GeoWeek and GIS Day 2021

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Since 2017, the Geospatial Science and GEOINT program at Fayetteville State University has been celebrating its annual Geospatial Awareness Week & GIS Day (GeoWeek) events in concert with the similar national events in Novembers. This year, we are thrilled to celebrate the Fifth Geospatial Awareness Week & GIS Day 2021 (5th GeoWeek 2021) during the third week of November 2021, from Monday (11/15) to Friday (11/19) in coordination with the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (agenda available at NC ASPRS) and the Department of Earth & Ocean Sciences, UNC Wilmington.

The topic of our event this year is Geospatial Science and Technology and GEOINT in Education and PracticeThis event aims at raising and advancing the awareness of spatial thinking, geospatial technologies and tradecraft across the campus as well as the Fayetteville and its surrounding community. Due to the pandemic, most activities of the event this year will be conducted virtually through the Zoom meeting platform.

Activities of the event include keynote presentations, panel discussions, Geospatial Undergraduate Student Presentation Competition, and Children's Map Competition.


  • Please find below the event's agenda.
  • Please register for the Zoom meeting URL link. To register, please click this link to register through EventBrite. After registration, you will receive a confirmation message and email with the Zoom meeting URL link as well as meeting ID and passcode of the event. There is only one Zoom meeting link for all virtual activities.
  • All registrants will automatically participate in the Door Prize Drawing program. Therefore, when registering, please make sure that you provide a correct email for contact in case you win a door prize.
  • If you have already registered, on the dates and times of the activities of your interest, please use the Zoom meeting link (or meeting ID and passcode) provided from the registration confirmation to access the virtual meetings.
  • For students who are interested in presenting and participating in the Geospatial Undergraduate Student Presentation Competition, please click this link for competition registration and details. (Please note the registration for competition is now closed.)


Date and Time Sessions


Day 1 - Monday 11/15/2021

Monday (11/15)

11:00am - 12:00pm

Keynote 1: Resilience and Growth Mindset in a Renaissance Era

Presenter: Dr. Camelia Kantor, USGIF Vice President of Academic Affairs & Professional Development

Abstract: Strategic thinkers tend to be free divers with an appetite for risk and unafraid to dive underwater to attain great depths. COVID-19 led to some major changes in the way we think of education and learning, providing new opportunities for a renaissance in academia and beyond. It forced us to rethink who we want to be and what it takes to get there. This presentation will challenge you to redefine your goals, think of new ways to learn, teach or conduct research, and seek opportunities for growth in areas you might have not considered before.

Monday (11/15)

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Panel Discussion: Geographic Information and Technology for Intelligence

Summary: This panel discussion explores how geographic information derived from different types of data through the use of geospatial technology may be beneficial to defense purposes.

Moderator: MG (RET) Rodney O. Anderson, Fayetteville State University

  1. Mr. Joseph Blake, CW4, MI, GEOINT Tech, 18th Airborne Corps, Collection Management, Fort Liberty
  2. Dr. Andrew Kalukin, Senior Lead Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
  3. COL (RET) William Lee, Intelligence Studies Program Coordinator, FSU
  4. Mr. Gene Squires, NGA
  5. Mr. James Trice, NGA Ambassador & Army NGA Support Team XVIII Airborne Corps Senior Representative
Day 2 - Tuesday 11/16/2021

Tuesday (11/16)

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Keynote 2: Finding Tomorrow - Navigating the GIS Spectrum

Presenter: Dr. Bradley Batista, Principal Scientist - Tanzle, Inc.

Abstract: A Geographic Information System (GIS) is just what it sounds like - a system that manages geographic information. One-hundred years ago this would have been a physical vault containing rolls upon rolls of hand-drawn maps. Today it is a complex network of electronics located under, over and above the surface of the Earth - and increasingly other planets. Modern technology has resulted in a GIS spectrum allowing people and computers to participate in a variety of geographic information systems. The GIS spectrum exists over the span of individuals all the way through systems so complex that they require significant teams and resources to manage. We will explore the GIS spectrum to understand how it can be used today to better prepare for tomorrow.

Day 3 - Wednesday 11/17/2021

Wednesday (11/17)

9:00am - 10:00am

Session: Technology & Career  

  1. Data Visualization & Maritime Boundaries by Ms. Amanda Williams, US Department of State
  2. Drones & GIS by Mr. Justin Wells, ESRI

Moderator: Dr. Joanne Halls, Dept. of Earth & Ocean Sciences, UNC Wilmington

Summary: This session explores how GIS has been used in a variety of scenarios.

Wednesday (11/17)

10:00am - 10:30am

Panel Discussion: Government GIS  

Summary: This session explores how GIS has been used in a variety of governmental scenarios.

