Andrew Foy is an Assistant Professor of Geospatial Science at Radford University (RU). He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Geography and a Ph.D. in Geospatial and Environmental Analysis. He began working as a geographer with the National Park Service studying peregrine falcons, and later went to Virginia Tech to work on a National Geospatial Intelligence Agency research project on geospatial data fusion and uncertainty. After completing his graduate degrees and six years as the GIS Coordinator and Developer for the City of Radford he started teaching at Radford University. Recently, he was appointed as the new Director of the GIS Center at Radford University.
His research interests are broadly focused around geospatial data fusion and methods to improve how people analyze and use geographic data spanning from local government to academia. Lately, he has been using LIDAR to create a 3d virtual model of the RU campus for both facilities management and for academic uses. His experience working for Radford City has proven to be a powerful outlet for improving the relationships with residents, the government, and the university, resulting in an internship program, which employs up to three students per year doing GIS for emergency response, utility and asset management, and other municipal applications. In addition to those activities he served on the NRV Hazard Mitigation Plan Steering Committee, and is active in the Virginia Geographic Information Network and Virginia Geographic Alliance..