Geospatial Workforce Development Panel

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Monday May 13, 2013 
6:15pm – 7:45pm 
Dinner served at 5:30pm 
University of Redlands Main Campus, Casa Loma Room
This event is free and open to the public.

The objective of this panel event is to discuss present and future geospatial needs of business, industry, and government within the larger scope of Information Systems & IT and ways in which higher education curricula delivered by various academic entities including business schools can align with workforce needs. The panel will also explore how rapidly evolving and increasing geospatial needs impact and shape (a) core geospatial knowledge and competencies of aspiring business professionals, and (b) employment opportunities for business students in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

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Mr. David DiBiase, Director, Education and Industry Solutions, Esri
Mr. DiBiase leads the Education Team within Industry Solutions, a unit of Esri’s Marketing Division. The team promotes and supports GIS use and spatial thinking in higher education, primary and secondary education, and museums and libraries worldwide. Prior to joining Esri in 2011, David founded and led the Penn State Online certificate and master’s degree programs in GIS. He was lead editor of the GIS&T Body of Knowledge and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model.  Full Bio profile      

Dr. Tom Horan, Dean, School of Information Systems and Technology, Claremont Graduate University Dr. Horan is Dean and Professor at CGU's School of Information Systems & Technology (SISAT) and is founding Director of the Kay Center for E-Health Research. Dr. Horan has been an active leader in research and training related to policy and consumer dimensions of health information technology and digital infrastructure systems. Dr. Horan’s research has been funded by California Healthcare Foundation, BlueShield Foundation, National Science Foundation, Social Security Administration, and Kay Family Foundation. He has published over 120 articles in refereed conferences, journals, and books. Full Bio Profile 


Dr. James Pick, Professor of Information Systems and GIS, School of Business, University of Redlands
Dr. Pick has worked actively in research and teaching in information systems, GIS, urban studies, and population. He is author or co-author of eleven books, including Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach 2nd edition (Prentice Hall, 2012) and Geo-Business: GIS in the Digital Organization (John Wiley and Sons, 2008), and numerous articles and book chapters.  His spatial research has been funded by Ford Foundation and U.S. Small Business Administration. His most recent studies focus on spatial-statistical modeling of global digital divides. Full Bio profile 



Dr. John Wilson, Director of University of Southern California’s Spatial Sciences Institute
Dr. Wilson is Professor of Geography and Sociology in the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California (USC) where he directs the Spatial Sciences Institute as well as the Geographic Information Science & Technology Graduate Programs and GIS Research Laboratory. He founded the journal Transactions in GIS in 1996 and has served as Editor-in-Chief since its inception. His research is focused on the modeling of environmental systems and makes extensive use of GIS software tools, fieldwork, spatial analysis techniques, and computer models. He has published numerous books and articles on these topics.Full Bio Profile 


Moderator: Dr. Monica Perry, Associate Professor of Marketing, School of Business, University of Redlands
Dr. Perry has served in administrative capacities, including past Director of the Undergraduate Program and past Assistant Dean. She worked with ESRI coordinating the academic portion of the ESRI GIS Business Summit, participated in the University’s Small Business Association Grant, including developing and presenting the marketing GIS aspect of workshops for small businesses and has taught a graduate level GIS marketing related course. Full Bio profile

Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 8, 2013   




For more information please email or phone 909.748.8769








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