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February 28, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Category: Lunch
Location: Tierney Alumni House | Map
5510 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students

Enjoy a complimentary lunch alongside Greg Babinski '77, '71 as he reflects on a Lifelong Geographic Expedition from Wayne State, to Seattle, and back. Hear how he utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping to promote equity and social justice in a major metropolitan community. 

Babinski is Marketing and Business Development Manager for the King County GIS Center in Seattle, where he has worked since 1998. Previously he worked for nine years as GIS Mapping Supervisor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District in Oakland.

He holds an MA in geography from Wayne State University. Greg is a GISP – Certified GIS Professional. Babinski is Past-President of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and founder and Past-Chair of URISA’s GIS Management Institute. In 2005 he founded The Summit – the Washington State GIS Newsletter.

Greg originated the URISA GIS Capability Maturity Model and participated in the development of the Geospatial Management Competency Model.

Most recently Greg has focused on the application of GIS for issues related to equity and social justice. He is co-author of the URISA-Certified Introduction to GIS for Equity and Social Justice Workshop. He is an American Geographical Society 2019-2020 Ethical GEO Fellow.

In addition to GIS consulting, he is a GIS researcher, author, and instructor. He has spoken about GIS management across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Greg has also taught GIS for Public Policy as an instructor with the University of Washington Evans Graduate School of Public Administration. In his spare time, Greg likes hiking steep, narrow and dangerous trails that lead high above the clouds to awesome views.

For more information about this event, please contact Steve Zoski at (313) 577-1171 or steve.zoski@wayne.edu.