The 2021 Virginia Tech Office of GIS and Remote Sensing (OGIS) Research Symposium

The Virginia Tech OGIS Symposium was held (virtually this year) on April 30th, 2021. We had 2 dynamic keynote speakers and an amazing display of student research experience through the Virtual Student Poster Session.  The OGIS Symposium continues to provide an opportunity for students, faculty, and professionals from the VT community and beyond to come together and share their geospatial research, expertise, and experience.  Feel free to download the Symposium program and speaker bios.

Program presentation highlights included keynote presentations, followed by Virtual Student Poster Winners.

Keynote Presentations:

  • Commercial, Space-Based Remote Sensing: From Science to Business
    Presenter:  Wesley Lawson, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for the Mission Solutions Operation (MSO) at Leidos.
  • Comparing Machine Learning Techniques for Estimating Soil Moisture Content Using Landsat and Sentinel Satellite Imagery
    Presenter:  Sanaz Shafian, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences. Blacksburg, VA.

Virtual Student Poster Presentations

20 undergraduate and graduate student posters were presented through a lightning style format.  Student poster presentation awards are provided by VirginiaView, and are archived via VTechWorks.

Congratulations to our student poster session award winners!

Undergraduate Student Poster Winners

  • 3rd place:  Sierra Moore were
  • 2nd place:  Maya Atkins
  • 1st place: Andrea Granger

Graduate Student Poster Winners

  • 3rd place:  Sarah N. Power
  • 2nd place:  Sonam Sherpa
  • 1st place:  Danielle DuChesne

Learn more about OGIS from here.

For questions and additional information, please contact one of the OGIS co-chairs:

Shane Coleman ( ) or John McGee ( )