Anthony C. Robinson, Ph.D.
Anthony Robinson is the lead faculty member for the postbaccalaureate certificate and the Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) programs at Penn State. For the Dutton Institute, he teaches and advises students in the MGIS program and coordinates faculty and staff to handle student affairs to ensure the long-term sustainability and strength of Penn State's online geospatial education portfolio. He also serves as assistant director for the GeoVISTA Center in the Department of Geography.
His research focuses on the science of interface and interaction design for geovisualization and geovisual analytics tools. He has developed interface design and usability assessment methods for integrating geographic visualization tools with work in epidemiology, crisis management, and homeland security. Dr. Robinson's recent research projects have focused on the design of map symbol standards, developing tools for collecting and adding meaning to geographic information, and eye-tracking to design new geovisualization techniques. He received a B.S. in geography from East Carolina University in 2002, an M.S. in geography from Penn State in 2005, and a doctorate in geography from Penn State in 2008. Dr. Robinson can be reached by email at [email protected]. View Dr. Robinson's Academic CV.
Todd Bacastow, Ph.D.
Todd Bacastow is a professor of practice for geospatial intelligence in Penn State's Dutton e-Education Institute. His primary areas of expertise include implementation and management of large-scale programs, geospatial technology policy, geospatial information technology governance, and critical infrastructure protection. Dr. Bacastow has worked with businesses and federal and state government on geospatial technology policy issues and has served on state and regional planning committees, preparing studies, providing expert testimony, and organizing numerous workshops. He teaches geospatial systems design in Penn State's master of GIS program; serves on the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation's accreditation panel, developing certification guidelines for geospatial intelligence professionals; and leads a team supporting the development of the Pennsylvania Map, a component of the National Map.
Before joining Penn State, Dr. Bacastow served in the U.S. Army in a variety of civil-military, leadership, and technical positions in the United States and Europe. He was previously an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Computer Science and an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the United States Military Academy. His current research involves geospatial digital rights management, geospatial technology governance, and geospatial systems design. Todd can be reached by email at [email protected].
Ryan Baxter, M.S.
Ryan Baxter is an instructor for GEOG 482: The Nature of Geographic Information. He has been at Penn State since 1997, specializing in geographic information systems in the Dutton e-Education Institute, the Department of Geography, and the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment (PSIEE). In the Department of Geography, he teaches undergraduate courses GEOG 160: Mapping Our Changing World, and GEOG 363: Geographic Information Systems. At PSIEE, Baxter engages in research in the areas of biofuels and land use, and supports spatial data management and distribution projects. In particular, he is the lead developer of the Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access clearinghouse and the Penn State Data Commons. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Dennis J. Bellafiore, Ph.D.
Dennis J. Bellafiore is the coauthor of GEOG 885: Advanced Analytic Methods for the Geospatial Intelligence Professional, and coauthor of GEOG 497B: Location Intelligence for Business. He serves as a consultant and coach to large and small businesses, education, industry, not-for-profit, government, and community service organizations. He worked for thirteen years at Digital Equipment Corporation, including as the global account manager of its largest corporate end-user customer, as manager of sales and marketing for total quality management, and as international strategic marketing director of office document systems for the company. For more than two decades, he has served as an organizational change consultant, as president and chief operating officer of a technology-leading digital-print book manufacturer, and as a strategic marketing consultant with a recognized geospatial information company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Bellafiore has consulted on many GIS and IT projects at state, regional, county, and local government levels in Pennsylvania. He has been involved in geospatial requirements analysis, strategic planning, project management, project scoping, customer relationship management, business development, marketing, and organizational consulting involving all aspects of geospatial application development and implementation. He has been a research contributor to a Harrisburg-based think tank for economic and workforce development projects funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, Brookings Institution, Federal Mediation and Consultation Service, William Penn Foundation, and National Governors Association. He is a member of the Academy of Management and Sigma Xi. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Raechel Bianchetti, M.S.
Raechel Bianchetti is an instructor for GEOG 480: Exploring Imagery and Elevation Data in GIS Applications. She has also taught GEOG 160: Mapping our Changing World. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Geography at Penn State, specializing in cognitive aspects of remote sensing image analysis, in the domain of forest science. She is particularly interested in the integration of computer systems and cognitive systems to support interactive visual interpretation. Her work heavily draws on traditional descriptions of air photo interpretation. She can be reached by email at [email protected].
