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UB wins designation for excellence in geospatial sciences, UBNow

UB has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences by two federal agencies with an interest in building the United States’ expertise in the field.

The recognition comes from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGIA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). As a Center of Academic Excellence, the university will work with the NGIA and USGS to build, strengthen and cultivate the current and future geospatial sciences workforce in support of America’s geospatial intelligence needs and challenges.

“We’re now going to be more attuned to the needs of these federal agencies with regard to geospatial science, which is a huge opportunity for our students,” says Sean Bennett, professor and chair of the Department of Geography. “By aligning ourselves with these two very large agencies, we’re hopefully going to create a pipeline for our students who want to work in government, and also in the private sector. We’re now living in a digital world where every sector of society has a need for graduates with the latest knowledge in geospatial sciences.”

Published October 3rd, 2017

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