GIS in Action 2019 has ended
Welcome to the 27th annual GIS in Action Conference!

GIS technology and professionals are at work around the clock to support our basic needs and our livelihoods. From directing emergency responders to the scene of an accident, to synchronizing trading on Wall Street, to building 5G networks that support self-driving cars, geospatial data and technology helps us understand our environment and improves the quality of our lives.

Whether you are a LiDAR analyst working on risk mitigation, a wildlife biologist conducting habitat assessment, or an economic policy advisor modeling for financial stability, the geospatial approach provides a lens to illuminate and advance our diverse interests and goals.

We are excited to have you join us at this year’s GIS In Action conference. For our keynote, Sisinnio Concas, Ph.D., Program Director for the Center for Urban Transportation Research, will share his insights into autonomous and connected vehicles and how new data sources are critical to developing smarter cars and smarter roads. Through the conference’s diverse sessions, workshops, and socials, you will have opportunities to learn and share with your colleagues and make new professional connections.

GIS in Action is a collaborative effort between the Oregon and Southwest Washington chapter of URISA and the Columbia River Region chapter of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS). The value of the geospatial industry grows greater every year, and every year GIS In Action brings together talented, creative people to share what they’re working on. Let’s share our collective IQ, learn from one another, and build a stronger, more vibrant community. We look forward to meeting you!

Camille Westlake, President, ASPRS Columbia River Region
Molly Vogt, President, Oregon & SW Washington URISA

The conference takes place Monday, April 22nd and Tuesday, April 23rd in the 3rd floor ballroom at Smith Memorial Student Union on the Portland State University campus (1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 ).
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Tuesday, April 23 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Emerging Professionals Career Panel

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Things I Wish I Knew Before My First GIS Job for Emerging Professionals
The ORURISA Emerging Professionals are hosting a panel designed to help students and recent graduates prepare for their next job interview and for starting an entry-level GIS job. The session features emerging professionals who have been through the hiring process and can provide insight into the challenges and rewards of your first GIS job. Bring your questions for a panel discussion and Q&A. Information will also be provided about the new ORURISA Emerging Professional mentorship program.

All are welcome at this session! Registration for the GIS in Action conference is not required.

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Shivon Van Allen

GIS Analyst, NW Natural/URISA Vanguard Cabinet
Shivon Van Allen is a GIS Analyst at NW Natural and has a background in land use planning, technical writing, and project coordination. She earned her MS in Geography and Certificate in GIS from the University of Alabama and her BS in Environmental Studies and Film from Portland State... Read More →
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Matthew Gregg

Student, Portland State University
Matthew Gregg is a graduate of Portland Community College's GIS certificate program and is currently pursuing his BS in Geography at Portland State University. Matthew focuses primarily on mapping political landscapes and exploring the territory between cartography and data visualization... Read More →

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Micah Babinski

GIS/Cybersecurity Consultant
Micah is a cybersecurity and GIS professional, project manager, musician (Celtic and Americana folk music - bagpipes, mandolin, whistle), and enthusiastic (but very amateur) chef. He lives in Portland, Oregon, and has experience in non-profits, consulting, and local/federal government... Read More →
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Eric Stipe

GIS Supervisor, NW Natural
Eric Stipe is an experienced professional in the GIS field with a history of working in the utilities industry and academia. He is currently the GIS Supervisor at NW Natural, where he provides daily support and supervision to a staff of 11 GIS Technicians and Specialists. Before his... Read More →

Sachi Arakawa

Planning Associate and GIS Analyst, Cascadia Partners
Sachi is a geographer and GIS analyst with a background in urban and regional planning. She has done planning work in both the public and private sectors, and currently works for an urban and regional planning firm doing mapping and data analysis. Previously Sachi worked in Community... Read More →
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Katelyn Michelson

Engineering Technician, City of Portland, Bureau of Environmental Services
Katelyn holds an MS in Geography from PSU. She started interning with Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) during her master's program, and collaborated with BES on her master's thesis. Her thesis explored the spatial characteristics and role of using citizen-science to assess urban... Read More →

Tuesday April 23, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Room 333
  Career Development, Panel