Alan MacEachren

Alan MacEachren directs the GeoVISTA Center, an interdisciplinary geographical information science center. GeoVISTA conducts and coordinates integrated and innovative research in GIScience, covering a broad range of domains from spatial cognition, through formal geo-information representation, to spatial analysis, cartography and visual analytics.

MacEachren's own research roots are in cartography and spatial cognition. His current research interests cover a wide spectrum of GIScience topics. These include: geovisual analytics, geovisualization and exploratory spatial data analysis, geosemantics and geographical information retrieval. Applications domains to which his research connects include public health, crisis management, and environmental science.


Andrew James

Andy James is the Course Author and Instructor of BA850 - Sustainability-Driven Innovation at The Pennsylvania State University.

In addition to this role, he is the Sustainability Manager of New Pig Corporation, one of the world's foremost manufacturers of environmental cleanup products.

He currently sits on the Sustainability Council of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, as well as the Industrial Advisory Board for the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (RESS) Program of The Pennsylvania State University. Past positions include the Board of Governors for The Automotive Communication Council, as well as The Idea Engagement Task Force of The Advertising Research Foundation.

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Anthony Bak Buccitelli is an Associate Professor of American Studies and Communications at the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg. He currently serves as Director of the Penn State's Center for Folklore, coordinator of its Graduate Certificate in Folklore and Ethnography, and editor of the international journal Western Folklore.

Anthony Robinson

Hello! I'm Anthony Robinson. I serve as the Director for our Online Geospatial Education programs here at Penn State, and I split my time between research with the GeoVISTA Center and online education for the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. My research work focuses closely on design issues with GIS and Geovisualization. I work with end-users and developers alike to help shape new tools and systems for a variety of application areas. I conduct experiments with users to develop design guidelines and to evaluate prototype tools. I also develop design proposals for new systems. Since I started working at Penn State in 2003 I have worked on projects for epidemiology, crisis management, and intelligence analysis domains.

Beth King

I am a Senior Lecturer and the Assistant Program Manager for Online Geospatial Education in the Dutton e-Education Institute. I have been teaching for Penn State since 2000. Half of my time is spent teaching and half of my time is working with current and prospective students. I track the progress of MGIS students in our professional degree program, communicate regularly with students to identify questions and concerns, ensure that studentsO questions are addressed, manage capstone project work, and coordinate schedules of students and advisers for public project presentations and commencement ceremonies. Prior to coming to Penn State, I worked for a GIS group in an engineering firm as a project manager for water/wastewater GIS conversion and E911 projects.

Bill Brune

My name is William Brune, a distinguished professor of Meteorology. The atmosphere creates and sustains life. It's amazing and it's important to know how it works. I love teaching this course because it contains all the essential elements of the science behind the weather. I have been fascinated by the weather ever since I was a little kid, sitting on the curb in front of my house in Houston, Texas, watching the huge thunderstorms build and build and build until you knew the rain was coming soon and heavy. Usually I got inside before I got soaked, but not always!

Brandi Robinson

Brandi is a Lecturer in the Energy and Mineral Engineering Department in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State University. She teaches courses for the Bachelor's degree in Energy and Policy Sustainability and the Master's program in Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems. She completed her undergraduate degree in 2003, with a dual BA in Environmental Studies and Geography from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. In 2005 she earned her master's degree in Geography from Penn State. Her primary research interests included local scale mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and invoking behavioral changes for energy and resource conservation.

Brent Yarnal

Brent Yarnal grew up north of San Francisco in Sonoma County, California. He got his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Davis, master's degree from the University of Calgary, Alberta, and doctorate from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Although his graduate training was in physical geography focusing on climatology, geomorphology, and glaciology, today his research bridges the physical and social sciences and integrates climate change, natural hazards, and the use of environmental information in decision-making. He is especially interested in what makes individuals, groups, and communities vulnerable to climate extremes and coastal hazards.

