URISA has named Ryan Elizabeth Bowe the organization’s Young Professional of the Year for her efforts as part of URISA’s Vanguard Cabinet.

Bowe has worked as a GIS technician at Photo Science Inc., a Quantum Spatial Company, in Lexington, Ky., since 2005.

Ryan Elizabeth Bowe received URISA's Young Professional of the Year award. (Photo courtesy URISA)

A certified GIS professional, Bowe has contributed to several URISA committees and programs, and she helped lead a URISA Lab on metadata.

URISA started the Vanguard Cabinet in 2011 to improve engagement with GIS practitioners ages 35 and under. The cabinet not only seeks to increase the number of young members in the organization but also to collaborate with URISA’s board of directors in creating and promoting programs to benefit young professionals.