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NSF-ATE Annual PI conference - Championing National Efforts to Increase participation in STEM


Professors Ratan Dhar and Sunil Bhaskaran PIs of the Pathways to Geospatial Technology and Careers NSF-ATE program at CUNY led a team of students and research associates to the NSF-ATE Annual PI conference. Zahira and Ushana two outstanding students affiliated to both York college and the BCC Geospatial Center of the CUNY CREST Institute [BGCCCI] were awarded scholarships to attend the NSF-ATE Annual Principal Investigators Conference held at the historic OmniShore Ham hotel from the 23-25th october, 2019. They presented snippets of their ongoing research projects in Moldova and Quality of life Indicators and interacted with the scholars and peers from various universities and federal and private agencies across the country. The director of BGCCCI attended breakfast round table sessions with the GeoTech Center - A National Center of Excellence in Geospatial Technology supported by NSF-ATE program. Shawn Shields a Professor of Chemistry who now teaches geospatial technology was overawed by the potential applications of spectroscopy and its applications to geospatial technology that she had taken up full time teaching in GIS!! There were applications of Drone mapping and post processing including orthorectification techniques and key note speeches in AI that were well received. Thank you to the NSF-ATE directorate and amazing team of directors to facilitate these national meetings and keep the brain storming sessions going!!

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