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Heather Hicks

Bio

Heather Hicks is a geospatial leader with 30 years of experience in driving spatial transformations in industry and government applications. She has a background in environmental and natural hazard applications and how spatial technologies lead to process improvements and deeper understanding of spatial interactions. She has been a GISP since 2009.

Professional Background

Heather currently serves as the head of the GIS and Geomatics department for an independent energy company. She oversees a diverse team of geospatial professionals, providing strategic direction and implementing spatial projects for multiple business units and corporate groups. In addition to her department responsibilities, Heather is the founder of the Civitas Women’s Network, an internal organization to promote the visibility and interests of women in our community. Previously, she worked for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, coordinating GIS programs and projects across the state.

Education

Heather holds a B.S. in Geology from the University of Delaware, a B.A. in Geography from the University of Delaware, an M.S. in GIS from the University of Denver, and her Ph.D. in Watershed Science from Colorado State University.

Helping Students be Successful

Heather enjoys mentoring students to envision their potential through investigating spatial applications and developing solutions to investigate their world. She focuses on the holistic geospatial and systemic perspectives to explore geography and create novel approaches to information creation.