EnerGIS 2018 - GITA's - Northeastern Energy GIS Conference

Agenda & Keynote Speakers

Patrick Cozzi, CEO


Patrick Cozzi, CEO of Cesium, is personally and professionally dedicated to advancing the field of 3D geospatial. He is a recognized expert in 3D graphics and mapping technology, open standards, and open-source software. 

Patrick was the originator of CesiumJS, an open-source JavaScript library for rendering 

world-class 3D globes and maps. Since 2011, the CesiumJS library has accumulated more than 300,000 lines of source code and more than 600,000 lifetime downloads. Its ecosystem now includes thousands of developers and millions of end-users. 

Patrick originally designed Cesium to visualize satellites in space while working as a Principal Graphics Architect at Analytical Graphics, Inc., an aerospace software company based in Exton, PA. After raising $SM in Series A investment in 2019, Cesium is now its own private entity. A complete platform for 3D geospatial data that includes optimization, visualization, and analytics, Cesium is making an impact across industry and government with applications for drones, autonomous vehicles, energy, and more. 

A longtime champion of open-source technology, Patrick created the Cesium WebGL engine and 3D Tiles, an OGC Community Standard for streaming massive heterogeneous 3D geospatial datasets. He is co-creator of glTF™, the open-standard 3D runtime asset format that has been adopted by Microsoft®, Google®, Oculus®, and NVIDIA®, among others. He is also Chair of the Khronos 3D Formats Working Group. 

Patrick has authored, edited, or contributed to ten books on mapping, computer graphics, and games, including WebGL Insights and OpenGL Insights, which have been translated to Japanese, and 30 Engine Design for Virtual Globes, which is widely considered the seminal text on the subject. 

He is active in the graphics and geospatial communities-facilitating ecosystems and frequently contributing to academic journals and presenting at conferences such as SIGGRAPH and GDC. 

Patrick taught Computer Science for 8 years at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned an MSE in computer science. He also completed a CME from Harvard Business School. 

In his rare downtime, Patrick is an avid reader, boxer, and Philadelphia sports fan.  


Keynote Day 2

Jennifer Harrison, President



Jennifer Harrison, a native of Sturgis, Kentucky, has spent the past 25 years traveling around the US, helping to create a generation of GIS professionals. 

After completing a Master of Science in Geosciences degree at Murray State University in the early 1990’s, Jenny moved to Belmopan, Belize, when she began working for the Lands Department in the Ministry of Natural Resources. As a Land Information Officer there, she was on the team that set up the first GIS in the country, under a project funded by the British Overseas Development Agency and USAID.

Jenny later moved to Houston, Texas, and began supporting geologists, engineers, and geophysicists in the oil industry. In 2001, she started a company, TeachMeGIS, with the goal of getting more people thinking spatially. With ExxonMobil as one of her first clients, she began writing custom courses for companies and traveling around the country teaching GIS. Over the years, TeachMeGIS became the primary GIS training provider for multiple global fortune 100 companies, various state and local governments, and many private companies in industries that range from environmental, public safety, public health, transportation, and oil and gas. Jenny’s training courses, taught by her and her staff, have been held as far away as Tokyo, Thailand, Bahrain, Angola, and Belize. 

Jenny has a husband and three adult children, all of whom have worked with and helped her in the business over the years. The eldest is a second-generation GISer, working as a GIS professional at a major oil company in Houston. Jenny is a GISP, a URISA GIS Corps volunteer, and a Texas Emergency GIS Response Team (EGRT) volunteer. She is passionate about using the power of GIS to help those who are doing good.

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