Online Geospatial Education Faculty

Our Certificate and Master's Degree programs are designed and taught by these outstanding educators from the Department of Geography:

Anthony C. Robinson, Ph.D.

Anthony Robinson is the Director for Online Geospatial Education 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. 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. Anthony received his BS in Geography from East Carolina University in 2002, MS in Geography from Penn State in 2005, and PhD in Geography from Penn State in 2008. Anthony can be reached by e-mail at arobinson@psu.edu.

Todd Bacastow, Ph.D.

Dr. Todd S. Bacastow is the professor of practice for geospatial intelligence in Penn State's Dutton e-Education Institute. His primary areas of expertise include geospatial intelligence technology integration, geospatial intelligence analytic methods, and geospatial intelligence education. Dr. Bacastow has worked with businesses and government on policy issues, has served on state and regional planning committees, prepared studies, providing expert testimony, and organizing numerous workshops. He established and leads Penn State's geospatial intelligence program, teaches geospatial intelligence courses, and serves on national advisory committees. He is the principal investigator (PI) of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Penn State’s John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. The CRADA is focused on improving learning in the geospatial intelligence community. In his work, he has distilled the definition of the field to its fundamentals, and launched the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Geospatial Intelligence and the Geospatial Revolution." This course brought together over 27,000 professionals from around the world.

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. Todd can be reached by e-mail at bacastow@psu.edu.

Qassim A. Abdullah, Ph.D., CP, PLS

Dr. Qassim Abdullah (Phonetic pronunciation of first name: KAA-SIM) is an accomplished scientist with more than 40 years of combined industrial, research and development, and academic experience in analytical photogrammetry, digital remote sensing, and civil and surveying engineering. His current responsibilities include designing and managing strategic programs to develop and implement new remote sensing technologies focused on meeting the evolving needs of geospatial users. Currently, Dr. Abdullah is a lead research scientist and a member of Woolpert Labs team. His latest accomplishments include evaluating and introducing the Geiger and single photon LiDAR to the geospatial industry and leading Woolpert research activities in the field of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS), its sensor calibration, and its workflow development. Dr. Abdullah publishes a monthly column “Mapping Matters”, in the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) journal PE&RS and he is the recipient of the 2010 prestigious Photogrammetric Fairchild award of the ASPRS. Dr. Abdullah serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and at Penn State teaching graduate courses on UAS, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Most recently, Dr. Abdullah was awarded the Presidential Citation award from the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) in recognition to his contributions in co-authoring the new “Positional Accuracy Standards for Digital Geospatial Data”. Dr. Abdullah is licensed professional surveyor and mapper with the states of Florida, Oregon, Virginia, and South Carolina. He is also a certified thermographer by the FLIR Infrared Training Center and a Certified GEOINT Professional in Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis (CGP-R) by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF). Qassim can be reached by e-mail at qaa3@psu.edu.

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 within the Dutton e-Education Institute, the Department of Geography and the Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment (PSIEE). In the Department of Geography, Ryan teaches undergraduate courses GEOG 160 - Mapping Our Changing World and GEOG 363 - Geographic Information Systems. At PSIEE, Ryan engages in research in the areas of biofuels and land use, and supports spatial data management and distribution projects. In particular, Ryan is the lead developer of the Pennsylvania Spatial Data Access clearinghouse (PASDA) and the Penn State Data Commons. Ryan can be reached by e-mail at rbaxter@psu.edu.

Dennis J. Bellafiore, Ph.D.

Dr. Dennis J. Bellafiore has co-authored and been an instructor for GEOG 885, Advanced Analytic Methods for the Geospatial Intelligence Professional; GEOG 497B, Location Intelligence for Business; GEOG 597I, Special Topics in Geospatial Intelligence Futures; GEOG 479, Cyber-Geography in Geospatial Intelligence; and GEOG 497i, Introduction to Geospatial Critical Thinking: The Fundamentals.

