Pai Hui Yu, MAS-GIS student, wins national GIS award

Pai Hui Yu, a student in this year’s MAS-GIS program, has been selected as one of two winners of the Masters Scholarship Award given each year by the Cartography and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS). 

CaGIS is a US-based organization with an international membership of developers, researchers and educators in the fields of cartography and GIScience, and is host to AutoCarto, an international conference that focuses on current research developments in cartography and GIScience. 

As part of her work with Dr. Scott Cloutier at the ASU School of Sustainability, Pai is using GIS to visualize and analyze how community development and sustainability implementations related to healthy food access, water, energy, and transportation management can improve the overall quality of life. She uses data collected from neighborhood surveys to develop informative maps and efficiently pin-point target areas for sustainability development. Through her work, she hopes to create a framework which aims at capturing how sustainability practices can affect neighborhood satisfaction and ultimately convey results to government and city decision-makers.

Pai also works as an intern at the Maricopa County Flood Control District, where she contributes to efforts to improve watershed infrastructure management and maintenance using GIS.  While working on her undergraduate degree in environmental science and management with a minor in remote sensing, Pai interned at the US Forest Service and at the Center for Spatial Technologies and Remote Sensing at UC Davis.

Pai’s advisor in the MAS-GIS program is Stephanie Deitrick, MAS-GIS program director and lecturer in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning.