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SISAT student recognized by ESRI for development work

Friday, May 20, 2011

Joe Roberts, a student in Claremont Graduate University’s School of Information Systems and Technology (SISAT), has received the Outstanding Student of the Year award from the ESRI Development Center. 

Joe Roberts with CGU Professor Brian Hilton
Joe Roberts and SISAT Professor Brian Hilton
Roberts was recognized for his development of a location-based application that runs on Android devices, such as cell phones. The application is useful for purposes such as navigating, locating a store, or social networking.

Roberts developed the code for the app and the underlying information system, and put together a tutorial explaining the entire process for other developers to follow. His work is available to other users for free and can be downloaded online.

ESRI is a world leader in computer assisted mapping and geographic information system (GIS) technology.

The ESRI Development Center (EDC) provides recognition and special status to university departments that have exemplary programs focused on educating students to design and develop GIS applications using ESRI’s ArcGIS for Desktop or server technology.

In recognition of his work, Roberts received $500 from ESRI, a certificate, and a GIS-related book.

He completed the project as part of the course requirements for the Advanced GIS Solution Development class at CGU. 

SISAT offers a GIS Solution Development Concentration within the Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology degree.  This specialization is designed to meet the educational needs of people who want careers developing transformative GIS solutions for organizations. 

The GIS Solution Development specialization is technical in its focus and is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to create applications rather than simply use them.


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