center
Chris Vinson, Head of Library Technology, Associate Librarian

1:30pm - 4:15pm  Lightning Talks

 Keynote Address: Geotechnologies: 5 Forces - 5 Trends - 5 Skills

Geoawareness, geoenablement, geotechnologies, citizen science, and storytelling are combining to bring us in the GIS community to a pivotal moment.  How can these forces, along with 5 trends in GIS, transform how our world moves into the next decade?  What 5 skills are needed for you in the GIS community to chart your own course forward?   Join Geographer Joseph Kerski for a fun and lively discussion as we reflect on the

progress the community has made and the challenges that remain through 5 forces, 5 trends,

and 5 skills.

GIS in Transportation IndustryYelena Kalashnikova, Program Manager GIS, South Carolina Department of Transportation.

Monitoring Land Disturbances Caused by Coal Mining in the Powder River Basin Using Remote Sensing, Dr. Gina Rosa Cova, Environmental Earth Sciences Researcher, NASA Ames Research Center, & Dr. Michael Carbajales-Dale, Director of Clemson Industrial Assessment Center, Clemson University

Geography + Artificial Intelligence | geoAI, Geoff Taylor, 3D Solutions Engineer, ESRI

Leveraging 3D Data and Tools for Effective Planning and Public Engagement, Providence Adu, Research Assistant, City of Charlotte/PhD Candidate, UNC Charlotte.

GIS Application for Building a Nationally Representative Forensic Taphonomy Database, Dr. Katherine E. Weisensee, Chair of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Department, Clemson University

Mapping My Career in GIS, Zemin Dhanani, GIS Specialist, ESRI

A Cool GIS in Transportation Application, Dr. Wayne Sarasua, Associate Professor, Civil Engineering, Clemson University 

Palmetto Green: A Statewide Land Use Planning Project, Dr. Daniel Hanks, Palmetto Green Fellow, Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, Clemson University

4:00pm - 4:30pm  Prize giveaway!

Photo Gallery

Event Details

Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies

412 RM Cooper Library

116 Sigma Drive

Clemson University


Lightning Talks

Map Gallery





and Awards!


Open to the public

All ages welcome!

November 13, 11am-4:30pm


Sponsors & Partners

Academic Sponsors 

Clemson Center for Geospatial Technologies

Clemson Computing and Information Technology

Clemson Graduate School Government

Clemson Libraries
Clemson Mappers
Clemson Visualization

Watt Family Innovation Center

Partner Organizations

City of Charlotte



South Carolina Department of Transportation

Special thanks to Jason Lecroy for all of his help and collaboration, as well as Ryan Donahue for his dedication. We are also specially grateful to our main sponsor this year: Graduate Student Government. Christopher Vinson, Dr. Barbara Speziale and Dustin Atkins, thank you for your leadership and support.
Our heartfelt gratitude also goes to our speakers, especially those coming from of out of town, volunteering their time and resources to make GIS Day such a special and successful event:
- Dr. Joseph Kerski, traveling from Denver, CO

- Geoff Taylor, Zemin Dhanani, and Providence Adu, based in Charlotte, NC

- Yelena Kalashnikova, traveling from SC DoT headquarters in Columbia, SC

We also want to thank everybody in CCGT, Clemson libraries, Watt, Geopaths, Clemson Viz, GSG, and CCIT who made GIS possible.

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