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March 28, 2012

Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri (Environmental Systems Research Institute), will give a public lecture, “Mapping and Geographic Analysis Supports Collaboration and Decision Making,” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S, on the University of Minnesota’s Minneapolis campus.

In 1968 Dangermond earned a Master of Architecture degree from the university, with a focus on landscape architecture and urban planning. In 2008 he was presented an honorary Doctor of Science degree for his pioneering geographic information system (GIS) research and work.

Dangermond and his wife, Laura, founded Esri 1969 as a small research group in Redlands, Calif., focused on land use planning and decision-making. Today Esri is a software giant, providing research and tools that are instrumental in the diverse work of their over 350,000 clients worldwide. From distribution routes and surveying, to hurricane response management and cancer risk analysis, Esri technology is a staple for public entities and private companies around the globe.

Dangermond is invited to campus as the first Distinguished Visiting Fellow of the Institute on the Environment (IonE). Sponsored jointly by IonE and the College of Design, the lecture is free and open to the public; however, pre-registration is required. To register, or for more information on the event, visit

More on Jack Dangermond, including a recent New York Times feature, can be found at

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