mikefoster-01-01-01A professional cartographer, GIS Analyst, and designer, Mike specializes in cartographic design, data visualization, graphics, and spatial science. He has almost a decade of diverse experience in the field, having worked with organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to top universities.

Mike received his B.S. in Cartography and GIS in from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (’06) and got his Masters in GIS and Computer Science from the University of Minnesota (’10). His research and focus has been on cartographic design and presentation, graphics software interoperability, open source development and crowdsource data, and database design and implementation.

Currently, he is a GIS/Cartography Instructor and Data Visualization Specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, providing advanced GIS and data visualization instruction and serving as a geospatial resource to students, faculty, and staff. At MIT, he also oversees a series of visualization and graphic workshops within the department. He is currently based in the Boston area.

Away from the day job, Mike is a freelance cartographer, graphic designer, web developer, and co-founder of F+H GeoGraphics, LLC. a small design company founded with a classmate at the University of Minnesota. Visit, or email me at