Every semester, students in the MS GIS and GEOINT programs present their capstone projects—the final hurdle on their way to earning their graduate degrees—at the MS Capstone Symposium.

The capstone course is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in an independent research or design project, and this year's cohort did not disappoint.

On May 16 and 18, a group of 19 students presented their projects applying GIS, spatial analysis, modeling, remote sensing, web app development, and geospatial intelligence across a wide variety of topics and disciplines. The symposium was held both online through lightning talks and in-person as a poster session. 

View recordings of the lightning talks here

Congratulations to all MS GIS and GEOINT spring graduates on earning their degrees!

Students who presented at the Lightning Talks:

  1. Jesse Warren - "Comparative Analysis of Vegetation Change Caused by the 2011 EF3 Massachusetts Tornado"
  2. Luke Quattrochi - "Network Analysis of Illicit Trafficking Across the US-Mexico Border"
  3. Jinadaree Gonaduwage - "Identifying Robbery Patterns in Washington DC in the Pre, Peri, and Post Pandemic Eras"
  4. Zayan Haq - "Analyzing Glacial Thinning and Impacts on Water Supply using Remote Sensing in the Hindu Kush Himalayas"
  5. Samuel Firmenich - "A GIS Asset Management Mobile Data Collection Workflow for Water System Utilities"
  6. Kevin Ross - "Sabotage and The-: An Analysis of Oil Spillages in Nigeria using GEOINT"
  7. Georgina Hayes-Crepps - "Visualizing Air Quality in North America: Creating a Web Map Application to Explore NASA TEMPO Proxy Datasets"
  8. Brianna McCardle - "DC Travel Planner App"
  9. Matthew Sickel - "Analyzing Land Change from Mining Operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Zambia"


posters and presenters
From top to bottom: Andre Oktaviandra, Shreya Ghosh and Patrick Musick with their posters


Students who presented at the Poster Symposium:

  1. Kara Mobley - "Enhancing Early Warning for Food Insecurity: Assessing Below-average Crop Yield Outcomes Over Multiple Seasons in East Africa"
  2. Jack Cantilli - "Examining the Effect of Deforestation on Malaria Infection Rates in West Central Africa with Spatio-Temporal Modelling"
  3. Aaron Robidoux - "Helicopter Landing Zone (HLZ) Site Selection using a Weighted, Multicriteria Suitability Model"
  4. Katherine Toren - "Quantifying the Impacts of the 2022 Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) Reservoir Fill on Reservoir Extent at the GERD and Downstream"
  5. Casey Hopkins - "MoCo Trails App"
  6. Timothy Kuhn - "State of the Union: Assessing the Impact of Historical State-Level Same-Sex Marriage Legislation on the Spatial Autocorrelation of Same-Sex Spouses"
  7. Andre Oktaviandra - "Sample-based Estimation of Primary Forest Loss in Indonesia (1999-2021) Using Landsat Time Series Data"
  8. Eli Straussman - "GNIS: Geographic Network Information System"
  9. Shreya Ghosh - "Climate Change and Southeast Asia: A Spatial Analysis of Vulnerability and Security"
  10. Patrick Musick - "Analyzing Winter Wheat Yield Trends in Ukraine"


presenters and posters
From top to bottom: Jack Cantilli, Timothy Kuhn and Casey Hopkins with their posters


posters and presenters
From top to bottom: Aaron Robidoux, Kara Mobley and Katherine Toren with their posters

Main image: Poster presenters with Professors Jack Ma and Jonathon Resop; student Aaron Robidoux receives the Outstanding MIS Student Award from Professor Jack Ma. 

photo collage with the whole group, Aaron Robidoux and Jack Ma, and the name of the event