Cameron Tech Night to tackle Geographical Information Systems

Cameron University's upcoming Tech Night, sponsored by the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies (CETES), will feature a presentation on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) on Tuesday, November 17.  CU faculty members Mark Polson and Andrew Duffield will be on hand to discuss GIS applications such as ArcGIS and Google Earth to show how businesses are using GIS to help solve their business problems. Tech Night starts at 6 p.m. in Room 207 of CETES on the Cameron campus. The monthly event is free and open to any individual excited by or working in technology. Refreshments will be provided.

 "Many business, conservation, research and educational enterprises can benefit from GIS technology," says Arun Tilak, director of CETES. "GIS is a merging of cartography and database technology and is an exciting, broad-reaching innovation."

"Geography plays a role in nearly every decision that businesses make," says Polson. "Choosing sites, targeting market segments, planning distribution networks, responding to emergencies, or redrawing country boundaries are all problems that involve questions of geography. GIS allows businesses to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. This technology helps answer questions and solve problems by looking at data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared, as GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework."

CETES is located on the west side of the Cameron campus. From 38th Street, follow C Avenue to the three-way stop, then turn left (north) and proceed to CETES.

For more information about Tech Night, contact Arun Tilak at 580-581-5446 or


November 13, 2009