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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.

View the video to hear from current students in GIScE

Illustrative areas in this option include, but are not limited to:

  • Remote sensing and digital image/video analysis
  • Geographic information systems (GIS)
  • Spatial and spatiotemporal databases
  • Artificial intelligence/machine learning in spatial analysis and modeling
  • Environmental resources monitoring, modeling and assessment

The GIScE program is unique in that it offers not only core knowledge within the discipline but also supports interdisciplinary interactions with other environmental study areas within our department (e.g. hydrology, ecological engineering), within our school (e.g. biology, forest management) and within the adjacent Syracuse University (e.g. social studies, geography, computer and electrical engineering).

Geospatial Information Science and Engineering is designed for specialized research in spatial information acquisition, analysis, modeling and applications. This includes theoretical and applied study 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
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Program prerequisite or co-requisite courses beyond the departmental requirement 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 the five areas of competence listed below (illustrative courses are listed in parenthesis).

  • Remote sensing (e.g. Principles of Remote Sensing, Remote Sensing of the Environment, Digital Image Analysis)
  • Geographic information systems (e.g. Introduction to Spatial Information, GIS for Engineers, GIS-Based Modeling, Spatial Analysis, Introduction to Global Positioning Systems, Map Accuracy Assessment)
  • Statistics and Modeling (e.g., Probability and Statistics for Engineers, Multivariate Statistical Methods, Nonparametric Statistics, Analysis of Variance, Regression Analysis, Sampling Methods)
  • Statistics (e.g. Statistical Analysis, Multivariate Statistical Methods, Nonparametric Statistics, Analysis of Variance, Regression Analysis, Map Accuracy Assessment, Sampling Methods)
  • Programming (e.g. Numerical and Computing methods)

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

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

Current Students

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

Nishan BhattaraiNishan Bhattarai
nbhattar@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Quackenbush
Undergraduate Institute: Tribhuvan University (Forestry and Related)

Previous Graduate Study: Auburn University of Auburn Univ

Graduate Research Topic
Remote Sensing Applications and GIS-based modeling

Favorite Quote
If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?- Einstein

Website
Nishan's webpage

Roger DoctorRoger Doctor
rjdoctor@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis
Undergraduate Institute: Sardar Patel University, INDIA (Environmental Science)

Links
Web Link

Favorite Quote
Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up. -G. K. Chesterton

Alyssa EndresAlyssa Endres
aendres@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis
Undergraduate Institute: Siena College (Physics)

Graduate Research Topic
Geospatial Information Science

Favorite Quote
"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us _universe_, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." -Albert Einstein

Zhu GuZhu Gu
gzhu03@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): and Quackenbush
Undergraduate Institute: Nanjing Normal University (Electrical Engineeri)

Graduate Research Topic
Environmental Resources Engineering

Sean HuckinsSean 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."

Yemeng JinYemeng Jin
yejin@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Quackenbush
Undergraduate Institute: East China Normal University (Geography)

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Favorite Quote
"They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it."

Seyed Gholamrez Khatami KalkhoranSeyed Gholamrez Khatami Kalkhoran
sgkhatam@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mountrakis

Graduate Research Topic
Geospatial Information Science and Engineering

Favorite Quote
I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding of a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me. Sir Isaac Newton

Home Page
Web Link

Teng LiTeng Li
tli03@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Quackenbush
Undergraduate Institute: China University of Geoscience (Geography)

Links
Web Link

Graduate Research Topic
Geospatial information science and engineering

Favorite Quote
It is great to be great, but it is greater to be human.

Webpage
Web Link

Jiayong LiangJiayong Liang
jlian100@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Quackenbush
Undergraduate Institute: Sun Yat-Sen University (Geography)

Previous Graduate Study: Sun Yat-Sen University (Geography )

ResearchGate
Web Link

Research Interest
GIScience, remote sensing applications of earth resources and environment; Spatial modeling of urban landscape evolution; Land use allocation and resources management; Regional and global climate change; Remote sensing image processing.

Favorite Quote
"Stay hungry, stay foolish."

LinkedIn
Web Link

Timothy PedeTimothy 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

Sheng YangSheng Yang
syang16@syr.edu

Geospatial Information Science & Engineering

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mountrakis
Undergraduate Institute: Nanjing University (Geography)

Previous Graduate Study: SUNY-ESF (ERFEG )

Graduate Research Topic
Forestry Engineering

Quote on Graduate Experience
"A new style of the life and a fresh taste of the world"


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