Department Participates in Spring 2021 Trojan Day
Department faculty along with students from the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS) chapter were able to talk with prospective students on the Quad March 20th during part of Trojan Day activities on the Troy campus. Despite slightly windy conditions, they were able to introduce students to Troy's programs in geospatial sciences and all the high-tech equipment in these career fields. The next Trojan Day is scheduled for Fall Semester 2021 in the same location in front of the Math and Science Complex.
First Ever Virtual visit with Potential Employers
The Geospatial Informatics Department has been hosting weekly visits by potential employers the past several semesters, but like everyone else, the department had to modify these visits for the safety of all involved during Fall Semester 2020. Three companies, Schoel Engineering, SurvTech Solutions and Dewberry Engineering, were able to visit with students virtually via Teams. Campus students were encouraged to join in a couple of socially distanced classrooms in the department while online students were able to participate in these meetings for the first time ever. Campus attendees at a couple of the visits received a meal thanks to the Troy student chapter of the Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS).
Meetings continue almost every week during Spring Semester 2021 with companies like HRC Engineers, Surveyors & Landscape Architects.
GIS Day 2020 was celebrated on November 18th by Geospatial students and faculty with an information tent on the Quad in the morning and an afternoon GIS Webinar hosted by Dr. Connor Wu to which all of Troy University worldwide was invited. The sessions during presented by GIS professionals were A Day of a GIS Engineer, 5 Forces, 5 Trends, and 5 Skills Critical to GIS and Remote Sensing in the 2020s, and Future Trends in GIS.
Congratulations to the following students:
Alexander Brown – Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS) Scholarship
Halee Covington - Elbert A. Botts Endowed Scholarship
Addison Mims - Elbert A. Botts Endowed Scholarship
Tim Sandheinrich - ASPLS scholarship & Elbert A. Botts Endowed Scholarship
Joseph Shell - Elbert A. Botts Endowed Scholarship
Luke Strickland – Earl Dudley Geomatics Scholarship
Scott Dowdy - The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) Scholarship
Cameron Morris - The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) Scholarship
THSOA scholarship recipients Scott Dowdy and Cameron Morris with two of the department's drones.
Read More about Scott and Cameron HERE
The Geospatial Informatics Department had its first Geographic Information Science (GIS) graduate, Yitong Wu, May 8, 2020. Yitong was an international student from China who began in the Surveying and Geomatics Sciences program, but changed her major when the new GIS program became available. She was awarded the 2018-2019 Troy University Marshall A. McLeod Geomatics Foundation Scholarship and was a recipient of the 2019 Troy University Elbert A. Botts Endowment. She won the 2019-2020 Chancellor’s Award for her project Augmented and Virtual Reality Utilization to Support Geospatial Learning. After several offers from universities, she is now pursuing a Master of Science in Applied Geoscience from the University of Hong Kong in China.
The first Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) course was taught on the Troy Campus in Spring 2020 and one of the students received her remote pilot license. Read more HERE.
Navigation Electronics Inc. (NEI) made a generous donation of state of the art survey equipment to the department in January 2020. Read More Here.