About TUgis

TUgis is a cooperative undertaking of three primary partners—Maryland State Geographic Information Committee, Maryland Department of Information Technology, and Towson University—and is overseen by the TUgis Advisory Committee, which is dedicated to growing and empowering the GIS community throughout the Mid-Atlantic.


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    TUgis Advisory Committee

    The TUgis Advisory Committee functions in an oversight and advisory capacity to ensure that the TUgis conference addresses the needs of the GIS community. Sub-committees focus on specific sectors to grow participation and increase the quality of the conference each year.

    Jonathan Dandois, Johns Hopkins University

    Linda Loubert, Ph.D., GISP, Morgan State University

    Sean Lynn, Washington College

    Marty Roberge, Ph.D., Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson University

    Ardys Russakis, Strategic Partnerships & Applied Research, Towson University

    Patrick Callahan, Prince George’s County

    Julia Fischer, GISP, Maryland State Department of IT

    John Lesko, Maryland State Department of IT

    Katy Maglio, Anne Arundel County

    Shawn Wampler, City of Annapolis

    Anthony Dowell, AECOM

    Erick Quintanilla, Accurate Infrastructure Data, Inc.

    Marshall Stevenson, Whitney Bailey Cox Magnani, LLC

    Niki Miller, Chair, MSGIC

    Shawn Pickett, Vice Chair, MSGIC

    Graham Twibell, Past Chair, MSGIC

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Year over year, we are very pleased with consistent and increased participation in TUgis. We’ve developed a comprehensive FAQ to help answer your questions.

    TUgis is held at TU to support a low-cost, but high quality conference for you, our attendees. The TUgis advisory committee considers the location each year, but key factors continue to anchor the conference to TU, including the space needed to maintain and evolve programming and to maintain registration fees.

    The academic calendar drives when TUgis is held. TUgis brings a large number of visitors to campus and the goal is to ensure we have adequate, easily accessible space. While TUgis was historically held during the spring semester, scheduling conflicts caused TUgis to move to August.

    Each year the TUgis advisory committee evaluates event outcomes (survey responses, session attendance numbers, exhibitor feedback, presenter evaluations, and staff observations) which influences changes in the programming schedule. The committee takes a lot of time debating the flow of the conference and how well it will be received by attendees. Our goal is to give as many people as possible the chance to share their work during presentations while still dedicating ample networking time. We believe having choices about what to attend is a really good thing for everyone.

    These five goals are at the core of all decisions made when establishing the programming for TUgis each year:

    1. Build and foster relationships within the GIS community
    2. Expose students to the GIS profession
    3. Share best practices for using GIS to address critical issues
    4. Highlight the latest advances in the field
    5. Celebrate the accomplishments and work of GIS colleagues

    People = Networking

    This is one of the most significant parts of TUgis—the opportunity to connect and re-connect with peers, partners, and friends. Year after year this is reported as what attendees enjoy most about TUgis.

    The advisory committee is responsible for creating the entire TUgis program and schedule. This is an active committee—all members pitch in to support TUgis. New members are invited to join this volunteer committee as this is what keeps our event ideas current and relevant to our audience.

    TUgis is a partnership between Towson University, Maryland Department of IT, and Maryland State Geographic Information Committee (MSGIC). Since 2013, these three entities have been locked in arm to grow, improve, and provide Maryland GIS professionals with a valuable event.