Moderator: Dr. Joanne Halls, Dept. of Earth & Ocean Sciences, UNC Wilmington

  1. Ms. Liz Galloway, Town of Leland
  2. Mr. Josh Norwood, Pender County
  3. Mr. Richard Tuinstra, City of Wilmington

Wednesday (11/17)

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Student Session: Geospatial Student Presentations Competition

Moderator: Dr. Adegoke Ademiluyi, Fayetteville State University

Student Presentations:

  1. 3:00pm - 3:30pm: Leveraging GIS to Help Military Families With School Age Children Find Housing Off-post by Christian Soto.
  2. 3:30pm - 4:00pm: Detecting Urban Change in Monrovia, Liberia, using Landsat Satellite Imagery by Samuel Zulu.
  3. 4:00pm - 4:30pm: Visualizing Spatial Distributions of Medical Facilities and Census Variables in Cumberland County by Brandon Turner.
  4. 4:30pm - 5:00pm: Exploring Spatial Patterns of Vehicle Crashes in Cumberland County by Peter Hall.
Day 4 - Thursday 11/18/2021

Thursday (11/18)

11:00am - 12:00pm

Keynote 3: Understanding Weather and Climate with GIS

Presenter: Dr. Joseph Kerski, ESRI Education Manager

Abstract: Join Geographer, Educator, and GIS professional Joseph Kerski as we explore how GIS is used in meteorology and climatology from the local to global scales.  Included in this lively presentation will be hands-on demonstrations and advice for how to chart your own career pathway forward using modern cloud-based GIS tools and spatial data.

Thursday (11/18)

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Keynote 4: Data Management in GEOINT

Presenter: Mr. Kendrick Faison, CEO of SpatialGIS

Abstract: Data Management in GEOINT has been the hot topic of discussion from any federal government agencies especially the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). Just this month, NGA released their newest Data Strategy documenting the major data management facing the agency. Kendrick Faison, CEO of SpatialGIS will present the data management practices to students to introduce practices and help identify the issues.

Day 5 - Friday 11/19/2021

Friday (11/19)

11:00am - 12:00pm

Keynote 5: Air Force Shaping the Future of Air Mobility

Presenter: Mr. Darshan Divakaran, Senior Operations Research Analyst, AFWERX, U.S. Air Force

Abstract: The United States Air Force launched Agility Prime in 2020, a non-traditional program seeking to accelerate the commercial market for advanced air mobility vehicles. Under the Agility Prime program, Air Race is a three-phase path to military certification and potential procurement while accelerating commercialization of this revolutionary technology. These flights will provide an opportunity to assess the utility of the aircraft in missions like distributed logistics, medical evacuation, firefighting, disaster response, search and rescue, and humanitarian-relief operations. In this session you will learn more about ICO, Area of Interest, In-kind testing, Military Airworthiness process, etc.

Friday (11/19)

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Workshop: Photogrammetric Production Workflows and Hybrid Approaches

Presenter: Mr. Michael Joos, CP, GISP - Director of Business Development with T3 Global Strategies

Summary: This workshop will examine the fundamentals of photogrammetric mapping approaches to geospatial projects, the processing of, and feature extraction from point cloud data sets acquired from various platforms, and the ability to fuse datasets to create project deliverables and provide meaningful solutions to our client's geospatial problems.

Friday (11/19)

3:00pm - 4:00pm

Session: Geospatial Career Development


  1. 3:00pm - 3:30pm: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)
    • Mr. James Trice, NGA Ambassador & Army NGA Support Team XVIII Airborne Corps Senior Representative
    • Ms. Elizabeth Tran, Campus Recruiter, Talent Acquisition Center, NGA
  1. 3:30pm - 4:00pm: ESRI
    • Ms. Aisha Jenkins, Project Manager in Esri's Education Services Department, Esri

Summary:This session provides information about geospatial internship and job opportunities at leading national agency and companies.

Friday (11/19)

4:00pm - 5:00pm

FSU Geospatial Alumni and Friends Summit

Summary: Opne dialogs between FSU geospatial alumni and current students. Everyone is welcome to attend (not just FSU students).

Moderator: Dr. Trung Tran, Fayetteville State University


  1. 4:00pm - 4:10pm: Check in online.
  2. 4:10pm - 4:20pm: Introduction.
  3. 4:20pm - 4:25pm: Geoscience Student Association Introduction.
  4. 4:25pm - 4:45pm: Open conversation.
  5. 4:45pm - 5:00pm: Trivia game for door prizes. YAY !!

Thanks to Our Sponsors.

SpatialGIS is geospatial consulting firm founded by Kendrick O. Faison, M.S. GSci. Mr. Faison developed the company's core services based around his more than 13 years of Geospatial and Emergency Management experience. SpatialGIS is a solution-focused company that specializes in supporting federal, state, local and commercial clients. SpatialGIS consolidates industry standards and developed a rapid geospatial team for all emergency situations along with agile development practices that gives us a competitive edge. Caliper Corporation founded in 1983 and headquartered in Newton, MA, is a technology leader in the development of GIS and transportation software. Caliper is also a highly regarded consulting and R&D provider offering professional services in quantitative management consulting, transportation, and decision support systems development. Caliper software products are supported with extensive technical services in GIS applications and training, database development and software customization. Caliper is the developer of TransCAD® Transportation Planning SoftwareTransModeler® Traffic Simulation Software, and Maptitude® Mapping Software & Geographic Information System.

Thanks to Our Supporters and Partners.

Tanzle T3GS ESRI
Booz Allen Hamilton ETI

And all distinguished professors, professionals, and students.

Event Organizer and Coordinator: Dr. Trung Tran, GISP (
Department Chair: Dr. Linda Tomlinson (
Department Administrative Assistant: Ms. Sharon Smith (