Planning Committee


GIS Day is an international celebration of geographic information systems (GIS) technology. GIS is a scientific framework for gathering, analyzing, and visualizing geographic data to help us make better decisions. On GIS Day, we hope to help others learn about geography and the real-world applications of GIS through lightning presentations and GIS workshops.

Detroit has been a hotbed of geospatial data collection, innovative GIS projects, and new applications in GIS for cities.


Alex B. Hill

DETROITography, Founder/Principal

Adjunct Faculty, WSU DUSP

Rayman Mohamed

Chair; Professor;  Graduate Director, WSU Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP)

Joshua Neds-Fox

Coordinator, Digital Publishing, WSU Libraries

Eric Bettis

Assistant Professor, WSU DUSP; Director, Graduate GIS Certificate

Paul Draus

Director, UM Detroit Center

Professor, Sociology, UM-Dearborn

Jacob Napieralski

Director of EIC; Professor of Geology; Director, Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) Program; Director, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate

Djennin Casab

Community Engagement Specialist, Department of Innovation and Technology

Martin DeNicolo

Deputy Director of Open Data, Department of Innovation and Technology