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Geospatial Information Science and Engineering (GIScE)

M.P.S., M.S., Ph.D.

Geospatial Information Science and Engineering is designed for specialized study in spatial information acquisition, analysis, modeling and applications.

This includes theoretical and applied projects in sensing systems and the location, measurement, analysis and description of ground features and earth resources. It also includes use of geographic information systems (GIS) to incorporate spatial data into a wide range of environmental and engineering problems.

Program Requirements

Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses include at least one year of physics and one engineering science course in surveying, numerical methods, or computer science.

Program mastery courses beyond the departmental requirement include at least one course (3+ credit hours) in each of these areas of competence: 1) Remote Sensing; 2) Geographic Information Systems; 3) Spatial Analysis and Programming; 4) Statistics.

Students in the MPS program will take additional coursework in at least one of these areas, MS students will take additional coursework in at least two areas, and Ph.D. students will take additional coursework in at least three of these areas.

In addition to competence areas listed above, there is flexibility for students interested in supplementary areas. For example, students in the past have expanded their knowledge in geography, ecology, forestry, systems analysis, electrical/computer engineering and mathematics. Courses from these competence areas are identified in consultation with the Major Professor and Steering Committee.

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Participating Faculty

  • Georgios E. Mountrakis; gmountrakis@esf.edu
    geographic information systems, remote sensing, spatiotemporal analysis, land cover land use change, climate change, biogeography, coupled human and natural systems
  • Lindi J. Quackenbush; ljquack@esf.edu
    geospatial information systems, spatial measurements, remote sensing and image processing, particularly focused on spatial techniques for both urban and forest classification, spatial analysis

Current Graduate Students in Geospatial Information Science and Engineering


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Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Atef Amriche

Atef Amriche

aaamrich@syr.edu
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis
Undergraduate Institute: National Higher School of Agro (Agronomy / Soil scie)

Previous Graduate Study: Mediterranean Agronomic Instit (Geoinformation in En)

Personal Statement
The journey of my higher education began with agronomic studies and specialization in soil science at the "Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Agronomie" (Algeria). My interest in GIS and remote sensing applications started growing after a first exposure to precision farming concepts. My passion for technology and innovations in computer science pushed me to further explore these two disciplines. My first Master thesis focused on using SAR data to map surface soil moisture in a semiarid area in Algeria. After that, I got a full scholarship from the international center for higher agronomic studies in the Mediterranean (CIHEAM) and enrolled in the Master of Science program "Geoinformation in environmental management" at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute in Chania (Greece). My thesis work was focused on land cover mapping in the Mitidja plain - North Algeria. My goal here at SUNY ESF is to develop essential programming skills and a strong numeric and statistical background, necessary to address key environmental issues using remote sensing data.

Favorite Quote
" Any knowledge that doesn't lead to new questions quickly dies out: it fails to maintain the temperature required for sustaining life " ... Wislawa Szymborska

Research interests
Remote sensing / GIS / data mining / land cover & land use mapping / decision support systems / soil science.

Presentations
Soil resources and sustainable soil management in Algeria (representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) - FAO Near East & North Africa - Global Soil Partnership. http://www.slideshare.net/FAOoftheUN/soil-resources-and-sustainable-soil-management-in-algeria-ministry-of-agriculture-and-rural-development-atef-amriche



John Bisgrove

jbisgrov@syr.edu
ERE Forest Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Quackenbush


Neha Susanna Dendukuri

ndenduku@syr.edu
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Quackenbush


Sean Huckins

Sean Huckins

schuckin@syr.edu
ERE Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hassett
Undergraduate Institute: Syracuse University (INDUSTRIAL DESIGN)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY Buffalo (NATURAL SCIENCES)

Graduate Research Topic
Fusion of Images for the Human Brain Opportunities for Improved Diagnostic and Surgical Interventions

Quote on Graduate Experience
"My experience as a graduate student at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has been tremendously positive. The faculty, including Professor James M. Hassett, have always been exceptionally enthusiastic and supportive of my goal to explore a cross-disciplinary approach to human brain mapping as it relates to neurosurgical diagnostics and intervention. My affiliation and current program of study with SUNY ESF has always been a source of pride to me, and I am looking forward to the fact that my graduate education is not only preparing me to investigate the physical topography of the earth on which we live, but to also go spelunking into the depths of the human brain. The faculty in the mapping sciences program at SUNY ESF have not only made this possible, but have done so with sincere enthusiasm."



Siqi Li

Siqi Li

sli151@syr.edu
ERE Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD/MPS
Advisor(s): Quackenbush
Undergraduate Institute: Northeast Forestry University

Previous Graduate Study: Northeast Forestry University

Personal Statement
I mainly focus on remote sensing application in forestry which is the key topic of my dissertation. Light detection and ranging (lidar) detects both horizontal and vertical information with high accuracy. However, it is also limited due to high cost, massive data storage as well as less coverage. I have been working on improving forest aboveground biomass estimation by integrating passive remote sensing data and active lidar data. By taking advantage of both passive and active remote sensing data, I can help improve the accuracy of predicting forest aboveground biomass and other related variables such as tree height and volume compared to using only one single data source.



Timothy Pede

Timothy Pede

tjpede@syr.edu
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mountrakis
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Environmental Science)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Vermont (Natural Sciences O)

Personal Statement
I grew up in the Syracuse Area and completed my undergraduate studies at SUNY ESF. After being exposed to the unprecedented environmental challenges facing this generation, I soon realized the need for a global transition to renewable sources of energy. Im mainly interested in quantifying urban energy flows and applying ecological principals to human networks.

Graduate Research Topic
Effects of land use/land change on residential energy demand

Favorite Quote
I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully. former President George W. Bush



Timur Sabitov

Timur Sabitov

dmunardy@syr.edu
ERE Water Resources Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Murphy

Publications
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
My research interests are Statistics and Environment, Glacial changes under current climatic conditions,GIS and Remote Sensing

Favorite Quote
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it." -Theodore Hook

Home Page
Web Link

List of publications
Petrov, M. A., Sabitov, T. Y., Tomashevskaya, I. G., Glazirin, G. E., Chernomorets, S. S., Savernyuk, E. A., ... & Mountrakis, G. (2017). Glacial lake inventory and lake outburst potential in Uzbekistan. Science of The Total Environment, 592, 228-242.



Ziqian Wang

Ziqian Wang

zwang129@syr.edu
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis
Undergraduate Institute: Huazhong Agriculture Univ (GIS)


Zhixin Wang

Zhixin Wang

zwang127@syr.edu
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis
Undergraduate Institute: Xi'an University of Science an (Geographic Informati)

Previous Graduate Study: University of Chinese Academy (Signal and Informati)



Zijian Wang

Zijian Wang

zwang128@syr.edu
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis
Undergraduate Institute: Henan Polytechnic University (Remote Sensing Scien)

Links
Web Link

Personal Statement
The environment change is critical nowadays, I am interested in analysis the variation of anything about the environment with ArcGIS, Remote sensing etc. Getting variation information will benefit human being to improve environment and sustainable development.

Favorite Quote
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.



Jin Xu

Jin Xu

jxu145@syr.edu
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Quackenbush
Undergraduate Institute: Nanjing Forestry University

Previous Graduate Study: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences