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Steven Hick

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Steven Hick (MA in Geography, University of Missouri-Columbia) is the Director of the Geographic Information Systems program at University College, and is a Professor of the Practice in Geographic Information Science (GIS) in the DU Department of Geography and the Environment. He has led GIS education and research activities in the department for three decades and was instrumental in creating one of the nation’s first Master of Science degrees in GIS.

He also provides crime mapping and analysis technical assistance to law enforcement agencies across the country, having taught crime mapping and analysis in the DU Crime Mapping and Analysis program under the auspices of the US Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. Additional professional interests include Transportation and GIS. He has also taught GIS and Statistics for the Executive Master’s Program at the DU Transportation Institute.

Previous Professional Experience

Prior to joining the DU, Steven was a Technical Consultant at UGC Consulting and was a Cartographer with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (Defense Mapping Agency) at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Before that, he was a Park Ranger with the National Park Service at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and Gateway Arch National Park.
Steven is a Certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) through the GIS Certification Institute and holds an FAA Part 107 remote pilot certification. He received the Faculty Career Champion Award from DU’s Career and Professional Development Office, and the National Geographic Society Certificate of Appreciation from the National Geographic Society.

Helping Students Be Successful

At DU, Steven teaches introductory and advanced GIS, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), project management, crime mapping and analysis, cartography, and spatial statistics. He also supervises numerous GIS Capstone projects, the final work designed and implemented by GIS graduate students.