Joseph A. Bishop, Ph.D.
Joseph A. Bishop is the geospatial coordinator for Riparia, a research center in the Department of Geography at Penn State. His responsibilities are primarily composed of the application of GIScience to the conceptual design and analysis of most of Riparia's projects, where he strives to add a significant geospatial dimension to the interdisciplinary projects of the center. His research interests focus on the changing landscape structures and their influence on vertebrate habitats and water quality. He developed and now teaches GEOG 587: Conservation GIS, part of the MGIS course offerings.
Before joining Penn State, Dr. Bishop worked as an environmental planner with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources; as a data manager and GIS specialist for The Nature Conservancy's Natural Heritage program in Connecticut; and as part of a GIS research team for the Organization of Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, where he assisted with the installation of the GIS at their La Selva biological research station.
In addition to his academic research responsibilities, Dr. Bishop works with the Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research Foundation, internationally as a science adviser, and locally with the ClearWater Conservancy on their board of directors. For both groups, he applies GIS to their respective conservation missions. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Justine Blanford, Ph.D.
Justine Blanford is a research associate at Penn State, working with both the GeoVISTA Center and the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. For the Dutton Institute, she is an instructor for GEOG 586 and GEOG 583. Dr. Blanford, a GIS specialist/analyst, has more than 12 years of experience in both academic and nonacademic environments throughout the world (North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa).
Her current research interests include using GIS and spatial analysis to investigate spatial and temporal phenomena, particularly the ecology of disease, investigating connectivity between locations and for the management and monitoring of the environment. Dr. Blanford can be reached by email at [email protected].
George Chaplin, M.S., GISP
George Chaplin has worked with GIS for more than 12 years and teaches GEOG 583, GEOG 864, and GEOG 488 for our online programs. He was awarded his master of science in GIS with distinction and has received the Association of Geographic Information Student of the Year Award. His interests are in anthropology, as well as geography, and he uses modeling, spatial statistics, and complex spatial analysis in his research at Penn State. He studies human ecology, ancestry, and epidemiology. Chaplin can be reached by email at [email protected].
Mark Corson, Ph.D.
Mark Corson is an associate professor of geography at Northwest Missouri State University, and a former faculty member in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the United States Military Academy. Dr. Corson specializes in political and military geography, with regional expertise in Europe and southwest Asia. He teaches the Trends in GIS course in the Northwest Missouri Department of Geography's master's program and, as a visiting associate professor at Penn State, is developing the Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence course for the certificate program in geospatial intelligence.
Dr. Corson is also a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. His military specialties are transportation and multifunctional logistics. In 2001, in Kosovo, Colonel Corson served as the deputy chief of the Multinational Brigade East Joint Implementation Commission and as liaison officer and trainer to Regional Task Group Six of the Kosovo Protection Corps. He was heavily engaged in the NATO peacekeeping effort to defuse the Presevo Valley and Macedonian insurgencies. He also commanded the 450th Movement Control Battalion during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) One. The 450th conducted theatre movement control functions in Iraq and later in Kuwait, from March 2003 to March 2004. It was instrumental in the planning and initial execution of the rotation of U.S. and coalition forces between OIF One and Two. This surge was the largest military movement since World War II.
Colonel Corson now commands the 561st Regional Support Group (RSG), in Omaha, Nebraska. The 561st RSG is a brigade-level headquarters capable of conducting the full range of multifunctional logistics operations in any environment and across the spectrum of conflict. Dr. Corson can be reached by email at [email protected].
Peter Croswell, M.S.
Peter Croswell is the president of Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants, Inc., in Frankfort, Kentucky, and an instructor for Penn State's online Master of GIS program. Croswell received a BA degree in geography (with minor in math) from the University of Albany, The State University of New York (SUNY), and a master's degree (geography/geology) from Western Illinois University, with specializations in cartography, remote sensing, and geomorphology.
