Survey Officer, Government of Nepal
Even while studying for her bachelor’s in geomatics engineering at the Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University, Shristi Paudel was becoming deeply involved in volunteer work for her community and for geospatial initiatives and programs, both locally and internationally. This included volunteer work recognized by the International Federation Surveyors and the Young Surveyors Network, disaster and humanitarian relief, local district planning, literature, and human rights. Since graduation, Paudel has served as a land information system associate for a United Nations human settlement program and is now a survey officer with the government of Nepal.
In addition to these accomplishments, we were drawn to an example of Paulel’s research and its companion presentation concerning smart cities. This informative presentation covers the various elements of smart cities—without the hype and in a practical manner—with fundamental and essential considerations. It provides examples of successful smart-city implementations around the world, including technological triumphs as well as socio-economic and environmental considerations. That a surveyor, so early in her career, is exploring subjects of such global importance is an example of the depth and breadth of geospatial careers these young practitioners are forging.