Interdisciplinary team earns Brandman group a ‘Happy Customer’ nod from Esri

March 16, 2018 by Cindy O’Dell

A team from Brandman, including faculty, staff and a student, represented the university at Esri’s Education Open House earlier in March.

Lindsay Yossef, Katy Curameng, Melissa Meyer, Jalin Johnson, Jennifer Woodward and Sheila Steinberg at the Esri Higher Education Open House.

Brandman’s innovative collaboration with Esri for curriculum design and delivery put the university in the “Happy Customer” category along with nine other organizations, agencies and international groups.

Attending from Brandman were Katy Curameng, director of Career Services; Sheila L. Steinberg, Ph.D., professor of social and environmental sciences at Brandman; Lindsay Yossef, Ed.D., instructional designer for the Center for Instructional Innovation; Jalin Johnson, Ed.D., assistant professor in the School of Business & Professional Studies; Melissa Meyer, J.D., assistant professor in the School of Arts and Sciences; and Jennifer Woodward, an undergraduate student majoring in integrated social science and whose coursework used Esri geographic information systems mapping and analytics software.

“As a novice to GIS, it was exciting to see the live demonstrations. We learned about its applications and job prospects for the future. Esri was very welcoming to the Brandman team,” said Meyer.

“It was impressive to watch how Esri uses GIS in action and learn more about the skills and opportunities this technology can provide to our students in reaching their career goals. Hearing about the work ESRI is doing to bring in and support new professionals in this field through various programs was extremely inspiring,” said Curameng.

In addition to presentations about ArcGis Learn, Living Atlas and the “Science of Where,” the Brandman team learned about potential career and internship options for students at Esri.

The university and Esri are partnering on creating programs for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a certificate program for nonprofits. For additional information about the nonprofit certificate program, sign up for a webinar here.


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