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BPCC instructor one of 75 nationwide to be chosen for Google summit

SalinasBPCC Technology, Engineering and Mathematics instructor Carrie Salinas has been chosen to attend Google’s Geo for Higher Ed Summit 2013 on July 22-24 at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, California. She is one of 75 applicants nationwide chosen to attend the summit.

The three-day, hands-on technical workshop, hosted by Google, will “bring together instructors and researchers in GIS (geographical information systems) and remote sensing technologies from higher education institutions.” The workshops will connect the participants with Google instructors and engineers who will give them resources for using these tools in research and teaching.

Salinas, who applied through Google’s application process, is honored to be one of the few chosen for the summit.

“The Geo for Higher Ed Summit is a huge opportunity to gain knowledge and resources related to GIS, specifically geared to Google-based tools,” says Salinas.  “Upon return, these tools can be shared with students, allowing them ability to collect, host, analyze, visualize, and publish pertinent map data.”

According to the website, “the workshop is designed for mapping and technology specialists, instructors, faculty, and advisers in higher education research and teaching, who are actively working on projects or teaching courses related to mapping.  Special attention will be paid to new Google tools, including Google Maps Engine, Google Earth Engine, and others.”

Salinas, who teaches the oil and gas theory classes at BPCC, plans to utilize the information and resources learns at Google in her oil and gas technology classes.  “The ability for students to understand topography and subsurface data will be valuable to them in the workforce,” says Salinas. “Students will be able to use GIS programs to evaluate geologic, production, and other well data to find oil and gas.”

Salinas adds, “Google Earth has replaced several computer programs previously used for mapping. Being able to teaching students using this technological tool will be a huge advantage for them on the job site,” say Salinas.

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