Des Plaines, Ill., Nov. 14, 2013—URISA is pleased to announce that Ryan Elizabeth Bowe, GISP has been named URISA's Young Professional of the Year in recognition of her outstanding efforts as part of URISA's Vanguard Cabinet. Since 2005, Ryan has worked as a GIS Technician at Photo Science, Inc. – A Quantum Spatial Company, in Lexington, Kentucky. She is a Certified GIS Professional and has been an active and contributing member of numerous URISA committees and programs, most notably leading a URISA Lab on “Metadata”.
The Vanguard Cabinet (VC) is a URISA initiative which debuted in 2011 to engage young GIS practitioners (35 and under), increase their numbers in the organization, and better understand the concerns facing these future leaders of the GIS community. The Cabinet’s mission is to collaborate with URISA’s Board of Directors and Committees in creating and promoting programs and policies of benefit to young professionals. Comprised entirely of passionate young members selected from different geospatial disciplines, the Cabinet aims to position URISA as the center of opportunities for creative young professionals who are committed to improving URISA and the geospatial profession via innovation, collaboration, networking, and professional development.