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Congrats to Our May 2023 Graduates!

NC State graduation

At May graduation, NC State will award four doctorates, 23 professional master’s (MGIST) degrees and 23 graduate certificates to members of the Center for Geospatial Analytics community. Congratulations to all of our students on their success!


Our Geospatial Analytics Ph.D. program unites departments across the university to train a new generation of interdisciplinary data scientists skilled in developing novel understanding of spatial phenomena and applying new knowledge to grand challenges.

Byron Ifediora, advised by Bethany Cutts
Dissertation: Disaster Nonprofit Relief, and Housing Recovery, Using GIS Techniques
Vishnu Mahesh Vivek Nanda, advised by Perver Baran and Laura Tateosian
Dissertation: Estimating and Modeling Structural Characteristics of Trees Within Aerial LiDAR Data
Katie McQuillan, advised by Katie Martin
Dissertation: Linking Forests and Freshwater across the Southern Appalachian Forest Landscape
Corey White, advised by Helena Mitasova and Ross Meentemeyer
Dissertation: Facilitating Civic Engagement in Rapidly Urbanizing Regions through Geospatial Participatory Modeling

Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology

Our MGIST program equips students with the knowledge and tools to become geospatial professionals through a unique curriculum that leverages NC State’s strengths in computational and data sciences and interdisciplinary training, in combination with professional skills development. The degree was designed to be completed entirely online, allowing flexibility for both students just entering the work force and those already established. Learn more about this semester’s service-learning capstone projects.

And congratulations to our MGIST poster competition winnerDallas Hoffman!

MGIST graduates: Purdeep Dhanoa, Scott Ellis, Summer Faircloth, Roderick Flannery, Andrew Freeland, Jessica Hackman, Dallas Hoffman, David Kist, Yale Kodwo-Nyameazea, Robert Lawson, Natalie Luftman, Alexander Mann, Ben Masters, Kyle Noel, Macy Sawtelle, Greyson Smith, Derek Stanley, Colby Traynor, William Turner, James Webber, Devin M. Whitney, Caroline Wood, Hubert Yun

Graduate Certificate in Geospatial Information Science

Our graduate certificate provides students with a graduate level academic credential in advanced GIS applications. This program is designed for students who wish to establish themselves in GIS practice, enhance current skill sets or are not yet ready to commit to a full graduate program. The certificate can be completed entirely online and is also available to current NC State students enrolled in a non-GIS graduate degree.

Certificate graduates: Faisal Mohammed G Alghamdi, Jens Beets, Alex Bone, Henry Jacob Edmisten, Garrett Elmo, Julia Elisabeth Embrey, Hannah Ferguson Johns, Kristen Elizabeth Fowler, Ben Grasberg, Isabella Hile, Rachel Jensen, John Patrick Kamanga, Angie Kealey, Bobby Lloyd, Tony Nardo, Aidan Paul, Emily Pierce, Will Rose, Sarah Ann Sowders, Mimi Stephens, Joshua Colon Wescott, Jennifer Louise Wiggen, Aaron Woleslagle, Angela Wood