About U-Spatial

U-Spatial serves and drives a fast-growing need for expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial computing across the University. Spatiality is a ‘Rosetta Stone’ for transdisciplinary teams. While we collaborate closely with large research centers and programs, U-Spatial also purposely seeks to serve researchers working in the so-called “long tail” of the scientific enterprise. These are often smaller projects that cannot support full-time spatial research staff, but with a little help from U-Spatial, cumulatively provide a good deal of critical research that advances the many missions of a land-grant university and offer disproportionately great benefits.

U-Spatial is part of Research Computing, a center in the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) at the University of Minnesota that consolidates management of research computing services. U-Spatial is a lean center that collaborates with departments and centers, seeking to meet fast-growing demand for core services such as the help desk and training, while creating new opportunities and synergies around spatial research, teaching, and service. U-Spatial has been nationally recognized in many venues as a leading model for how universities can successfully integrate spatial data, visualization, analysis, and spatial thinking. 

U-Spatial was originally funded for $2.5 million over 2011-2016, two-thirds of which is from the Office of Vice President for Research (OVPR) Infrastructure Investment Initiative and one-third is contributed by the units listed below. Learn more about U-Spatial from this book chapter, “U-Spatial: Support for Research and Teaching at the Spatial University.

College of Design
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
College of Liberal Arts
College of Science and Engineering
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs
Enterprise GIS
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Institute on the Environment
Minnesota Population Center
Office of Information Technology
School of Public Health
UMD Geospatial Analysis Center
University of Minnesota Extension Service

University of Minnesota Libraries


  • Brittany Krzyzanowski
    Brittany Krzyzanowski
  • Claudia Neuhauser
    Claudia Neuhauser,Director
  • Grace Johnson
    Grace Johnson
  • Jeff Kropelnicki
    Jeff Kropelnicki
  • Josh Donato
    Josh Donato
  • Katie Stinebaugh
    Katie Stinebaugh
  • Kshitij Aranke
    Kshitij Aranke
  • Len Kne
    Len Kne, Associate Director
  • Lucas Winzenburg
    Lucas Winzenburg
  • Peter Wiringa
    Peter Wiringa
  • Rebecca Barney
    Rebecca Barney

Past Research Assistants

Agata Miszczyk / Coleman Shepard / Corey Betchwars / Jacob Hartle / Kris Johnson / Molly McDonald / Sharvari Sangle / Steve Peyton / Steve Schmidt / Taylor Long / Teran Smith / Yilun (Allen) Lin / Yiqun (Ian) Xie / Yingbin (Ben) Liang


Upcoming Events

December 7, 2016 -
8:30am to 4:30pm

This seven-hour workshop introduces participants to using a geographic information system (GIS) to analyze data and create maps. Through a combination of presentations and...