Yuanchang Zhang

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I have a B.S. in economics and finance from Purdue University and an M.A. in economics from USC. As an economisc student, I was interested in doing research on different domains, such as transportation, education, marketing, and environmental sustainability. I found that geospatial data are widely used in all these fields. However, the volume of geospatial data is increasing dramatically, which means that data-intensive, large-scale, and location-based problems require us to implement big-data technologies in informatics to social science studies. The cross-disciplinary Spatial Informatics program is designed for this demand. I am looking forward to learning the principles and skills in both geographic information system (GIS) and informatics. In the future, I plan to be a data analyst with a specialization in GIS to provide solutions to geospatial-related problems, applying the skill sets offered by the program.

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