Esri Employee Tyson J. Quink Honored with Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award

Esri Employee Tyson J. Quink Honored with Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award

June 30, 2016

The 2016 Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award in Geospatial Intelligence was presented to Tyson J. Quink, a solution engineer at Esri, June 28 at the 2016 Esri User Conference in San Diego, Calif.

The Murphy Award is named for Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy, a distinguished Penn State alumnus. Murphy was killed June 28, 2005, by enemy forces during a reconnaissance mission in Afghanistan. For his selfless leadership and courageous actions, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. The Murphy Award recognizes achievement by a Penn State graduate who is serving or has served in the U.S. Armed Forces or U.S. Intelligence Community. Recipients are chosen based upon demonstration of exceptional contributions to the discipline after completing Penn State’s graduate certificate in geospatial intelligence.

Quink graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in geospatial information science. He also holds certificates from Penn State in geographic information systems and GEOINT analytics, and is currently pursuing his master’s degree in geographic information systems at Penn State. Quink served in the U.S. Army as a field artillery officer, holding positions as an assistant S4, fire direction officer, and platoon leader. Quink’s military awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Combat Action Badge. Quink worked at Hewlett-Packard as an advanced analytics program manager and interned with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as an analytic methodologist before joining Esri’s defense team as a solution engineer in October 2015.

“While serving as a fire direction officer and platoon leader, both in garrison and deployed, geography was instrumental in placing rounds on target and planning operations to keep soldiers safe,” Quink said. “With a background in geospatial information science, I worked to apply a spatial methodology in every tactical decision I made. Since leaving the Army in 2013, working at HP, NGA as an intern, and Esri as a solution engineer, I have sought opportunities to apply geospatial intelligence tradecraft and technology into defense spaces that can be leveraged by both uniformed and civilian personnel to make better decisions through geospatial information.”

The generosity of USGIF, the DigitalGlobe Foundation, and faculty, staff, and friends of Penn State fund the Murphy Award. USGIF CEO Keith Masback, Esri President Jack Dangermond, Penn State Manager of GEOINT Professional Engagement and Outreach Stephen Handwerk, and DigitalGlobe Director of Technical Programs for U.S. Special Operations Command Heath Rasco presented Quink with the award at the Esri UC Defense and Intelligence Summit.

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