His work experience includes six years in state government, working as an analyst and then manager of an early GIS program, and environmental regulatory work in the State of Kentucky (Natural Resources Cabinet). Since the mid-1980s, he has been a consultant in GIS and IT, involved in an array of needs assessment, design, planning, and project management support work for federal, state, and local governments, utility companies, and other types of public sector and private organizations — including international work in Europe, China, and the Middle East.
Croswell is a past board member and president of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association and is active in many professional organizations. He is a certified Project Management Professional, GIS Professional, and ASPRS–Certified Mapping Scientist. He has written many papers, special publications, and several published books, including the 2009 GIS Management Handbook. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Jim Detwiler, M.S.
Jim Detwiler has been with the online geospatial program since 2000. His specialty is in programming and databases. He is currently lead instructor and author of GEOG 897D: Spatial Database Management, and the administrator of a web-based dashboard used by other faculty, advisers, and administrative staff to manage the program. Other courses developed by Detwiler include GIS Mashups (GEOG 863), GIS Application Development (GEOG 489), and GIS Programming and Customization (a prior incarnation of GEOG 485). He has also taught face-to-face sections of GIS programming courses to resident undergrads. He earned a bachelor's degree in earth science from Penn State and a master's degree in geography from the University of Delaware. Detwiler can be reached by email at [email protected].
David DiBiase, M.S., CMS-GIS/LIS, GISP
David DiBiase is the director of education at ESRI. He is also a faculty member in the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and the Master of Geographic Information Systems programs. He is lead author of the introductory course GEOG 482: The Nature of Geographic Information. DiBiase came to Penn State in 1989 after earning his bachelor's degree and master of science degree in cartography at the University of Wisconsin—Madison.
He has earned Penn State's Wilson Award for Excellence in Teaching and Mitchell Award for Innovative Teaching, the Association of American Geographers' Media Achievement Award, ESRI's Special Achievement in GIS Award, and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science's Educator of the Year award in 2005. He is a Certified Mapping Scientist - GIS/LIS (American Society for Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing) and a Geographic Information System Professional (GIS Certification Institute). He can be reached by email at [email protected].
William Doe, Ph.D.
William Doe teaches in the Geospatial Intelligence Certificate program. He has taught a broad range of courses in physical and cultural/regional geography, land use planning, and environmental studies at the U.S. Military Academy (West Point, New York) and Western Illinois University. He currently teaches online at Colorado State University for the Sustainable Military Lands Management (SMLM) graduate certificate. He is an environmental geographer with research and applied expertise in military lands management, watershed management and modeling, ecosystem characterization, and sustainability practices for universities and federal installations.
Doe is currently the chief executive officer of Veterans Green Jobs — a national nonprofit that trains, educates, and employs military veterans for environmental and energy careers. Dr. Doe served on active military duty for 22 years as an Army Corps of Engineers officer, with experience in disaster response, civil works, and state/federal agency interactions, as well as his teaching at West Point. Over the past two decades he has been active in the Association of American Geographers and serves as a board member for the Military Geography Specialty Group. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Amy Griffin, Ph.D.
Amy Griffin is an instructor for GEOG 586: Geographic Information Analysis. She is currently a senior lecturer in geography at UNSW Canberra in Australia, where she teaches a range of geography and geographic information science courses. Her research interests include investigating the perceptual and cognitive processes involved in map reading and applications of GIS to historical geography. Some of her recent research projects include using eye-tracking to evaluate the design of new geovisualizations and to study the visual interpretation of remotely sensed imagery, and in collaboration with several historians, a spatiotemporal analysis of Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War. Dr. Griffin can be reached by email at [email protected].
Adrienne Gruver, M.S.
Adrienne Gruver is a lead instructor of GEOG 486: Cartography and Visualization. She has a bachelor's degree in biology, is a certified science illustrator, and completed her master's degree in geography from Penn State. In addition to teaching in the GIS programs, she does freelance cartographic work. Her research interests include GIS for public health, geovisualization, and map design. She can be reached by email at [email protected].
Peter Guth, Ph.D.
