GIS day cake

Fifth International GIS Day Is a Success

GIS day cakeOn November 14, NOVA’s Reston Center hosted its 5th International GIS Day. An audience of nearly 70 attended the function—standing room only. Among the attendees were current NOVA students, geoscience high school students and teachers, and guests interested in learning more about geographic information systems (GIS). This year, the event focused on the role of remote sensing in GIS and GIS careers.

“This was our biggest event so far,” said Dr. Michael Krimmer, GIS program head. “All of this indicates the tremendous support the GIS program at NOVA continues to enjoy with government and industry in the local area. In fact, I received many questions about NOVA developing a geospatial associate degree.”

The first featured speaker was Michael Evanoff, geospatial engineer from Google, who discussed Google Earth and Google maps development. The second speaker, Dr. Jim Irons from NASA’s Landsat satellite program, gave a history of the Landsat development from his perspective.

GIS day panelFinally, a panel of professionals discussed how to succeed in a GIS career. Panelists included professionals from the following institutions: Google, NASA, BAE Systems, MITRE, NGA and SAIC. Three of the six panelists are graduates of NOVA’s GIS Career Studies Certificate. The panel fielded a wide range of questions from the audience ranging from how cloud computing will change the industry to internship and training opportunities at each of their respective institutions.

Of course, the star of the event was a cake created by Reston Site Director Laura Siko. Siko did her homework and baked a cake with models of two Landsat satellites circling the globe. Please mark your calendars for the next GIS Day which will be held on November 20, 2013.

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