Meet the Higher Education Plenary Speakers for the 2021 Esri Education Summit
The 2021 Esri Education Summit is taking place virtually Monday, June 21- Tuesday, June 22 and will be covering a variety of topics such as the role of GIS in teaching problem solving and how to equip students for success in a range of 21st century careers.
Join us for the Higher Education Plenary Session on Monday, June 21st at 8:00 a.m. (PDT) and hear from the following guest speakers as they share their expertise on Design Thinking in GIS Education:
Kristen Kurland, Carnegie Mellon University
Kristen Kurland is a Teaching Professor of Architecture, Information Systems, and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College and School of Architecture, and holds a courtesy appointment in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Professor Kurland's research focuses on interdisciplinary collaborations in health, the built environment, and spatial analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and 3D visualization.
She works closely with colleagues and students on health, urban design, economic development, sustainability, and 3D projects. Professor Kurland is a Past President of CMU’s Andrew Carnegie Society and recently served as a Trustee of Carnegie Mellon University. She also is the co-author of the GIS Tutorial series of books, including GIS Tutorial, GIS Tutorial for Crime Analysis, and GIS Tutorial for Health.
Uwe Brandes, Georgetown University
Uwe S. Brandes is a professor, faculty director of the Urban & Regional Planning Program, faculty director of the Georgetown Global Cities Initiative. He is a scholar-practitioner in the field of urban design and sustainable urban development, with more than 25 years of experience in the planning, design, and development of new buildings, the public realm, and community development partnerships.
As a practitioner, he has prepared plans in New York City, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Berlin Washington, D.C., he managed the creation of the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative (AWI), an urban partnership to re-imagine and transform the most polluted river in the Chesapeake Bay into a model of socially-inclusive sustainable urban development.