Student Profile

Hao Zhang
Class of '17

Hao is an upcoming graduate of the Geographic Information Science program. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Geographic Information Science from Beijing Institute of Technology in his home country of China. Hao worked for Gartner inside the University of Illinois Research Park, as a Web Development and Data Visualization Intern. He believes that one of the most beneficial aspects of the program is the Illinois PSM seminar because it "helps prepare you for interviews, teaches you proper business etiquette, and how to communicate professionally."

Geographic Information Science

Capturing cutting-edge geospatial technologies to market and provide real-time information to consumers and businesses is the core of the Geographic Information Science program. 

Geospatial technologies, ranging from GPS-enabled devices to satellite systems and imagery are an integral part of our interconnected world, and are applied in a wide range of industries including agriculture, healthcare, energy, and transportation.

Program graduates build a flexible, cross-disciplinary expertise around a strong GIS core, drawing upon the University of Illinois’s renowned strengths in GIS, informatics, computer science, and related fields.

PSM students will gain a firm foundation in GIS theory and applications, while acquiring business knowledge and professional skills. The professional internship provides students with opportunities to apply their technical and business knowledge in an industrial/organizational setting.

Graduates will be prepared to apply their blended science and business education at companies that utilize GIS to enhance product sales, resource development, business efficiency, and service delivery.

Many business functions rely on geospatial technologies, including:

  • natural resource development
  • marketing analysis
  • site location analysis
  • environmental risk assessment
  • business intelligence operations
  • logistics

The PSM’s science core is complemented by a business curriculum and a cross-disciplinary industry seminar series that offers opportunities for personal interaction with industry and government leaders.

The program is offered by the University of Illinois School of Earth, Society, and Environment.

The program can be completed in 18 months of full-time study on the Urbana-Champaign campus, including required summer enrollment to complete the internship. A thesis is not required.

For additional information, application directions, or to discuss your learning and career objectives, contact Dr. Shakil Kashem, major advisor for GIS, at or (217) 300-3404.

See current IL PSM GIS students’ awards and participation in GIS Day 2016







2018 IL PSM Poster Showcase

Tong "Thom" Gong spent his summer as a Data Science Intern for Corteva Agriscience at the University of Illinois Research Park. He performed data management, processing, and visualization on geospatial models related to the Western Corn Rootworm.





Nattapon "Nathan" Jaroenchai interned with the CyberGIS Center here at the University of Illinois as their website coordinator. Nathan created responsive websites and user-friendly content management systems to showcase the projects and works of the CyberGIS Center.





Aaron King worked this past summer as a GIS Consultant for the Scholarly Commons inside the University of Illinois Library. He helped to solve a variety of student and faculty research problems related to maps and GIS.





Kaixian Yang completed her internship with the Illinois State Water Survey inside the Prairie Research Institute as a GIS intern. She created GIS building footprints using LiDAR data, cleaned and classified the data.




Yatong "Yuki" Zhang did two internships this summer, working as a Remote Sensing Center and GIS Intern for the Illinois State Water Survey and as a GIS Intern for the Institute of Remote Sensing Technology in Henan Aero Geophysical Survey. For ISWS she created GIS building footprints using LiDAR data. At Henan, she created maps based on remote sensing imageries and established a platform for ArcGIS application secondary development. 


Guimin "August" Zhu served as a GIS Intern this past summer for Corteva Agriscience at the University of Illinois Research Park. His project included multi-source crop data pipelines and pest management mapbook tool development.
2017 IL PSM Poster Showcase



Wenhan Kong served as a Geospatial Imagery Analytics Intern this past summer for John Deere at the University of Illinois Research Park. She developed web GIS with imagery analysis; front end: Google Map, deployed server to AWS.






Xu Li has been working for CyberGIS as a GIS intern. He is a GIS front end and parallel library developer for high-performance systems.






Hao Zhang worked this past summer as a Web Development and Data Visualization Intern for Gartner (formerly CEB). He performed front and back-end web development and designed interactive visualization for big data analysis.





Jianwen "Daniel" Zhang interned with ESRI in California. Daniel tested the ESRI ST_Geometry library and monitored NoSQL performance for ArcGIS DataStore






Yunqi "Stephanie" Zhang spent her summer as a GIS intern for Dow AgroScience at the University of Illinois Research Park. She performed data management and visualization on geospatial data and image analysis on drone surveys.




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