The Stuckeman School and the Department of Architecture are proud to host Jack Dangermond, founder and president of the world’s leading geographic information system (GIS) software developer – Esri – as part of the Bracken Lecture Series.
With a background in landscape architecture and urban design, Dangermond and his wife, Laura, founded the Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri) in 1969 with the idea that computer-based mapping and analysis could make significant contributions to geographic planning and environmental science. Over the past 50 years, the company has grown to include 49 offices worldwide, 11 research centers and more than 350,000 user organizations around the globe. The company’s ArcGIS is the world’s largest-selling GIS software product.
A self-made businessman, Dangermond is a pioneer in the commercialization of GIS software and has been recognized by Forbes magazine for his success in the tech industry. He has been a constant supporter of using geographic information science for the benefit of communities and the environment. One example of his efforts has been Esri’s framework for sustainable development in which the company provides data and tools to aid organizations and governments in developing green infrastructure strategies.