Geographic Information Systems News

At a glance, geospatial technology may sound like a niche, but it’s anything but. The job market for those professionals who are trained in this discipline growing rapidly at nearly 35 percent and that growth is predicted to increase even further over the next 10 years. Temple students in the College of Liberal Arts’ Geographic Information Systems program are taught to combine data and maps in a manner that prepares them for critical research roles at tech companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations. As the faculty teaches these skills and students grow and continue to succeed as alumni, you can follow them here. Read their stories below and please contact us if you have a story of your own you think we should tell.

photo of students presenting at capstone

The Professional Science Master in Geographic Information Systems challenges students to find real-world applications for the advanced technical training they receive in the program. This year’s graduates focused their capstones on their work with Philadelphia City Council, the Share Food Program and several other exciting organizations.

Julia Wolanski, CST ’16 and CLA ’17, joined the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in March as a geospatial research associate and is spending her days researching the spread of COVID-19 throughout the city.

photo of Jillian Eller posing by scenic landscape

Jillian Eller, CLA ’18, will be visiting campus January 30 as part of the National Service Meet and Greet event to discuss the benefits of students enrolling in a year of service following graduation. Here’s why Eller is enjoying her year of service and recommends it to other students.

A recent publication provides new evidence of drivers influencing the spatial distribution of invasive disease species. Traditionally, scientists have used environmental data such as temperature, precipitation or vegetation to predict the area occupied by a given species.

photo of Leslie Richards, Secretary of PennDOT, gives keynote address to the workshop

A new report from the College of Liberal Arts’ Center for Sustainable Communities highlights the important role of infrastructure in shaping issues of equity and well-being across urban and rural communities.

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