On Jan 24, 2013, the UA Student Chapter of the ASPRS hosted a Geospatial Information and Technology Showcase, with support from the Central Region of the ASPRS (now part of the Heartland Region) and CAST (Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies). As President of the student chapter at the time, I organized and coordinated the entire event. This open-house style recruiting event, which doubled as an ASPRS Technical Session for the Central Region, included presentations and demonstrations by researchers at CAST, others from the University, and representatives from both government and private industry. It also featured a hardware exhibition with over half a million dollars in professional laser scanners, radar, GPS, an octocopter (UAV for medium-range remote sensing), and other geospatial equipment on display for students and guests.
There were presentations on lidar, radar, environmental degradation, archaeology, photogrammetry, hydrologic modeling, asprs certification, advanced visualization technologies and more. CAST’s new RazorVue system, a 10ft X 4ft multitouch display with motion-control peripherals, was also featured in several presentations. Presenters included: Brian Bunker, Dr. Malcolm Williamson, Hanna Ford, Dr. Fred Limp, Matt Tenney, Dr. Richard Coffman, Elizabeth McCartney, Adam Barnes, Dr. Jason Tullis, Julian Santa-Rita, and Dr. Jack Cothren. Several others also helped with the hardware exhibition portion.
In all, there were over 50 guests, including numerous undergraduate students not yet members of the ASPRS. Dr. Jason Tullis, the faculty advisor for the student chapter, said this was easily the best attended and most successful event in the chapter’s history. Elizabeth McCartney, President of the Central Region ASPRS attended the event and was impressed by the quality of the technical presentations and enthusiasm of the University of Arkansas student chapter – “We are moving into an exciting year in the Central Region, and our student chapters are leading the way.” Based on the success of the showcase, the chapter unanimously agreed to make the Geospatial Information and Technology Showcase an annual event.