News from Marshallplan Plan Foundation scholarship recipient Daniel Beene

alt text
Spatial Information Management

Daniel Beene from New Mexico, guest researcher at CUAS and recipient of the Marshallplan Foundation scholarship, works at a project that utilizes high-tech drone imagery to model hydrologic phenomena. In an interview he talks about his daily work:

"Since May, I have been a guest researcher at CUAS as a recipient of the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation scholarship. The 70-year-old foundation has the mission of fostering collaborative learning between the United States of America and Austria. I believe it is more important now than ever to maintain these scholastic bonds and knowledge bases through a cross-cultural lens, and I am happy to be a part of that endeavor.

Under the guidance of Dr. Gernot Paulus, I have worked for the last three months to develop a project that utilizes high-tech drone imagery to model hydrologic phenomena, hopefully with implications in the realm of resilience and human equity. Our semi-regular talks have opened up new ways of thinking and tackling problems.

The learning opportunities at CUAS are numerous, with a colloquium series, an open-format geoinformatics lab, and excursions around Carinthia and greater Austria. The university also funded my attendance at the GI-Forum Conference in Salzburg, where I was able to meet fascinating geographers and learn about the array of research that dominates our robust field.

Of course, my time has not been entirely research and school – I have been able to travel (this is my first time to Europe) and experience the rich heritage of Carinthia through the Kirchtag Festival, walking tours, hikes, bike rides, and near-daily visits to one of the many lakes within walking distance. And while Austria provided little respite from the Chihuahuan Desert summer heat in my home state of New Mexico, I have been able to marvel at the stunning beauty of the land here. I will surely cherish this time for years."

Contact (Marshallplan Foundation Scholarship and Drone Project):

FH-Prof. Mag. Dr.  Gernot Paulus,  MSc. MA
Professor for Geoinformation
+43 (0)5 90500-2240