Harris-Stowe State University Launches Geospatial Tech Lab in Missouri

Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) recently opened a satellite location at the T-REX incubator in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. The GeoHornet Lab, named for the university’s mascot, will focus on education and career development opportunities in the geospatial technology industry.

The new lab serves as an operation center for activities under an agreement announced in 2020 between HSSU and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) to collaborate on developing future STEM educators and encouraging interest in related topics among students.

In addition to developing future STEM teachers, the partnership between HSSU and NGA is also focused on the following:

  • Providing HSSU students and faculty with access to NGA’s personnel, facilities, and technology so they can learn about and collaborate in the disciplines associated with NGA’s mission.
  • Allowing NGA scientists and professionals to leverage the educational knowledge and capabilities of HSSU students and faculty to execute their mission.
  • Encouraging early interest in STEM topics by people at NGA and HSSU at all stages of their academic careers.
  • Providing the potential for more opportunities for HSSU and NGA to work together in areas of mutual opportunity, including on topics of critical thinking and analysis.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the addition of Harris-Stowe programming to our center,” said Mark Tatgenhorst, Geospatial Program Director at T-REX. “Between Harris-Stowe, NGA, the many geospatial partners making connections within our building, and our neighbors to the north in the Globe Building, Square, and others, we are truly building something special here much greater than the sum of our parts.”

Companies in Missouri can rely on universities such as HSSU to provide them with the most knowledgeable, skilled, and diverse workforce in the nation. Check out the video below to learn more about HSSU’s commitment to workforce development.

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