Affiliations & Designations

The Center for Geospatial Analytics is a leader in geospatial science and technology development with a holistic approach. A growing number of honors and affiliations recognize the center as a research and education pioneer.

Esri Development Center

Esri Development Center logoIn Fall 2017, Esri invited the Center for Geospatial Analytics to join an elite group of global institutions in becoming an Esri Development Center (EDC). The distinction comes with special access to ArcGIS software, developer summits and Esri personnel, and distinguishes NC State University as home to one of only a few dozen EDCs worldwide. Esri established the program to recognize “a select few leading university departments that challenge their students to develop innovative applications based upon the ArcGIS platform.” At the Center for Geospatial Analytics, that means working at the cutting edge of desktop, web and mobile deployments of Esri technology and building collaborations to continually advance the student experience.

Associate Director of Professional Education Eric Money and Research Associate Bill Slocumb are co-representatives of NC State’s EDC, serving as liaisons between Esri and the rest of the Center for Geospatial Analytics. Contact them with questions or to learn more.

EDC Student of the Year Competition

Each year, the Center for Geospatial Analytics can name an EDC Student of the Year and nominate that student for the international competition across all EDCs. The NC State award comes with a $500 prize, a certificate of award and free Esri Press book. In addition, each winner’s name will be engraved on a plaque that resides at the Center for Geospatial Analytics. Winners of the international competition receive free travel and lodging for the Esri User Conference and its associated Education Summit in San Diego, CA.

2020: Nikki Inglis

2019: Jason Matney

2018: Ashwin Shashidharan, winner of the global competition!

Nominations for the 2020 EDC Student of the Year are due April 7, 2020. NC State faculty, staff and postdoctoral scholars can nominate a student using this form. Students may also nominate themselves.

Eligibility criteria for students:

  • Enrolled in a Center for Geospatial Analytics academic program (Ph.D. in Geospatial Analytics, MGIST, Graduate Certificate in GIS) or another NC State graduate degree program with strong geospatial components
  • In good academic standing
  • Conducting research and/or project work with innovative uses of Esri technologies (can be combined with open source solutions, but at least some component should involve Esri technologies), including but not limited to:
    • WebGIS solutions
    • Backend development (e.g., tools, scripts, analysis techniques, linking open source and Esri, etc.)
    • Database innovations
    • Data collection innovations
    • Data and decision analytics

After all nominations are submitted, the winner will be selected by NC State’s EDC co-representatives. An announcement about the winner will be made by mid-April, 2020.

NGA-USGS Center for Academic Excellence

NGA-USGS logoThe National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and US Geological Survey designated NC State University, through its Center for Geospatial Analytics, a Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Geospatial Sciences in Summer 2017. The program  is “designed to cultivate centers of academic excellence in geospatial sciences, content processing, tradecraft methodologies and research and development technologies.” Benefits of the designation include access to NGA and USGS subject matter experts, networking possibilities across the intelligence community and broader opportunities to apply to internships.

Contact Associate Director of Professional Education Eric Money with questions or to learn more.

OSGeo Founding Node

OSGeo logoThe GeoForAll lab at the Center for Geospatial Analytics is one of the six founding nodes of the global GeoForAll network established by the OSGeo Foundation; the network currently includes over 100 laboratories dedicated to open principles in geospatial science, software and data. Associate Director of Geovisualization Helena Mitasova is the leader of the center’s GeoForAll lab and serves on the global GeoForAll advisory board. She and her students and postdoctoral scholars develop open geovisualization techniques such as Tangible Landscape to advance human-computer interaction and intuitive exploration of complex geospatial data and simulations. The NC State node also collaborates with several other GeoForAll labs on the development of GRASS GIS, a powerful open-source desktop geospatial platform. The center’s GeoForAll lab also develops and teaches courses on Geospatial Modeling and Tools for Open Geoscience and presents numerous workshops on GRASS GIS, Tangible Landscape and virtual environments.

UCGIS Member

UCGIS logoNC State University is a long-standing member of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science and partners with the organization to explore the future of GIS from a research and education perspective. UCGIS is a voice for the university community, and members of the Center for Geospatial Analytics have taken an active role in its leadership. Associate Directors Eric Money and Helena Mitasova are delegates to UCGIS, Faculty Fellow Laura Tateosian is a member of the Education Committee and Director Ross Meentemeyer serves on the UCGIS Board of Directors. All students at NC State are eligible for full membership benefits, including access to competitive grants, free registrations to webinars and workshops and discounted fees to the annual symposium.

URISA Education Partner

URISA logoURISA (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) is an international GIS professional organization that provides development opportunities, networking with a large community of members and access to educational resources. The organization serves as a resource for standards and procedures in the field, increases visibility within the overall community and ensures the trust and credibility of GIS professionals. URISA offers workshops, trainings and a GIS Leadership Academy as well as sponsors conferences for professional development. The Center for Geospatial Analytics is one of a handful of URISA Education Partners, in addition to a score of corporate and media partners and thousands of members. As a partner, we offer free one-year memberships for our students, with a reduced rate ($10/year) thereafter. Contact Associate Director of Professional Education Eric Money if you are interested in a student membership.