Outside of Penn State, Dennis 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 (DEC), including as the global account manager of its largest corporate end-user customer, as manager of sales & marketing for total quality management, and as international strategic marketing director of office document systems for the company. 
 
Dennis 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 is a member of the Academy of Management, Sigma Pi Sigma, Sigma Xi, USGIF, IAFIE, NMIA and SCIP. Dennis holds his Ph. D. in Physics from the University of Pennsylvania. Dennis can be reached by e-mail at dxb45@psu.edu.
 

Joseph A. Bishop, Ph.D.

Dr. 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. Joe’s research interests focus on the changing landscape structures and their influence on vertebrate habitats and water quality. Joe developed and now teaches GEOG 587 – Conservation GIS, part of the MGIS course offerings.

Before joining Penn State, Joe worked as an environmental planner with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, a data manager and GIS specialist for The Nature Conservancy’s Natural Heritage program, in Connecticut, and then part of a GIS research team for the Organization of Tropical Studies (OTS), 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, Joe works with the ACEER (Amazon Center for Environmental Education and Research) Foundation, internationally as a science advisor, and locally with the ClearWater Conservancy on their board of directors. For both groups he applies GIS to their respective conservation missions. Joe can be reached by e-mail at jab190@psu.edu.

Justine Blanford, Ph.D.

Justine is an assistant professor of GIS here at Penn State, where she teaches several courses in the MGIS on-line program and conducts research on topics related to health, disease and mobility.  For the Dutton Institute she teaches GEOG 586 (Geographic Information Analysis), GEOG 583 (Geospatial Systems Design and Analysis) and GEOG 591 (GIS for Health Analysis) which she developed. Justine has used GIS to analyze different phenomena in both academic and non-academic 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 and how places are connected. Justine can be reached by e-mail at jib18@psu.edu.

Mark Corson, Ph.D.

Dr. 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. Mark can be reached by e-mail at mwc11@psu.edu.

Peter Croswell, M.S.

Peter Croswell is the President of Croswell-Schulte Information Technology Consultants, Inc. in Frankfort, KY and an Instructor for PSU’s On-line Master of GIS program. Mr. Croswell’s education includes a BA degree in Geography (with minor in Math) from the State University of New York (SUNY) Albany and Masters degree (Geography/Geology) from Western Illinois University with specializations in cartography, remotes sensing, and geomorphology. His work experience includes 6 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 getting involved in a large 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.

Mr. Croswell is a past Board Member and President of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and is active in many professional organizations. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), GIS Professional (GISP), and ASPRS Certified mapping Scientist (CMS). He has written many papers, special publications, and several published books including the 2009 GIS Management Handbook. Peter can be reached by e-mail at plc18@psu.edu.

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, advisors and administrative staff to manage the program. Other courses developed by Jim 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. Jim earned a bachelor's degree in earth science from Penn State and a master's degree in geography from the University of Delaware. Jim can be reached by e-mail at jimdetwiler@psu.edu.

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 and Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) degree programs. He is lead author of the introductory course GEOG 482 - The Nature of Geographic Information. David came to Penn State in 1989 after earning his bachelor and master of science degrees 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). David can be reached by e-mail at dibiase@psu.edu.

William Doe, PH.D.

Dr. Bill Doe teaches in the Geospatial Intelligence Certificate program. Bill 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, NY) and Western Illinois University. He currently teaches on-line 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. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Veterans Green Jobs – a national non-profit that trains, educates and employs military veterans for environmental and energy careers. Bill served on active military duty for 22 years as an Army Corps of Engineers officer, to include 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 (AAG) and serves as a Board member for the Military Geography Specialty Group. Bill can be reached by e-mail at wwd2@psu.edu.

Adrienne Goldsberry, M.S.

