Esri electric heroes inspire
GIS heroes are GIS champions. They have gained respect from electric industry colleagues who see them as problem solvers. Their humble natures and genuine love of GIS make them the people everyone wants to work with. They inspire others to imagine how GIS can help them do their work better. Join us in celebrating these industry leaders who are making a difference every day at their organizations.
Mike Bowen | American Electric Power
Mike Bowen is a true champion and leader at American Electric Power (AEP). He has gone from starting at AEP as a contracted service provider to now leading the GIS business team for AEP Transmission (the largest electric transmission organization in the US). His passion for GIS has allowed him to create hundreds of business GIS applications that simplify how people make critical decisions. He has also documented how the organization benefits from those new applications including significant cost savings and critical analytics for proactive decision-making. He is a true hero in the GIS community.
Glen "Cookie" Cook | Ergon Energy
Glen Cook, known as "Cookie" by his coworkers, is the principal community safety specialist for Ergon Energy, a subsidiary of Energy Queensland in Australia. Cookie has worked for Ergon Energy for five years and is the man behind the Look Up and Live app that earned him the Safety Professional of the Year at the 2020 Australian Workplace Health and Safety Awards. The app is an interactive safety tool that shows the location of overhead power lines, so that people can identify safety risks before they begin work.
Glen Cook aka "Cookie" is an exceptionally innovative leader in utility safety. After investigating hundreds of avoidable accidents, he set his mind on a solution. His vision to reduce injury and property damage with the Look Up and Live app is truly unique in the electric industry. Cookie applies data and location technology to make a tangible difference to real people every day.
Who will be the next Esri Electric GIS Hero?
Do you know someone who uses GIS to create innovative solutions and inspire others?