Brian Everitt is USC Spatial’s 2018 EDC Student of the Year

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Dr. Jennifer Swift, Associate Professor (Teaching) of Spatial Sciences and the USC Spatial Sciences Institute Director of the USC Esri Development Center (EDC), has announced that Brian Everitt is the 2018 USC Spatial EDC Student of the Year award winner. Everitt is a student in USC Spatial’s M.S. in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) Program.

The USC Spatial EDC faculty evaluation committee selected Everitt’s work “Earthquake Awareness, Response, and Recovery Web Mapping Application: A USC Wicked Problems Practicum Solution for the Older Adults of Los Angeles for Earthquake Emergency Events” for its exemplary contribution to the development of novel GIS-based tools, techniques, or models.

As the 2018 EDC Student of the Year, Everitt will receive plaque at the May 11, 2018 Spatial Sciences Institute Commencement reception on the USC campus and a cash prize of $500.

His project also will be entered in the International EDC Student of the Year competition by the Esri Education Team open to all Esri Education Development Centers. The winner chosen by Esri receives a plaque from Esri, a cash prize, and registration, hotel, and travel funds to attend an award ceremony at the Esri User Conference to be held in San Diego, California in July 2018.

Honorable mentions also were awarded to M.S. in GIST student Allen Branch for his work “Developing Real Estate Blockchains Using GIS" and to M.S. in GIST student Phil Conner for his work “Exploring Commercial Catch: Creating a Responsive Florida Fisheries Web GIS Using ASP .NET, the Esri JavaScript API 4.x, and Calcite Maps.”

“This was the most challenging year yet for the USC Spatial EDC faculty evaluation committee for choosing the best submission,” said Swift. “We congratulate Brian Everitt, Allen Branch, and Phil Conner on their accomplishments, and look forward to them presenting their work at future conferences.”

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