Adrienne Goldsberry is an instructor of GEOG 482: The Nature of Geographic Information and GEOG 483: Problem Solving with GIS. She is also the advisor for students in the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems program. In her role as advisor, Adrienne is students’ guide through the certificate program and regularly communicates with current and prospective students to ensure that the appropriate faculty member, staff member, or administrator addresses their questions or concerns. Prior to joining Penn State, she was on online instructor for Michigan State University’s Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences and managed its online Professional Certificate in GIS. She has also worked as an urban planner for jurisdictions in California, Texas, and Michigan. Adrienne holds a BA in Geography from The University of Texas at Austin, and earned her MS in Geography from UC-Santa Barbara. Adrienne can be reached via email at adg30@psu.edu.

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. Amy can be reached by e-mail at alg207@psu.edu.

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. Adrienne can be reached by e-mail at abg152@psu.edu.

Rossana Grzinic, M.S., MGIS

Rossana Grzinic received her MS in Information Technology from University of Denver in 2002, and a Masters in Geographic Information Systems from Pennsylvania State University in 2007. She has been working for an oil and gas company the last 16  years, and has been in the IT field for nearly 20 in a variety of functions. Her focus lately has been on geographic information systems (GIS), programming and databases. She teaches at the Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Denver. Rossana can be reached by e-mail at rzg107@psu.edu.

Stephen P. Handwerk, M.A.

Steve Handwerk joined the Dutton faculty in November 2012 after nearly 33 years with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and it’s predecessor organizations. Over half of his career 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 non-profit organizations involved with GEOINT. Steve also serves as Dutton’s GEOINT career counselor, and is teaching GEOG 885. He received his BS in Geography from Penn State in 1974, and his MA in Human Resource Management from George Washington University in 1989. Steve can be reached by email at sph15@psu.edu.

David Jimenez, M.A.

David Jimenez is an instructor for GEOG 885 - Advanced Analytical Methods in Geospatial Intelligence. He has more than 18 years experience with federal law enforcement intelligence, and is currently an intelligence analyst with Intelligence Training and Career Development, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Headquarters in Washington D.C., and 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.

David also retired from the United States Air Force as an intelligence specialist after a distinguished 24 year career. David is the Co-Chair for the Washington D.C. Chapter of the International Association for Intelligence Education. He received a masters degree in Human Resource Development from Webster University, and a bachelor of arts degree in Human Resource Management from Park University. David can be reached by email at dxj13@psu.edu.

Patrick Kennelly, Ph.D.

Pat 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. Pat can be reached by e-mail at pjk15@psu.edu.

Fritz Kessler, Ph.D.

Fritz Kessler is an instructor for GEOG 861 - Map Projections for Professionals. He is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Geography at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD where he teaches a range of cartography and geography courses. He received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1999 and his master's degree from Penn State in 1991. He recently collaborated with other Kansas PhD alumnus on Thematic Cartography and Geographic Visualization. Fritz can be reached by email at fck2@psu.edu.

Beth Fletcher King, M.Ed.

Beth King is co-author and instructor of GEOG 483 - Problem Solving with GIS and instructor of GEOG 482: The Nature of Geographic Information. Beth is the Assistant Program Manager for Online Geospatial Education. She follows the progress of students in the Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) degree program. In her role as an Assistant Program Manager, Beth has regular communication with students to identify questions and concerns and to ensure that students' 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. Beth can be reached by e-mail at bethking@psu.edu.

Alexander Klippel, Ph.D.

Dr. 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 Associate Head 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 (LBS).

Before Alex came to Penn State he 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, The University of Melbourne. He also spent time at the Geography Department and Cognitive Science Emphasis at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Alex received his Ph.D. 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 Ph.D. studies in Hamburg at the Graduate Program for Cognitive Science. Alex can be reached by email at klippel@psu.edu.

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. Rachel previously worked in environmental consulting and land use planning. She enjoys using GIS to manage and share information. She recently designed a GIS property management system which won the 2007 IMAGIN GIS for Everyone Award. Rachel completed a B.S. degree in environmental geology, a B.S. degree in Spanish, and a M.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. Rachel can be reached by e-mail at rnk114@psu.edu.

J.D. Kronicz, M.S.