Brian Gaudet

My name is Brian Gaudet, and I work as a research scientist at the Department of Meteorology. My research involves using computer models to predict the interaction of winds and turbulence near the surface over regions such as central PA and Indianapolis, and using the model output to help predict the transport of particulate matter and tracers such as carbon dioxide. These model simulations can also be used as a component of a system to work backwards helping to use measurements of tracer concentrations downwind to deduce the total quantity released at a known source location. If you have never taken an online course before don't worry too much! There is some adjustment, but I hope you find the format convenient and flexible.

Brian King

Dr. Brian King has been at Penn State since 2008 and has taught Human Use of the Environment (GEOG 430), Geographies of Environment and Sustainability (GEOG 30), Health Geographies (GEOG 497), and Geographies of Justice (GEOG 433). While affiliated with the University of Cape Town during the academic year 2015 - 2016, he taught an Honour's Module on Environmental Health (EGS 4040). His graduate courses concentrate upon political ecology and international development. Dr. King's research concentrates upon several topics, particularly the impacts of conservation and development in Southern Africa, social and environmental justice, and the intersections between livelihoods, health, and environment. Dr.

Caitlin Smith

Caitlin Smith is a project manager and consultant on Esri's state and local government services team, where she works largely in support of planning agencies and initiatives. Smith joined Esri after several years working at an urban and regional planning firm in Alberta, Canada. With a master's degree in landscape architecture and specific expertise in regional planning, GIS, and geodesign, Smith helps state and local governments plan the future of their communities using Esri's next generation technologies. She is a former faculty member in Penn State's Geodesign online graduate programs.

Caroline Clifford

Dr. Caroline Burgess Clifford has been a senior research associate and lecturer at the EMS Energy Institute and in the John and Willie Leone Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering (EME) at Penn State. She is currently a senior lecturer and research associate in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Agricultural Sciences. Her expertise, both technical and managerial, is in the area of coal and biomass conversion into liquid fuels and value-added products. Dr. Clifford has done research for the last 20 years focused on direct lignin-to-liquids and coal-to-liquids to make jet fuel.

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Hi everyone, my name is Cary Anderson and I am the instructor for this course. I am a graduate of Penn State myself - I completed my M.S. degree in Geography here in the resident program at University Park. My research interests are in how the design of maps and other visual graphics alters readers' thoughts, behaviors, and decision-making processes. As you might imagine, I'm excited to be teaching this cartography and visualization course!

Chongming Wang

Chongming Wang received her MS and PhD in geography from Penn State University in 2011 and 2016 respectively. Chongming's research interests include natural hazards, disaster vulnerability, aging and older adults and mixed-methods research. She is currently a visiting postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State.

Chris Marone

I'm Dr. Chris Marone, a professor in the Department of Geosciences at Penn StateOs University Park campus, and my background is in geophysics. My research focuses on friction, earthquakes, and brittle deformation of Earth's crust. Fluids play an important role in these systems and in my research. I'm a lucky man and have a lot to smile about with five children. I enjoy homebrewing with my wife and espresso whenever I have a chance for a quick coffee. I was born in Batavia, New York and, since then, I have lived in Vermont; Binghamton, NY; New York City; Melbourne, Australia; Berkeley, CA; Boston; State College, PA; and Rome.

Chris Palma

My name is Christopher Palma, and I have a great interest in astronomy. My passion for studying space began when I was in elementary school and continues today. I grew up in New Jersey, but made my way to Pennsylvania to start formally studying astronomy and astrophysics as an undergraduate at Penn State in 1990. What won me over to Penn State was a brochure they sent to prospective students pointing out that Penn State at the time operated the largest telescope east of the Mississippi. At that time, my knowledge of astronomy (and meteorology) was pretty basic, and I had no idea that central Pennsylvania is a pretty awful place for an observatory, given our fraction of nights with clear skies.

Daniel  Kasper

I grew up in a very small town in Central Pennsylvania (Milesburg). I enrolled at Penn State with the intention of becoming an engineer, but after trying out a few majors ended up deciding on Earth Science because it interested me the most. I've always been, and continue to be, fascinated by natural processes, from the tiniest processes such as soil formation to the large, dramatic processes such as mountain building. After earning my BS, I spun my wheels for a few years bartending and working at the Center for Environmental Informatics at Penn State. I focused mostly on basic Geographic Information Systems (GIS) work at the latter job. I continued to use GIS throughout my academic career.