Peter Guth is author and instructor for GEOG 884: Geographic Information Systems for the Geospatial Intelligence Professional. He is currently a professor of oceanography at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, where he teaches courses in physical geography, geological oceanography, geographical information systems (GIS), and honors research methods. He became interested in geology and trilobites at Deep Springs College in eastern California, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, and then was a Fannie and John Hertz Fellow at MIT where he earned a doctorate in geology, based on field work in the Sheep Range of Nevada. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 11 years, and in the reserves for 17 years. His research interests include the application of GIS to geology, visualizing topography, and geomorphometry. He is the author of MICRODEM, a free GIS program for Windows OS. Dr. Guth can be reached by email at [email protected].
David Hall, Ph.D.
David L. Hall is the interim dean for Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology. He is also the director of the Center for Network Centric Cognition and Information Fusion. He was formerly with Penn State's Applied Research Laboratory (ARL), where he served as associate director and senior scientist. At ARL he oversaw the 150-person Information and Network Systems Office, composed of four divisions: Information Science and Technology, Navigation Research and Development, Systems and Operations Automation, and Communications Science and Technology. Dr. Hall has more than 25 years of experience in research, research management, and systems development.
Dr. Hall is the author of more than 175 papers, reports, books, and book chapters, and he has delivered numerous lectures on his research, research management, and artificial intelligence. His book Mathematical Techniques in Multisensor Data Fusion has been used as a text at SUNY Buffalo, George Mason University, Colorado State University, the Air Force Institute of Technology, and the Naval Postgraduate School. Dr. Hall has been a faculty member at the University of Colorado as well as at Penn State, and has served on the graduate-degree candidacy committees of nearly a dozen students. Among his numerous recognitions, he has been listed in Who's Who in Frontiers of Science and Technology and the Who's Who Worldwide Registry of Business Leaders. Dr. Hall was named as an IEEE Fellow for his contributions in multisensor data fusion. Prior to joining Penn State in 1993, Dr. Hall worked at HRB Systems, Inc., in State College, Pennsylvania. His most recent post with HRB was as director of research and operations programs. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Stephen P. Handwerk, M.A.
Stephen Handwerk joined the Dutton faculty in November 2012 after nearly 33 years with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and its predecessor organizations. More than half of his career has involved the design, development, and management of large GEOINT training programs for NGA, the Intelligence Community, and their international partners. He now serves as the manager of GEOINT Professional Engagement and Outreach, where he maintains contact with government, commercial, and nonprofit organizations involved with GEOINT. He also serves as Dutton's GEOINT career counselor, and is teaching GEOG 885. Handwerk received his bachelor's degree in geography from Penn State in 1974, and his master's degree in human resource management from George Washington University in 1989. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
David Jimenez, M.A.
David Jimenez, an instructor for GEOG 885: Advanced Analytical Methods in Geospatial Intelligence, has more than 18 years of experience with federal law enforcement intelligence. He is an intelligence analyst with Intelligence Training and Career Development, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Headquarters, in Washington DC, and he has also served with ICE and with the U.S. Border Patrol in El Paso, Texas. He is a Criminal Intelligence Certified Analyst with the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts.
Retiring from the United States Air Force as an intelligence specialist after a distinguished 24-year career, he is the co-chair for the Washington, DC, Chapter of the International Association for Intelligence Education. He received a master's degree in human resource development from Webster University, and a bachelor of arts degree in human resource management from Park University. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Patrick Kennelly, Ph.D.
Patrick Kennelly is author and instructor of GEOG 584: Geospatial Technology Project Management. He is a graduate faculty member in Penn State's Department of Geography and a student adviser in the MGIS program. He has project management experience with both an environmental/engineering consulting firm and a state geological survey. He is a visiting assistant professor at Penn State and an assistant professor at Long Island University in New York. Dr. Kennelly can be reached by email at [email protected].
Fritz Kessler, Ph.D.
Fritz Kessler, instructor for GEOG 861: Map Projections for Professionals, is an associate professor of geography at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland, where he teaches a range of cartography and geography courses. He received his doctoral degree from the University of Kansas in 1999 and his master's degree from Penn State in 1991. He recently collaborated with other Kansas doctoral alumnus on thematic cartography and geographic visualization. Dr. Kessler can be reached by email at [email protected]
Don Kiel, M.S.