J.D. Kronicz is an instructor for GEOG 497C – GIS for Transportation. J.D. has worked as a consultant for over 25 years serving clients in the scientific, environmental, transportation and manufacturing industries. For the past 15 years his efforts have been primarily focused on developing GIS software applications for transportation. He led a development team tasked with maintaining over 40 spatially enabled applications for the Pennsylvania Department of Transporation’s (PennDOT). He is currently working closely with PennDOT’s Bureau of Public Transportation and the 60 or so public transit agencies in Pennsylvania to advance statewide technology initiatives in public transportation. J.D. earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from Saint John Fisher College, a master of science in physical chemistry from the University of Rochester and is also a recent graduate of the Penn State’s MGIS program. J.D. can be reached by e-mail at jdk317@psu.edu.

Doug Miller, Ph.D.

Doug Miller is the instructor of GEOG 596A and B 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. Doug can be reached by e-mail at miller@essc.psu.edu.

Andrew Murdoch, MGIS

Andrew Murdoch is the instructor and course developer for GEOG 489. Andrew is based in the Washington, DC metro area where he works as a GIS Programmer. Andrew has worked as a GIS Analyst and GIS Programmer for more than 15 years. Andrew has a B.A. in Geography from Virginia Tech and he is an alumnus of the Penn State MGIS program. Andrew can be reached by e-mail at ahm126@psu.edu.

James O'Brien, PhD

James O’Brien is an instructor for GEOG 485: GIS Programming and Automation (and also its previous guise GIS Programming and Customization). James is also a Spatial Risk Scientist at the Risk Frontiers Natural Hazards Research Centre located at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. Prior to joining Risk Frontiers James was a Principal Lecturer in GIS at Kingston University London teaching 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 modelling risk and vulnerability, modelling evacuation times and routes in vulnerable areas, hydrological modelling, building indices of vulnerability based on the intersection of physical and social vulnerability and developing web mapping platforms. James completed a BSc in Geographic Information Science at Curtin University and has a PhD (Geography) from Penn State and has nearly 20 years programming and database experience and almost 10 years of teaching experience. James can be reached by e-mail at jameso@psu.edu.

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 (SAL) and holds a joint position with the US 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 (VCGI).

Jarlath has over 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. Jarlath has been 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 US Forest Service Northern Research Station's 2010 award for Excellence in Science and Technology. For over a decade Jarlath 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. Jarlath can be reached by e-mail at jpo2@psu.edu.

George Panteras, PhD

Dr. Panteras is a Post Doctoral researcher at the GeoVISTA Center and the Geoinformatics and Earth Observation Laboratory in the Department of Geography at Penn State University. Also he is an instructor for the online GEOG 586 – Geographic Information Analysis in the Dutton e-Education Institute’s online MGIS program. He received his Ph.D. in Geoinformation Science from George Mason University in Fairfax VA, USA, his M.S. in Remote Sensing from University College London in London, UK, and his B.S. in Geography from Harokopio University in Athens, Greece. Before pursuing his doctorate degree, he was a research assistant in the National Observatory of Athens. During his Ph.D. he had the opportunity to work as a research assistant for numerous projects funded by IARPA, NGA, and Draper Labs. While completing his Ph.D. he joined the World Bank in Washington DC acting as a GIS & Remote Sensing expert, where he worked on several projects of global scale.

His research interests focus in GISc, remote sensing, crowdsourced geospatial data, and data mining. More specifically his research involves: the fusion of satellite imagery coupled with heterogeneous crowdsourced data in the case of natural hazards, spatio-temporal analysis of social media feeds, and spatial scene similarity. Currently his interests are focused on the application of data science methodologies in the field of GISc by utilizing mainly machine learning for big data. George can be reached by e-mail at gxp37@psu.edu.

Sterling Quinn, MGIS

Sterling is an author and an instructor for GEOG 485: GIS Programming and Automation. He works as a product engineer on the ArcGIS Server development team at Esri, and lives in the Olympia, Washington area. Sterling's interests include Web map optimization, cloud computing, and technical communication. Sterling has experienced much online learning from the perspective of a student, having completed the MGIS degree from Penn State in 2009. Sterling can be reached by e-mail at sdq107@psu.edu.

