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Geospatial Information Science and Engineering (GIScE) Area of Study for M.S., M.P.S. or Ph.D. in Environmental Resources Engineering

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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

  • Giorgos 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
  • Bahram Salehi; bsalehi@esf.edu
    Polarimetric and Interferometric SAR, Optical Remote Sensing including Nanosatellite data, UAV and Photogrammetry, Image Processing and Machine Learning of RS data. Environmental Remote Sensing (Wetland and Water bodies, Forest, Permafrost, Agriculture and other Land Cover types, Sea Ice, Oil Spill on sea and land

Graduate Students in Geospatial Information Science and Engineering


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Atef Amriche

Atef Amriche

aaamrich@syr.edu
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mountrakis
Undergraduate Institution: 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


Sean Huckins

Sean Huckins

schuckin@syr.edu
ERE Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Hassett
Undergraduate Institution: 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."



Rabia Khan

rkhan06@syr.edu
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Mountrakis


Madusha Maha Gamage

Madusha Maha Gamage

mmahagam@syr.edu
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Mountrakis
Undergraduate Institution: Sabaragamuwa University of Sri (Remote Sensing)

Personal Statement
I obtained my undergraduate degree in Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka in the field of Remote Sensing. I do believe, the developments in the field of freely available Satellite images and software will ultimately benefit in a broad range of applications to tackle the most challenging environment issues. My undergraduate thesis based on building feature detection from Landsat 8 satellite image. Now I am interesting on microwave image processing. Under this wide area of research, I am more willing to focus on microwave image classification, image denoising and processing, and application of SAR images such as extract the subwater features, and deformation and subsidence monitoring.

Research interests
Satellite Remote Sensing for land cover, land surface, marine and coastal applications, GIS applications and spatial modelling, Geostatistic, Spatio-Temporal analysis on earth and its environment.



Xiaoyu Ni

xni109@syr.edu
Geospatial Information Science & Engineering
Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Quackenbush


Zhixin Wang

Zhixin Wang

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

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



Jin Xu

Jin Xu

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

Previous Graduate Study: University of Chinese Academy of Sciences