Elizabeth Marshall

Elizabeth  Marshall
  • BS Applied Geophysics 1985
Elizabeth Marshall graduated from Michigan Tech with a bachelor's degree in Applied Geophysics in 1985. The oil and gas industry was in the doldrums in the mid-80's, so she went on to earn a master's degree in Management Planning and Policy in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan in 1987. As a graduate student, she specialized in remote sensing and was fortunate enough to obtain a job, while a student, at the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM). Her thesis research focused on monitoring acid lakes in the Canadian shield using satellite remote sensing.

Upon graduation, Marshall went on to become a research scientist at ERIM, working in the applications division. There she worked on remote sensing projects involving band optimization, target detection using radar, and other image processing projects.

In 1989, Marshall responded to a long-time desire to go west. She accepted a position in Olympia, Washington, at Economic and Engineering Services, Inc. There she created a Geographic Information System (GIS) practice within this engineering company, providing mapping solutions for cities and counties around the northwest. During this time, Marshall was the founding chair of the Washington URISA (association for GIS Professionals), and she also became a member of American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

In 1994, Marshall founded Marshall and Associates, Inc., where she continues to work today as CEO and President. Her company has attained national recognition for delivery of innovative GIS solutions for clients around the United States and internationally. The focus of her company is the delivery of Marshall's GeoResults software solutions that integrate enterprise GIS with mission critical business systems for both the field and office.

Michigan Tech was truly a highlight of her life, where she made lifelong friends and enjoyed numerous outdoor activities when not studying.

Finding the far west coast a little too wet, she moved slightly east and now resides in Boise, Idaho, with her husband Terry, two beautiful children, a golden retriever, a springer spaniel, and three (too many) cats.

Marshall was inducted into the Presidential Council of Alumnae in April 2009.

Excerpted from the 2009 Presidential Council of Alumnae Program