David Bice

Dave Bice grew up in Minnesota back when there were real winters. EHe received a BA in Geology at Carleton College, also in Minnesota, but then moved out west to work for the US Geological Survey, studying Mt. St. Helens, where he learned what geothermal heat is all about. He then moved down the coast to Berkeley, California for his Ph.D., which involved extensive field work on the stratigraphy, structure, and tectonics of the Northern Apennines mountains in Italy. After completing his Ph.D., he took a faculty position at Carleton College, where he spent the next 15 years teaching and doing research that drifted from paleomagnetism and stratigraphy to asteroid impacts and eventually to paleoclimate.

David DiBiase

David is an educator and lifelong student of what the U.S. Department of Labor calls the "Geospatial Technology Industry." He's taught for Penn State University since 1989 and founded its "World Campus" online certificate and master's degree programs in GIS. In 2011 David joined Esri to lead its Education Industry and Business Development teams. In that role he gained a broader perspective on the industry and the global education and training infrastructure that supports it. David was editor-in-chief of the first editions of the GIS&T Body of Knowledge and the Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model. He also led the NSF-funded GIS Professional Ethics project.

David O'Sullivan

I am currently an Associate Professor at the University of California, Berkley. I have a PhD from the University of London, Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis, a Masters of Science from the University of Glasgow in Cartography and Geo-information Technology and a BA/MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. My research and teaching interests are eclectic, perhaps because I came to geography late with a first degree in engineering science. I am an urban geographer, with a particular interest in novel (and mixed!) geographic methods. Some common threads are fundamental concepts in spatial analysis, modeling and visualization, and the implications of geospatial technologies, computation, and especially, the complexity sciences, for how we can and should represent the world.

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Del Bright is the Giles Writer-in-Residence for the EMS Ryan Family Student Center. She has composed instructional materials for composition, written and edited technical books and articles, and has published articles in magazines and newspapers. She has over twenty years of experience teaching in online and classroom settings. She completed a Master of Science in Forestry from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interest is the use of narratives in science communication. Her blog offers advice on writing issues and professional documents (Del Bright's Blog).

Demian Saffer

Dr. Demian Saffer is the Associate Head of Graduate Programs in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Department of Geology at Penn State University. Dr. Saffer has a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a BA in Geology from Williams College.EHe has been at Penn State since 2007 and much of his research lies at the exciting crossroads between geohydrology, active tectonics, fault mechanics, and structural geology. His groupOs research focuses on quantifying the relationships between fluid flow, mechanics and deformation, solute transport, and heat transport in a range of geologic settings.

Dennis Bellafiore

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. Over the past twenty years, 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, PA.

Dinah Maygarden

Dinah Maygarden, Research Associate and Director of the Coastal Education Program in the Pontchartrain Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of New Orleans, received a B.Sc. from the University of Wales and a M.A., Science Teaching from the University of New Orleans. Dinah has worked in these and other capacities for 20 years at UNO. She works to secure funding to implement educational projects that address science education needs, particularly those pertaining to increasing young people's and teachers' understanding of Louisiana's coastal zone.

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Earl Crown is a doctoral student and graduate assistant in American Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, where he also teaches United States history. His scholarly interests include the social, political, and intellectual history of the Jim Crow South. He is currently researching the 1948 presidential campaign of Henry Wallace and its connection to progressive student activism at the University of Florida and other Southern universities.

Eliza Richardson

I'm Dr. Eliza Richardson and I am the author for this course, as well as the lead faculty member for the Master of Education in Earth Sciences program. I am an assistant professor of geosciences at Penn State's University Park campus and I am also a fellow of the Dutton Institute for e-Education, housed in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Like Bruce Springsteen, I was born in New Jersey. Unlike The Boss, however, I grew up in Blacksburg, VA. I also spent time living in the Caribbean and England because my parents were academics and sometimes traveled for their research. I received my undergraduate degree in 1996 from Princeton University where I majored in geology & geophysics and got a certificate in East Asian studies.