Karen Schuckman, C.P., P.L.S., MGIS

Karen Schuckman is a senior lecturer in Geography and a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State, teaching 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, Ms. 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, Ms. 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. Karen can be reached by e-mail at kschuckman@psu.edu

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. Jim can be reached by e-mail at jls27@psu.edu.

Kevin Stofan, MGIS

Kevin is an instructor for GEOG 884: Geographic Information Systems for the Geospatial Intelligence Professional. He lives and works in the Tampa Bay area as a Senior Geospatial Developer focusing on building web mapping applications and spatial analysis. Kevin’s interests include spatial analysis, point pattern analysis, and web development. Kevin completed his MGIS degree from Penn State in 2011. Kevin can be reached by e-mail at kas673@psu.edu.

Greg Thomas, Ph.D.

Greg has over twenty years of hands-on law enforcement and educational experience in intelligence. He has both developed operational intelligence concerning criminal activities and selected, trained, and supervised analysts in a criminal intelligence center. Greg has wide-ranging practical experience reviewing analytical products and providing team guidance on planning and developing intelligence and analytical products. He has extensive experience teaching intelligence and analytical techniques to college students as well as intelligence analysts and law enforcement personnel. Greg’s 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. Greg can be reached by e-mail at gat5@psu.edu.

Michael L. Thomas, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael L. Thomas is currently assigned to Naval Space and Warfare Center (SPAWAR) Charleston as a C4ISR Systems Engineer in the Communications and Networks Division. His prior assignment with SPAWAR was in the Heidelberg Office supporting HQ USAREUR in Geospatial Engineering. He is currently on detached special duty as a Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) LNO to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Immediately prior to his assignment with SPAWAR, he was the Chief J-3 Technical Projects, assigned to Georgia Tech University as a Special Projects Officer. Notably among the 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 (DMC) which provided GIS support for and between various Federal, DoD, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies. The technology was cited in several papers and actually is patented by the US 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 DEA and the FBI. Mike can be reached by e-mail at mlt222@psu.edu.

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. George is a geographer with over forty years of experience in the government and academia. He has published over twenty articles, four book chapters, and numerous presentations. George is a former Dean of Training of the 111th MI Brigade Army Intelligence Center, Fort Huachuca, Arizona. George can be reached by e-mail at gav10@psu.edu.

Jan Van Sickle, Ph.D.

Jan Van Sickle has more than forty 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. He 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 for Taylor and Francis Publishers, London. He has been a featured speaker at many conferences, including GITA conference and the Institute of Navigation (ION) Annual Meeting. He was formerly on the board of RM-ASPRS and was the vice chairman of GIS in the Rockies. Jan 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. Jan can be reached by e-mail at jxv20@psu.edu.

Jan Oliver Wallgrün, Ph.D.

Jan Oliver Wallgrün teaches GEOG 485 - GIS Programming and Automation. He is a faculty member at the Department of Geography, GeoVISTA Center, at Penn State where he teaches introductory courses to GIS and GIScience, (GIS) 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 spatio-temporal 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. Jan can be reached by e-mail at wallgrun@psu.edu.

Michelle Zeiders, M.S.

Michelle Zeiders teaches both GEOG 483 - Problem Solving with GIS and GEOG 484 - GIS Database Development. She has been teaching introductory and software-intensive GIS courses since 1998. Prior to joining the certificate program, Michelle worked as a GIS Programmer/Instructor for the Penn State Population Research Institute, a GIS Project Manager/Instructor for the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at North Carolina State University, a GIS Project Manager at a private civil engineering firm and a GIS Analyst at Mapquest. She received a bachelors degree in public administration and a master's degree in geoenvironmental studies from Shippensburg University. Michelle can be reached by e-mail at zeiders@psu.edu.