Don Kiel has more than 30 years of experience with GIS and teaches GEOG 497C: GIS for Transportation Principles, Data, and Applications, in the Dutton e-Education Institute's online MGIS program. He has a master's degree in geography from Virginia Tech and a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Akron. Previously, he worked on the development of a municipal GIS/transportation program for Johnson City, Tennessee, teaching GIS at East Tennessee State University, and for private GIS-T consulting firms in Pennsylvania. He is currently senior transportation planner/utility planner for the Susquehanna Economic Development Association-Council of Governments in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. His interests include transportation GIS, cartographic visualization, avian biogeography, natural resources GIS, and recreation geography. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Beth Fletcher King, M.Ed.
Beth Fletcher King is co-author and instructor of GEOG 483: Problem Solving with GIS, and instructor of GEOG 482: The Nature of Geographic Information. She is the assistant program manager for Online Geospatial Education, following the progress of students in the Master of Geographic Information Systems program and communicating with them to address questions and concerns and to ensure that their questions are addressed by the appropriate faculty member, staff member, or administrator. She previously worked as a GIS analyst for a private water/wastewater engineering firm, where she managed a wide range of GIS projects, from turnkey sanitary sewer conversion to 911 rural addressing. She can be reached by email at [email protected].
Alexander Klippel directs the Human Factors Lab and is an assistant professor for geographical information science at the GeoVISTA Center, Department of Geography, at Penn State. He also serves as the MGIS program chairperson in the Department of Geography. His research interests center on multidisciplinary topics at the interface between spatial cognition and GIScience, especially the area of geographic event conceptualization and the integration of cognitive factors into formal characterizations of dynamic spatial processes. A second line of his research at Penn State is the interaction of people, environments, and mobile and static devices, i.e., location-based services.
Dr. Klippel previously worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the CRC for Spatial Information, Geomatics Department, and was a founder-member of the Spatial Information Science Research Group at The University of Melbourne. He also spent time at the Geography Department and Cognitive Science Emphasis at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He received his doctoral degree in informatics from the University of Bremen; co-authored the project MapSpace, which is part of the Transregional Collaborative Research Centre for Spatial Cognition; and worked in the AspectMap project (Spatial Cognition Priority Program, German Science Foundation). He started his doctoral studies in Hamburg at the Graduate Program for Cognitive Science. Dr. Klippel can be reached by email at [email protected].
Rachel Kornak, M.S., GISP
Rachel Kornak teaches GEOG 487: Environmental Applications of GIS. She is based at the University of Michigan, where she is a GIS/database manager. She previously worked in environmental consulting and land use planning, and has designed a GIS property management system that won the 2007 IMAGIN GIS for Everyone Award. Kornak completed a bachelor's degree in environmental geology, a bachelor's degree in Spanish, and a master's degree in environmental science at the University of Michigan She also completed a certificate in GIS at Penn State and is a certified GISP. She can be reached by email at [email protected].
Doug Miller, Ph.D.
Doug Miller is an instructor of GEOG 596A and B Individual Studies and an associate professor of geography. In addition to teaching for the MGIS program, he is the director of the Center for Environmental Informatics in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute. Dr. Miller can be reached by email at [email protected].
Andrew Murdoch, MGIS
Andrew Murdoch, instructor and course developer for GEOG 489, has worked as a GIS analyst and GIS programmer for more than 15 years, most recently in the Washington, DC, metro area. Murdoch has a bachelor's degree in geography from Virginia Tech, and he is an alumnus of the Penn State MGIS program. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
James O'Brien, Ph.D.
James O'Brien is an instructor for GEOG 485: GIS Programming and Automation and a spatial risk scientist at Risk Frontiers, a natural hazards research center located at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining Risk Frontiers, James was a principal lecturer in GIS at Kingston University London, where he taught programming, spatial databases, online/web GIS, cartography, and natural hazards.
James' research interests are concerned with the integration of physical and social science factors in modeling risk and vulnerability; modeling evacuation times and routes in vulnerable areas; hydrological modeling; building indices of vulnerability based on the intersection of physical and social vulnerability; and developing web mapping platforms. James completed his BSc in GIS at Curtin University in Australia, a doctorate in geography from Penn State, and has nearly 20 years of programming and database experience, and almost 10 years of teaching experience. James can be reached by email at [email protected].
Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne, M.S.
Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne is a lecturer for the online geospatial education program at Penn State. He is also a faculty member at the University of Vermont, where he is the director of the Spatial Analysis Laboratory and holds a joint position with the U.S. Forest Service. He serves on the board of directors for AmericaView, a nationwide remote sensing consortium, and on the board of directors for the Vermont Center for Geographic Information.
He has more than 15 years' experience with geospatial technology and is recognized as a leading expert on the design and application of automated systems for extracting features from complex geospatial datasets. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Vermont Spatial Data Partnership's Outstanding Achievement Award, the New York State GIS Partnership Award, the eCognition Black Belt (awarded by Nobel Laureate Dr. Gerd Binnig), and the U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station's 2010 award for Excellence in Science and Technology. For more than a decade, he served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps (active and reserve), with tours in the Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region, and East Africa. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Sterling Quinn, MGIS
Sterling Quinn is an author and an instructor for GEOG 485: GIS Programming and Customization. He works as a product engineer on the ArcGIS Server development team at ESRI, and lives in the Olympia, Washington area. His interests include web map optimization, cloud computing, and technical communication. He has also experienced much online learning from the perspective of a student, having completed the MGIS degree from Penn State in 2009. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Karen Schuckman, CP, PLS, MGIS
Karen Schuckman is a senior lecturer in geography and a doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering at Penn State, who teaches remote sensing and geospatial technology in the online GIS programs offered by the Dutton e-Education Institute. She also serves as a consultant to the URS Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland, where she provides expertise in remote sensing and photogrammetry to engineering practice groups, including floodplain mapping, disaster response and preparedness, critical infrastructure, and transportation.
As the geospatial technology leader at URS in 2005–06, Schuckman supported response, recovery, and mitigation projects with FEMA following hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. From 1995 through 2005 she was with the EarthData group, where her positions included geospatial applications director for EarthData Solutions, senior vice president of EarthData Technologies, and president and general manager of EarthData International of North Carolina. Notable projects she led for EarthData include lidar acquisition for the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program, numerous transportation mapping projects for state DOTs, and technology demonstration projects for NOAA, NASA, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Prior to joining the private sector, Schuckman worked for the USGS National Mapping Division, in Menlo Park, California. She is the immediate past president of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, vice chair of the NOAA Advisory Committee for Commercial Remote Sensing, and a member of the National Research Council Committees on Floodplain Mapping Technologies and FEMA Flood Map Accuracy. She can be reached by email at [email protected].
Jim Sloan, M.S.
Jim Sloan is lead instructor and co-author of GEOG 484: GIS Database Development, as well as teaching offerings of GEOG 482: The Nature of Geographic Information. He has taught GIS and cartography courses since 1995, at both Penn State and the University of Florida. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Kevin Stofan, MGIS
Kevin Stofan is an instructor for GEOG 884: Geographic Information Systems for the Geospatial Intelligence Professional. He works in the Tampa Bay area as a senior geospatial developer, focusing on building web mapping applications and spatial analysis. His interests include spatial analysis, point pattern analysis, and web development. Stofan received his MGIS degree from Penn State in 2011. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Wes Stroh, M.S.
Wes Stroh is lead author of GEOG 497B: Location Intelligence for Business. In addition to instructor duties, he is the executive editor and associate publisher at Directions Magazine.
Prior to GIS and geography, Stroh worked in industry in technical sales, marketing, and product management with organizations such as AT&T, XO Communications, May Department Stores, Coach, and Eddie Bauer. He is pursuing a doctorate, with research interests in marketing and business strategy applications of GIS and business geography/GIS education. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from Arizona State University, a certificate in network design and analysis from the University of Denver, and a master's degree in geography from Penn State. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Greg Thomas, Ph.D.
Greg Thomas has more than 20 years of hands-on law enforcement and educational experience in intelligence. He has developed operational intelligence concerning criminal activities, and selected, trained, and supervised analysts in a criminal intelligence center. Dr. Thomas has wide-ranging practical experience reviewing analytical products and providing team guidance on planning and developing intelligence and analytical products. He also has extensive experience teaching intelligence and analytical techniques to college students as well as intelligence analysts and law enforcement personnel. His current doctoral research focuses on the role of law enforcement in homeland security. He is a certified criminal analyst and has published articles relating to criminal intelligence analysis, organized crime, and terrorism. Dr. Thomas can be reached by email at [email protected].
