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Brady Foust

Geographer / Entrepreneur

  • Fellow
  • 2024
Arts, Business, Geography, Science

Dr. Brady Foust is a geographer, inventor, professor, and patron of arts who has revolutionized insurance geospatial databases, patented new technology, served as a professor at UW-Eau Claire for 37 years, and was president and patron of the Pablo Center at the Confluence in Eau Claire, WI.

As a scientist specializing in geography, Dr. Foust utilized his understanding of geographic information systems to revolutionize how data could best support insurance coverage, ensuring the most up-to-date information for all. Dr. Foust’s work at QMSoft helped spur the initial geospatial underwriting processes for the likes of State Farm, Travelers, and The Hartford.

As an inventor, he changed the way geospatial databases update information to be near real-time.  This effort, in conjunction with his team at HazardHub—the company he co-founded—allowed him to patent his work.

As a professor, Dr. Foust dedicated 37 years to the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he taught thousands of students—and later founded HazardHub—with two of them.

As a patron of the arts, Dr. Foust played an instrumental role in the formation of the Pablo Center at the Confluence. Dr. Foust has also financially supported the literary arts throughout the Eau Claire area, supporting Barstow & Grand literary journal, the Chippewa Valley Book Festival, and the expansion of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. In addition to his philanthropic efforts, he also served as the Pablo Center’s board president throughout the COVID years.

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