Kurt Menke

 

 


 

A former archeologist, Kurt Menke is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) and has worked in the GIS field since 1996. He received a Masters degree in Geography from the University of New Mexico in 2000. That same year he founded Bird’s Eye View to apply his expertise with GIS technology towards ecological conservation. Kurt is active in both in the local GIS community and the greater conservation community. He currently serves as President of the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council. He has served on the planning committee for the annual Society for Conservation GIS Annual Conference. He teaches GIS at UNM’s Division of Continuing Education, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, and Central New Mexico Community College. Kurt served on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC) for 8 years and is a past president.

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This course provides a rich introduction to the booming technology field of Geographic Information Systems, known as GIS. The GIS industry is exploding at double-digit employment and income numbers and promises employment opportunities well into the future. Students will learn the fundamentals of GIS and how to build digital maps using open source software that allows free unlimited use for private or commercial applications. All data and software required is included in the course.

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