Esri Appoints Chief Scientist

Redland-based Esri, the developer of geographic information system (GIS) software, said yesterday that it has named Dawn J. Wright as its Chief Scientist. Wright is professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University. Esri said Wright will continue to be associated with the university, but will now also help formulate and advance the firm's intellectual agenda, representing the firm to the national and international scientific community.