A&M Architecture Students Get National Recognition

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A team from A&M's college of architecture has folks interested.

Miriam Olivares is part of a two person team, developing mapping techniques to help police track and estimate the risk of registered sex offenders.

"The city of Bryan was looking for something more special to help community with self management of risk," Miriam Olivares said.

A few months ago, Miriam and her partner Praveen decided to help the city as their required school project with different aspects of the website. Without them, the city says the project could have taken a few years to complete.

The city of Bryan says the students played an important role in creating the website that tracks sex offenders and shows where they live.

The mapping service is part of the city's website. It shows where the registered offender lives in both Bryan and college station and where they're house is in relation to schools, day cares, and other residences. It also lists the offenders name and gives a physical description.

The students designed the placement of the offenders on the map. And now they're teaching others to do the same thing.

"I'm pretty sure this is the first time a class project has turned out this way," A&M professor Douglas Wunneberger said.

Wunneberger has been with the college of architecture for over 20 years, and this is the first time a student project has gone this far.

Recently, Miriam spoke at a national institute of justice conference, telling law enforcement about the service.

Now organizations from all over are asking for advice.

"They're asking us where they can get more information because they want to see if they can apply that," Olivares said.

And Miriam may even change what she does in life. She says the research for this project has captured her attention.

The city of Bryan updates the website on a regular basis.