Emmanuel Bruno Jean-Francois is an Assistant Professor of French & Francophone Studies, and Comparative Literature, whose scholarship and teaching interests draw from a variety of fields such as postcolonial and decolonial theories, migration studies, island and ocean studies, and Creole and ethnic studies. His first monograph, Poetiques de la violence et recits francophones contemporains (Brill, 2017), is a comparative study that foregrounds the notion of 'rupture' as a relational framework for theorizing the aesthetic and ethical responses which twenty-first century francophone writers across the Global South offer to the global culture of violence, and to the endless stream of violent imagery that have become both mundane and myopic in our contemporary society.

Erich Schienke

Erich W. Schienke, PhD. Lecturer, John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, and Sustainability Management and Policy Option Leader in the Renewable Energy and Sustainability Systems (Online Masters and Graduate Certificates Program); and Ethics Co-Leader for the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, The Pennsylvania State University. I received my Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) in August 2006 and have been intellectually engaged with STS as a field since 1990.

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Eugene Boman received his BA from Reed College in 1984, his MA in 1986 and his Ph.D. in 1993; both of the latter were from the University of Connecticut. He has been teaching math at The Pennsylvania State University since 1996, first at the DuBois campus (1996-2006) and then at the Harrisburg campus. In 2008 he won the Carl B. Allendorfer Award for excellence in expository mathematical writing from the editors of Mathematics Magazine, for the article "Mom! There's an Asteroid in My Closet" (Mathematics Magazine, Vol. 80 (2007), pp. 247-273).

Farid Tayari

I teach both online and in-residence courses in the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State University. I hold a Ph.D. in Energy Management and Policy, which is an interdisciplinary major between economics and engineering from The Penn State University. I also have an MBA from the University of Tehran, and a Bachelor's of science in Chemical Engineering from Sharif University. I have years of research and work experience in economic assessment of energy projects, especially in the field of oil, gas, and renewables. I'm also experienced in energy economics, policy analysis, mathematical modeling, quantitative simulation, and programming.

Fritz Kessler

I began my career in geography at Ohio University (a small state school located in Athens, OH) as a math major. During the summer between my junior and senior years, I took an elective course in physical geography. During the first day's lecture, the professor described "human" and "physical" as the two spheres of geography. He then added a side-bar comment that geographers also make maps. I was intrigued. After talking with the department's cartography professor later that day, I switched majors to geography - specializing in cartography. After graduation, I worked for the US Geological Survey (USGS) as a Cartographic Technician creating maps and illustrations for various USGS publications.

George Chaplin

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.

George Van Otten

Until 2009, I worked for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, and prior to that, taught geography at Northern Arizona University. I was also a member of the U.S. Air Force (1967-1983; five years active duty) and served as a C-130 pilot from 1968-1972. After completing a Ph.D. at Oregon State University, I joined the geography faculty at Northern Arizona University and in 1983 switched from the Air Force to Army Reserves, initially as an ordnance officer. In 1988, I transferred from ordnance to intelligence and served in that role until I retired from the military in 1996. During the several decades I spent at Northern Arizona University, I worked closely with the Indian Nations of Arizona on rural development, educational programs, and land-use planning.

Haley Sankey

I am a faculty member for the online Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy, instructing EGEE 495: Internship Experience, EGEE 299: Foreign Studies, and EMSC 302: Orientation to Energy and Sustainability Policy. Previously, I worked as a licensing coordinator assisting hydroelectric utilities to navigate the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's cooperative licensing agreement process. I helped foster stakeholder involvement, a critical component for successful license submission and approval, and supported habitat and water quality study efforts. I also recently served as the Southern Alleghenies Regional Energy Coordinator, completing energy audits and educating municipalities on energy reduction and savings opportunities.

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Hannah A. Matangos is an inaugural candidate in the dual-title PhD program in German Literature & Culture and Visual Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Her work looks at the intersection of art and technology in the German context and beyond. She especially focuses on the ways in which visual technologies, such as those of photography, cinema, and even video games, have changed the way we perceive and interact with the world. During the academic year, Hannah teaches undergraduate courses in the German basic language sequence and literature.

