Laura Atkinson has been working in data management and GIS for seven years. She has experience in public and private sector positions including the NPS Rocky Mountain Inventory and Monitoring Network and the urban forestry startup Plan-It Geo. Laura is currently finishing up a Master’s program in GIS including a TA-ship at the University of Denver She has been attending GIS Colorado for several years, recently being active in helping out the organization where able. Laura hopes to bring new insights and ideas to the community at large as a board member. As someone who is Colorado born, raised, and schooled, Laura has a unique perspective on the challenges of Colorado’s geospatial community and the needs of the industry in the state. As a soon to be recently-graduated student Laura hopes to enable higher student participation to grow the community.
GIS Colorado is pleased to announce this year’s scholarships. For 2015, GIS Colorado is offering four
scholarships to deserving Colorado University or college students: One to a full-time undergraduate
student ($1500), one to a full-time graduate student ($1500), one to a part-time undergraduate student,
and one to a part-time graduate student. Part-time students must have a minimum of one three-credit
class in fall 2016. The award for part-time students will be calculated at $100 per credit to a maximum
It is time to start planning your attendance at the GIS Colorado spring meeting to be held in Breckenridge, Colorado. The spring quarterly meeting will be held April 29th at the Summit County Library in Breckenridge.
Reserve a space for you and your colleagues to ensure your attendance at this event!
We are looking for presenters and sponsors for the meeting. If you have something cool you are doing, something you are struggling with, or just something interesting why not share it with GIS Colorado. Fill out the presentation submission form if you are interested in presenting or contact Caitlin Bernier with any questions.
Stay tuned for information on training associated with the Spring meeting.
It's time again to make your voice heard! The GIS Colorado Board has three vacancies to be filled this spring. The following GIS Colorado members have been nominated by your peers to fill these leadership roles.
To vote, please send email to email@example.com with your top three choices from the candidates list below.
Only paying members of GIS Colorado are allowed to vote.
Teaching at FRCC – I have served on the GIS Steering Committee for several years. FRCC/Boulder County Campus has garnered several awards, including best academic program at any Colorado Community College in 2012 and a SAG Award from Esri in 2014. My focus has been with GPS Field Data Collection, which is taught in the summer as a hands on, project focused course.
Developing UAV platforms for Geospatial use – I am also with Juniper Unmanned Aerial Systems where I am responsible for developing geospatial uses for UAV. My title is Flight Operations Manager and I work to integrate UAV into full compliance with FAA regulations. My team is working to confirm best practices based for various geospatial applications by matching platforms to sensors and mission plans.
My vision for GISCO is to find a way to expose more high school and college students to the benefits of acquiring a GIS skill set, no matter what your academic pursuits might be.
I have been an active member of past GISCO boards, while still employed by Esri. I also used my GISCO board position as a platform for the formation of WyGEO, which functions like GISCO in the state of Wyoming.
I have administered the San Luis Valley GIS/GPS Authority (SLV GIS) for the past 20 years. During this time, I have overseen the creation of seamless GIS spatial data over six counties in south-central Colorado. During the last 4 years, SL V GIS has been in a public/private partnership with Integrated Land Services (ILS) of which I am President and part-owner. I was a member of the Board of the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust from 2005 to 2008, serving as Chair during my last year on the Board. I served as Alamosa County Emergency Manager (parttime) from 2008-2013 and was Chair of the San Luis Valley All-Hazards Committee. During my service as Emergency Manager I was a member of the Grant Review Committee for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security. I have been a member of Alamosa County's Planning Commission since 2008. Presently I am a Founding Board member of Society Hall here in the City of Alamosa. Society Hall is a 501c3 organization that provides a venue for cultural events, primarily music.
In terms of education, I earned a PhD in Physical Geography from Oxford University, a MSc and BS in Geology from Old Dominion University and a BA in French from Randolph Macon College.
I feel that my experience with a variety of organizations and purposes, as well as my education, has provided me with a rich tapestry of knowledge and experience that will serve GIS Colorado in a beneficial and productive manner. I believe my current service to the Board of GIS Colorado has resulted in a positive impact with not only the members of GIS Colorado, but with other organizations and individuals associated with the geospatial industry. Providing GIS services to a large area of rural Colorado (nearly 10% of the State) as a self-sustaining entity has been a challenge and continues to be a challenge. Being elected to the Board of GIS Colorado is a similar challenge, and a challenge that I openly seek. Because of these challenges, my education and my experience with geospatial data, I ask that the voting members of GIS Colorado elect me to another term on the Board of GIS Colorado.
At 24, I'm probably a bit younger than most members of the board. However, I did work in GIS through college and have a decent chunk of experience as a result. I've worked as a cartographer for the Patagonian Expedition Race (in Chile), a GIS analyst for the US Naval Facilities Engineering Command (in Florida), as a hydrolgist/research assistant (in Greenland and Florida), and under Darcee Killpack with the National Park Service (in Grand Junction). Currently, I work as a geospatial software developer for Antero Resources in downtown Denver. Though I have degrees in geology and geography, my real passion lies with computers and software. I rarely make print maps.
I believe I can offer the board a fresh perspective on issues. Having moved to Colorado in May of 2014, I'm still learning about the geospatial challenges faced by GISCO members. One issue that I would like to see increased board involvement in would be education/outreach to tangentially-geospatial professionals (such as biologists, engineers, etc.). As I'm sure you know, those who don't use GIS everyday easily get very frustrated with it and often write it off entirely. As the field grows, these professionals will need increasing support/mentors. Additionally, I'd like to see more discussion regarding web mapping among the community. Seeing as most other facets of the tech industry are moving towards web applications and cloud computing, it is inevitable that GIS will soon be driven primarily by the web.