UM-Dearborn hosts GIS Day 2017

The fourth annual GIS Day event, held on November 15 on the UM-Dearborn campus, drew 270 participants. Students, faculty, and staff from the Dearborn and Ann Arbor campuses, as well as members of the community, used the opportunity to learn about GIS applications through 15 presentations, as well as from one-on-one meetings in an exhibit setting with representatives of 16 organizations that utilize GIS in their day-to-day work.

The presentations ranged from reclaiming community spaces through environmental design through creating GIS infrastructure for public safety or using unmanned aerial vehicles in law enforcement to image analysis for updating wetland inventories.

Attendees were able to try out a HoloLens to experience geospatial data first-hand in an augmented reality setting. The exhibitors represented civil engineering firms, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, vendors of geospatial equipment, and city, county and state government.

For the first time this year, about 30 students from Lake Shore High School and Mumford High School who participate in the GRACE Project attended GIS Day.  The GRACE (GIS Resources and Applications for Career Education) Project is run by Eastern Michigan University and partners, and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. It aims to expand and disseminate technology-based education for STEM careers in k-12.

And thank you to our GIS Day sponsors!

Author: Claudia Walters, UM-Dearborn CASL

Claudia is a collegiate lecturer and assistant research scientist in the Department of Social Sciences, College of Arts, Sciences and Letters at UM-Dearborn. You can reach her at