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After 9/11 New York firefighters depended on Karen Adams Manion ’92 to tell them where utilities lay deep under the ruins of the World Trade Center. She used geographic information systems technology to produce maps for guiding rescue workers. “It took every ounce of my training at Lafayette and my professional life to function in that atmosphere,” says Manion, now URS Corporation’s information technology manager for GIS. She first studied GIS with Roger Ruggles, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, who helped her land a research grant. “To be able to go to such a good school was a gift.”

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