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Alex Yoshizumi Is NC State’s 2023 Esri Innovation Program Student of the Year

Alex Yoshizumi
Alex Yoshizumi

NC State University and the Center for Geospatial Analytics are proud to name Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. candidate Alexander Yoshizumi as our 2023 Esri Innovation Program Student of the Year!

Yoshizumi’s collaborative work with the National Park Service, Veteran Fire Crews and NC State researchers resulted in a powerful StoryMap to shed light on the many stories of veterans in fire management. His work demonstrates the power of StoryMaps to cohesively tell a story through text, maps and other visualizations, and the product he created will continue to lead to further collaboration and storytelling.

The Esri Innovation Program (EIP) was established by Esri, the world’s top commercial GIS software company, to “cultivate innovation in GIS research and promote teaching excellence in spatial data science and analytics and GIScience in higher education institutions.” The Center for Geospatial Analytics was invited by Esri to join the program in Fall 2017. Each EIP institution worldwide can honor one student each year who has shown exemplary work in the area of GIS development and application.

The award comes with a $500 prize, a certificate of award and free Esri Press book. In addition, Yoshizumi’s name will be engraved on a plaque that resides at the Center for Geospatial Analytics, and he will be entered into the pool of all EIP student winners worldwide, from which one winner will be selected.

Yoshizumi enrolled in the Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. program in 2019 and is advised by faculty fellow Jelena Vukomanovic.

Congratulations, Alex, on your achievement!