Heather Karsten

Since she can remember, Heather Karsten's favorite color has been green. A native of the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, Heather's interest in plants and nature was nurtured through lots of outdoor recreational activities, gardening with her mother, and spending time on the farm of family friends. Due to her keen interest in plants and the environmental sciences, she studied Environmental Biology at Yale, where she discovered the field of Agroecology.

Dr. McCune Bruhn is an Assistant Teaching Professor. An artist and teacher from a family of artists and teachers, she earned BFAs in both Printmaking and Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University (1993) before coming to Penn State for her MA (1997) and Ph.D. (2006) in Art History. Her Fulbright-funded thesis research in Germany on Late Gothic monstrances addressed issues of patronage and value, materials and methods, and liturgical function. She addresses similar themes in her teaching, both in basic surveys and in her specialty, medieval art. Her current research into materials and techniques reflects her background as a practicing artist and her ongoing investigation into materials, methods, and workshop practice. In 2006, Dr.

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Ibis Sierra Audivert is a dual-title PhD candidate in Spanish and Visual Studies at the Pennsylvania State University and an instructor in the Spanish basic language program. Her research work and academic interests include gender and sexualities, postcolonial discourses in Latin America and the Caribbean, Latinx and black feminisms, and media studies. For her doctoral project, she focuses on the cinematic and literary representations of sexual minorities in Latin America and the Caribbean by addressing questions of body politics, materiality and the aesthetics of Neobaroque.

James O'Brien

I got involved in GIS in 1993 but via a slightly different path perhaps to most people. A year earlier I'd been introduced to GIS at a university promotional event where it was described as "Computing and Environmental Studies." Intrigued at how the two could be combined, I went along, listened, liked what I heard and selected GIS as my undergraduate degree. That degree, combining GIS with a solid background in Computing Science, led to me being employed as a computer programmer, hardware technician, cartographer and a few other things along the way.

I graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in Biology in 2012. Afterwards I worked as a field technician on multiple research projects in Northern Minnesota, Equatorial Guinea, Florida, and the Pacific Northwest. Being immersed in these landscapes fostered my current interests in landscape ecology, fire ecology, and disturbance ecology. In particular, I became aware of how certain areas of a forest would rebound from fire, while recovery in other areas seemed compromised. I began to wonder during long days in the field: What drives spatial patterns of forest regeneration? How do we know if these forests will ever fully recover? It was these questions (which are very geographical!) that encouraged me to enroll as a graduate student in the Geography Department.

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Jamie Peeler is a NatureNet Science Fellow with The Nature Conservancy and University of Montana. She uses science and storytelling to help land managers steward forests through a new fire era. She completed her MS and PhD in Geography at The Pennsylvania State University. 

Jan Oliver Wallgrun

I have been working as a researcher and instructor at the Penn State Geography department, but a little while ago moved back to Germany where I am originally from. I am a computer scientist by training, with my master and Ph.D. both in Informatics. However, I have been working in the areas of GIS and GIScience for more than a decade now. In my residential courses at Penn State, I have been teaching introductory courses to GIS and GIScience, geospatial data management and spatial databases, and object-oriented programming for GIScience.

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Jane Sutterlin is a Learning Designer in the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University. Since 2005, Jane has collaborated with content experts and designed courses that utilize technology as a tool for learning while implementing current learning science research strategies.  Jane earned a Master's Degree in Learning, Design and Technology from Penn State University.

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Neigh is an Associate Professor of English at Penn State Behrend. Her research interests include Caribbean studies, global modernism, postcolonial feminist theory, and poetry of the Americas. She is the author of Recalling Recitation in the Americas: Borderless Curriculum, Performance Poetry, and Reading (University of Toronto Press, 2017).

JD Kronicz

I have worked as a consultant for over 25 years serving clients in the transportation, scientific, environmental, and manufacturing industries. For the past 15 years, my efforts have been primarily focused on developing GIS software applications for transportation. I led a development team tasked with maintaining over 40 spatially enabled applications for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). I am 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.

