According to recent news published by University at Buffalo (UB), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGIA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has designated UB as a Center of Academic Excellence in Geospatial Sciences with an interest in building the United States’ expertise in the geospatial field.
As a Center of Academic Excellence, the university will work with the NGIA and USGS to build, strengthen and cultivate the current and future geospatial sciences workforce in support of America’s geospatial intelligence needs and challenges.
UB joins an elite network of institutions nationwide to be designated Centers of Academic Excellence in geospatial sciences education and research. UB qualified for having specialty strengths in geospatial analysis, mapping and design, and remote sensing/imagery analysis.
The Department of Geography and the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at UB, which Bian directs, were instrumental in putting together UB’s application. These two units also will play a lead role in partnering with the federal agencies on new initiatives.