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UW's Yang Wins NASA Grant to Study Land Use and Fire in Western U.S. Forests

April 1, 2024

University of Wyoming School of Computing Assistant Professor Di Yang has been awarded a NASA Early Career Investigator Program grant to study how land-use decisions on Western U.S. forests have affected fire activity.

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  • UW’s WyomingView Trains Student Interns in Remote Sensing - October 13th, 2023
    This past summer, the WyomingView program crossed a major milestone. The program, which trains the next generation of remote-sensing scientists and experts, passed 100 student interns.

    "Since the first cohort of WyomingView interns was trained in 2004-05, the program has seen 103 student interns, most of whom have been University of Wyoming undergraduate students", says Ramesh Sivanpillai, a senior research scientist from UW’s Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC).


  • DataHub Phase Two Demonstration Project Grants RFP - Due October 8th, 2023
    The UW Data Hub, a component of the Wyoming Innovation Partnership (WIP), seeks proposals to support innovative data-sharing and data-integration projects at the University of Wyoming.

    With this call, the grant program will provide funds to UW units or individuals to either enhance or expand established data sharing deployment activities or develop new data-sharing or data-integration capacity, with the goal of demonstrating the value of an integrated, cross-disciplinary research information infrastructure supporting the WIP’s broad programmatic goals.



  • Eight Teams to Compete in John P. Ellbogen $50k Entrepreneurship Competition April 22-23
    Laboratory Inventory Management Systems (LIMS) is an end-to-end solution of software and hardware designed to contextualize samples first drawn from the field, as they get processed in the lab, and long after work has concluded. LIMS offers a safe, reliable and compliant way to collect, track, maintain and report data throughout a project’s lifetime. Team members are Shannon Albeke, a senior research scientist in UW’s Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center; and Nicholas Case, a UW graduate student from Laramie, who is majoring in geospatial information science and technology.


  • Hodza Promoted to Senior Research Scientist
    Congratulations to WyGISC faculty member Dr. Paddington Hodza (PhD, West Virginia University, 2007) for his recent promotion to Senior Research Scientist. Dr. Hodza joined the University of Wyoming in 2013 as an Assistant Research Scientist and WyGISC Assistant Director. He was promoted to Associate Research Scientist and WyGISC Associate Director in 2016, a position he held until 2021. Dr. Hodza is a certified GIS Professional, licensed FAA Drone Pilot, past recipient of a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship and a Leadership Wyoming alumnus (Class of 2017). Dr. Hodza currently serves on the Board of Directors of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science. His current research interests include unmanned aerial systems, multimodal GIS education, positivity GIS, immersive geovisualization, and spatial data science. Once again, congratulations to Dr. Hodza on this significant achievement!


  • Driese Appointed Emeritus Lecturer
    The University of Wyoming Board of Trustees recently approved WyGISC Senior Lecturer and former Geospatial Information and Technology (GIST&T) Program Director Dr. Ken Driese as Emeritus Senior Lecturer.

    The title of Emeritus Senior Lecturer is awarded to faculty members who retire after long and meritorious service to the University.

    Driese joined WyGISC in 2001 as a remote sensing scientist, where he established a remote sensing lab and began teaching the core of the remote sensing curriculum at UW. Following subsequent appointments in the Botany Department and Life Sciences Program, Driese returned to WyGISC in 2019 to help design, launch, and direct the Center’s new interdisciplinary GIST Program before retiring earlier this year.

“This is a well-deserved appointment, recognizing Ken’s many contributions to WyGISC and the UW community,” notes WyGISC Director Jeff Hamerlinck.

Congratulations, Ken!






  • Daniels Fund Faculty Fellows Selected at UW
    The Business Ethics Program at the University of Wyoming, supported by the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative (DFEI), recently named 15 UW employees as 2021 Daniels Fund Faculty Fellows.



  • UW Professor Has Shared Satellite Images With Laramie Schools For Last Decade
    Years ago, Ramesh Sivanpillai had a feeling that satellite images taken from afar could help bring some closer perspective to lessons being taught to Laramie students in elementary and middle school.

    It turns out he was on to something. Sivanpillai, a senior research scientist from the University of Wyoming’s Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC), has been visiting classrooms with his images -- depicting everything from crop fields to forests to lakes to cities to water diversion in the Aral Sea -- for a decade now. 



  • GeoHub Website Updated
    The Wyoming Geospatial Hub (GeoHub) website was updated. The site leverages ESRI's Open Data platform in ArcGIS Hub

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WyGISC Geospatial Forums - Fall 2023

When we have speakers available, there are talks in Engineering room 2105 every Wednesday from 12:10pm - 1:00pm.

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9-H SmartRanch - Drone Operations

In this internship/project, a team of four UW students will apply their collective education, training,
and experience in addressing research questions related to the identification of weed species using drone-mounted sensors, image processing software, and machine learning techniques. Students will further explore the use of drones for precise herbicide application and mosquito breeding abatement. The team will be mentored by faculty from UW’s interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Science & Technology (GIST) Program.