IDCE Students Profiles

Ryan Norton (GISDE '2011)

Ryan Norton (USA) recently graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, with a B.S. in earth and geographic sciences, with a GIS concentration. A three season runner, Norton ran with the UMass Cross Country and Track Teams where he served as Captain for two years. As President, Norton served on the UMass Student Athlete Advisory Council where he organized department events to promote athletics and provide community events. He has always had a passion for geography and maps, an interest which started early and led to his role as Race Route Coordinator and Volunteer for the 2003, 2004, 2005 Matt Shea Make A Wish Relay. These relays rose over $40,000 for the Make A Wish Foundation to grant wishes to children with life threatening diseases. His Eagle Scout project was based on field research, boundary data, photos and maps for the Walpole Town Forest Committee.