Richard Smith

 

 


 

Richard Smith is an Assistant Professor of Geographic Information Science in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. He has a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Georgia and holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. Rick’s research is in cartography, systems integration, and use of geospatial technology for disaster response. He has designed and implemented custom GIS software and authored maps for both the public and private sector. Such projects include designing and authoring a web-based mapping application for NASA, mapping the Columbia Shuttle debris for NASA’s Mishap Investigation Team, developing SituMap, a multi-user, multi-touch, multi-map collaborative single display groupware product, and working with the Center for Robot Assisted Search and Rescue to map debris in a fishing bay in Japan following the 2011 tsunami.

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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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