Michael L. Thomas, Ph.D.
Michael L. Thomas is assigned to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWAR), Charleston, as a C4ISR Systems Engineer in the Communications and Networks Division. His prior assignment with SPAWAR was in Heidelberg, Germany, supporting HQ USAREUR in geospatial engineering. He is on detached special duty as a Defense Threat Reduction Agency LNO to the Joint Special Operations Command. Immediately prior to his assignment with SPAWAR, Dr. Thomas was the Chief of J-3 Technical Projects, assigned to Georgia Tech University as a Special Projects Officer. His projects included management and requirements analysis of the Digital Mapping Server (DMS) GIS Portal in coordination with the Naval Research Lab, and the day-to-day management of the Digital Mapping Center, which provided GIS support for and between various federal, Department of Defense (DoD), state, and local law enforcement agencies. This technology was cited in several papers and is patented by the U.S. Navy. In this assignment, Dr. Thomas also chaired the NGB Technology Consortium that included partners from industry, government, and academia. The DMS efforts led to recognition for DoD support to both the Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI. Dr. Thomas can be reached by email at [email protected].
George Van Otten, Ph.D.
George Van Otten is the author of a newly developed course, GEOG 880 (Temporary GEOG 897): Regional Geography for Civil Security. He is a geographer with more than 40 years of experience in the government and academia. He has published more than 20 articles and four book chapters, and given numerous presentations. Dr. Van Otten is a former dean of training of the 111th MI Brigade, Army Intelligence Center, Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He can be reached by email at [email protected].
Jan Van Sickle, Ph.D.
Jan Van Sickle has more than 40 years of experience in GIS, GPS, surveying, and mapping. He created and led the GIS department at Qwest Communications for the company's 25,000-mile worldwide fiber optic network. He began working with GPS in the early 1980s when he supervised control work using the macrometer, the first commercial GPS receiver. He supervised the first GPS control survey of the Grand Canyon. He led the team that collected, processed, and reported GPS ground control positions for more than 120 cities around the world for the ortho-rectification of satellite imagery now utilized in a global web utility.
Dr. Van Sickle has led nationwide seminars based on his books, GPS for Land Surveyors and 1,001 Solved Surveying Fundamentals Problems. The latter book is serialized in the magazine POB. His latest book is Basic GIS Coordinates. He has been a featured speaker at many conferences, including GITA conference and the Institute of Navigation Annual Meeting. He was formerly on the board of RM-ASPRS and was the vice chairman of GIS in the Rockies. He earned his master's degree in engineering from the University of Colorado and his doctoral degree in GIS engineering from the University of Colorado Denver. He is a licensed professional land surveyor in Colorado, California, Oregon, and North Dakota. Dr. Van Sickle can be reached by email at [email protected].
Jan Oliver Wallgrün, Ph.D.
Jan Oliver Wallgrün teaches GEOG 485: GIS Programming and Customization. He is a faculty member in the Department of Geography, GeoVISTA Center, Penn State, where he teaches introductory courses for GIS and GIScience programming courses in Python and Java, and courses on spatial databases and geographic data management. His background is in informatics, with a specialization in artificial intelligence. His research focuses on spatial and spatiotemporal modeling and reasoning methods and their application in GIS, in particular the application of AI methods for automatic data integration and cleaning, as well as for the interpretation of human spatial language. Dr. Wallgrün can be reached by email at [email protected].
Michelle Zeiders, M.S.
Michelle Zeiders teaches GEOG 483: Problem Solving with GIS, and GEOG 484: GIS Database Development. She has taught introductory and software-intensive GIS courses since 1998. Prior to joining the Penn State GIS faculty, she worked as a GIS programmer/instructor for the Penn State Population Research Institute; GIS project manager/instructor for the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University; GIS project manager at a private civil engineering firm; and GIS analyst at MapQuest. She received a bachelor's degree in public administration and a master's degree in geoenvironmental studies from Shippensburg University. Zeiders can be reached by email at [email protected].