The MS GIS and GEOINT programs host the MS Capstone Symposium biannually, where students present their capstone projects, marking the culmination of their graduate studies. This event provides a platform for students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge through independent research or design projects.

In this year's symposium, held on May 14 and 16, students demonstrated an array of projects that leveraged GIS, spatial analysis, modeling, remote sensing, web app development and geospatial intelligence. Both online lightning talks and an in-person poster session provided platforms for the cohort to showcase their work to an unprecedented audience.

View recordings of the online lightning talks.

Student Presenters

Name Captsone Title
Fernanda Argueta Deploying a Dynamic Dashboard for MCD64A1 C6.1 Burned Area Estimates Across Distinct Spatial Scales
Dale Bowen  Comparative Analysis of Machine Learning Algorithms for Predicting Future Saltwater Intrusion Impacts on Farmland using Land Cover Change Models in Talbot County, MD
Brandon Bush Assessing the Water Contamination Potential of Drilled Wells in the Rural Villages of Indonesia: A Case Study of the Clean Water Program
Janna Chapman Changes in the Determinants of Travel Demand for the Washington DC Metrorail System After COVID-19: Influencing Sustainable Urban Development
Rachel Dieman Identifying Bee Habitat Changes and Honey Production Disruptions in Donetsk, Ukraine as a Result of the Russian Invasion
Travis Harrison Unveiling the Battle-Scarred Fields: Leveraging Python, Remote Sensing, and Machine Learning to Assess Agricultural Impact in Post-Invasion Ukraine
Adam Kendall  Global Flood Monitoring Application: Rapid Assessment with GEE, DSWE, and WNDWI of the 2023 Somalia Flooding
Carlee King Combatting Chinese Expansionism: How the US Military Can Help Deter the Threat in the Pacific
Polina Kuzmina Maternal Mortality in Georgia: A Study on Social and Spatial Determinants
Christian Moyer   Let Me Be, Let Me Pee: A New Safe Web Application for the Transgender Community to Locate Bathrooms"
Gabriel Noble

Assessing Riparian Buffer Zones and their Impact on Nutrient Runoff in the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Sarah Rosecrans Bike, Commute, Connect: Mapping DMV’s Bike Network
Angela Scafidi Geospatial Data for Local Climate Planning: Tree Planting in Howard County, MD
Molly Schreier From Redlining to High Energy Burden: An Environmental Justice Approach to Surface Urban Heat Islands and Mitigation Efforts in Baltimore
Elizabeth Thilmany Analyzing the Utility-Scale Solar Energy Landscape in Maryland: A Geospatial and Regulatory Assessment
Karina Urquhart

Reducing Sensor Artifacts in Multibeam Backscatter Data Layers for the Purpose of Seafloor Classification

Nicholas Weishaar AGEAS: The ACLED Geo-Event Automated Service
Todd Weliver An Analysis of Baltimore Squeegee Worker Locations and how Poverty and Other Factors Determine Where They Work
Kalpatrick Wells Geospatial Representation of the People’s Republic of China's Overseas Military Basing

Congratulations to all MS GIS and GEOINT Spring graduates on earning their degrees!

3-photo collage of capstone event
Top photo: MS GIS Director Jack Ma, first from the left, MS GEOINT Director Han Ruibo, third from the right (back row), Principal Lecturer Jonathan Resop, first from the right, with Spring '24 cohort of students. Bottom right: Student in green talks about her poster; Bottom left: Professor Kathleen Stewart discusses student's project.

Main photo: Symposium attendees explore student posters.

posters showcase