‘Students will be our partners or customers in the future’

Hexagon, Polytechnic University of Madrid receive Industry-Academia Engagement Award

In “The Nicomachean Ethics,” Aristotle said, “For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them…”

Learning allows us to continue transforming and improving, much like technology. For us to truly understand how technology operates, we must use it. Learning how to navigate a piece of technology revolves around being curious, making mistakes and trying again until you understand it.

Innovative partnerships

Understanding the functionality of a piece of technology is much easier when you have practical knowledge of it. That’s why Hexagon’s Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial division developed education programs for universities, allowing students to utilize applicable technologies while pursuing their degrees. Hexagon’s education programs equip students with knowledge of advanced technology and innovative tools that prepare them for careers in geospatial fields.

In March 2022, Polytechnic University of Madrid partnered with Hexagon to implement ERDAS IMAGINE, Hexagon’s leading geospatial data authoring system, for students to use as a standard tool during their remote sensing coursework. This benefits students pursuing degrees in engineering topography, geodesy and cartography; agronomic, food and biosystems engineering; roads canals and ports; or mining engineering.

“My favorite aspect of Hexagon’s education program is offering professionals of the future the most cutting-edge technology on the market that’s also within their field of learning,” said Julio Lerena Fernández, Luciad sales manager for the Iberian Peninsula at Hexagon’s Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial division. “The students will be our partners or customers in the future. So, it’s important for us to hear their concerns, challenges and needs to continue improving our technology every day.”

Partnership receives Industry-Academia Engagement Award

Leading up to Geospatial World’s GeoBuiz Summit this year in Monterey, California, Hexagon and Polytechnic University of Madrid were unanimously selected by a jury to receive the Industry-Academia Engagement Award.

“Jury members recognized that this partnership is a step towards investing in the future,” said Vaishali Dixit, regional director of the Americas at Geospatial World. “Hexagon is providing ERDAS IMAGINE software for students to use as they learn about remote sensing during earning their degree. Since students will already be familiar with ERDAS IMAGINE when they graduate, the program will benefit them when they enter the field of working professionals. Therefore, this partnership between Hexagon and Polytechnic University of Madrid deserves to be recognized on a global scale.”

Students are the professionals of tomorrow and giving them access to the most advanced geospatial technology equips them for success. Hexagon is thankful to Geospatial World for this recognition and is committed to investing in the future through education programs and partnerships.

“Hexagon has always been close to universities by introducing applications and hardware to students,” said Serafin Lopez-Cuervo Medina, Ph.D. professor for the Surveying, Geodesy and Cartography Engineering Technical School at Polytechnic University of Madrid. “This is valuable and helpful for professors and students. By doing this, Hexagon has created opportunities for new engineers once they graduate.”

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