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Oyster Habitat Suitability Study

Department of Geospatial Informatics chair, Dr. Xutong Niu, collaborated with Dr. Chris Boyd from the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and graduate student Taylor Rose Horn to develop an oyster habitat suitability model for the Choctawhatchee Bay as part of a $114,843 grant from the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance and Northwest Florida State College. Read more in the article at Troy Today.

Welcome Dr. Min Xu 

The Geospatial Informatics Department welcomed a new faculty member Fall Semester 2023. Dr. Min Xu comes to Troy from a postdoctoral research position at the University of South Florida, College of Marine Science. She received her Ph.D. degree in Geography from The University of Alabama. Her research interests include environmental remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), with a focus on the water quality issues of inland lakes, rivers, and coastal environments. She has published 23 peer-reviewed articles in prestigious journals and was recently granted a U.S. Patent for systems and methods for modeling water quality. Dr. Xu will teach Geography and GIS classes and is a great addition to the Geospatial Informatics team. It is already hard to imagine the department without her. 

Dr. Min Xu

Students Attend ASPLS Conference 

The Alabama Society of Professional Land Surveyors (ASPLS) holds its annual conference in October at Lake Guntersville State Park. 2023 will mark the third year that Troy ASPLS student chapter members in the Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program have been sponsored to attend the conference. Students are able to make professional connections with surveyors throughout the state, gaining wisdom from those who have gone before them and discovering job possibilities. It is also a great chance to connect with Troy Geomatics alumni and see how they have advanced in their careers. Of course, the scenery and great food are a bonus. Not to mention that they can enter to win prizes.  The ASPLS also awards academic scholarships to Troy Geomatics students at this conference. It is definitely a highlight of the school year and the students have a great time spending time together away from the class room.

Students attended ASPLS Conference

Students attend ASPLS Conference at Lake Guntersville

Geomatics student meet Troy alum

Students meet Troy Geomatics Alum Steve Strickland, 2023 ASPLS president 

Alum gets ASPLS award

Troy Geomatics alum, Matt Harrell receives ASPLS award presented by alum Rusty Blackwell.   

student wins ASPLS prize

Students win prizes at ASPLS Conference 

Geomatics in the News

National Surveyors Week  2023 March 19-25 brought attention to the Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program  and got a spot on the TrojanVision News  that week.

Geo Day 2023 

SLAM Technology Geo Day 2023

The  department's annual geospatial career event Geo Day 2023 was held March 15th to introduce high school and community college students to geospatial careers that are in very high demand.  Read more about Geo Day 2023.


GIS Day 2022Dr. Wu hosted GIS Day 2022 with the help of the City of Troy Utilities. Troy Geomatics graduate Patrick McLure and Chase Collins, Troy's UAS program director,  along with some students joined Dr. Wu on the quad to promote GIS.  The GIS faculty also hosted an online webinar with Brian Baldwin of ESRI to learn more about the future of GIS.

Troy Geomatics alum Brett Orrell has created a scholarship specifically for Troy students in the Surveying and Geomatics Sciences Program. Brett is a strong supporter of the program and we are very appreciative of this donation. Read more about Brett and the new scholarship.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected Troy's Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS program to be a part of the UAS Collegiate Training Initiative (UAS-CTI).   Read more about the selection of Troy's UAS program.

UAS-CTI logo

The Geospatial Informatics Department had its first Geographic Information Science (GIS) graduate, Yitong Wu, May 8, 2020.  Read more Here.  

First GIS Graduate

Navigation Electronics Inc. (NEI) made a generous donation of state of the art survey equipment to the department in January 2020.  Read more about the NEI Donation


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