Frey Brownson

I harken from the Great Plains, West of the Mississippi. I am originally from North Dakota, home of dozens (which I'm told is a lot like Inner Mongolia). Actually, my home town of Grand Forks is a university town about the same size as State College, PA, with a nearby air base, and an internationally recognized aerospace program. I greatly enjoy visual arts and design, but I began my career in science by studying the earth systems around me, in particular geology and environmental chemistry. I trained as a multidisciplinary research scientist, and earned my PhD from the University of Wisconsin--Madison in Environmental Chemistry and Technology developing materials science technologies for environmental applications.

Jenn Baka

"I am an energy geographer interested in understanding the interconnected political and biophysical processes shaping and shaped by systems of energy provision. Motivated by growing up in the former coal region of northeast Pennsylvania, my main research objective is to evaluate the distribution of costs and benefits resulting from energy provision and to design strategies for reducing the all too often unequal distribution of these flows. Long an advocate of interdisciplinary research and mixed method approaches, my research draws upon and helps to advance the fields of political ecology, resource geography, environmental governance, energy studies and industrial ecology.

Jennifer Smith

I am Jennifer (Jenny) Smith Mason, a PhD ABD candidate in the GeoVISTA Center and ChoroPhronesis research unit (formerly Human Factors Lab) in the geography department at Pennsylvania State University. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California by my parents James and Marilyn Smith with my older brother Sean. I currently reside in Los Angeles while finishing my dissertation. I love to ski, snowboard, play soccer, and do most outdoor activities. I graduated from Culver City High School in 2003. I attended Long Beach City College in the fall of 2003 and won a national championship playing soccer. Following my coach to Long Beach State University, I played another year of college soccer.

Jennifer Smith Mason

"I am Jennifer (Jenny) Smith Mason, a PhD ABD candidate in the GeoVISTA Center and ChoroPhronesis research unit (formerly Human Factors Lab) in the geography department at Pennsylvania State University. I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California by my parents James and Marilyn Smith with my older brother Sean. I currently reside in Los Angeles while finishing my dissertation. I love to ski, snowboard, play soccer, and do most outdoor activities. I graduated from Culver City High School in 2003. I attended Long Beach City College in the fall of 2003 and won a national championship playing soccer. Following my coach to Long Beach State University, I played another year of college soccer.

Jim Detwiler

Hi, I'm Jim Detwiler. I've been an instructor in the Geography Department's online GIS program since 2000. Back then, we had just a one-year, non-credit certificate program with few electives. Today, we offer a Master of GIS degree with numerous electives that enable students to focus on application areas of interest to them. I'm very proud to be associated with this program, both in terms of the faculty involved and the adult professionals who enroll in it. Since joining the online geospatial program, I have authored and taught GEOG 485: GIS Programming and Customization (a VBA/ArcObjects course that's now retired), GEOG 489: GIS Application Development, GEOG 863: GIS Mashups and GEOG 897D: Spatial Database Management, first offered in 2002, 2005, 2008, and 2012, respectively.

Hello, my name is Jim Sloan. I teach three of our courses in this online Certificate and Master's programs: this course (Geography 897D), Geography 482: The Nature of Geographic Information, and Geography 484: GIS Database Development. I've been a member of the faculty in this program since January of 2003.

Joe Schall

Joe Schall was the Giles Writer-in-Residence for the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at Penn State from 1988 until 2008. He received an M.A. in English from Penn State in 1988 and a B.S. in English Education from Juniata College in 1981. He has won numerous honors for his writing and teaching, including the Bobst Award for Emerging Writers from New York University and the Wilson Award for Outstanding Teaching from Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Joshua Stevens

"I am currently the lead for data visualization and cartographic quality at NASA's Earth Observatory.
Before joining NASA I was an NSF IGERT PhD fellow in Big Data Social Science and Geography at The Pennsylvania State University. At Penn State I researched cartography and geovisual analytics with an emphasis on human-computer interaction, interactive affordances, and big data. My work focused on new forms of map interaction made possible by well constructed visual cues.

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Associate Professor of German, English and Comparative Literature
Penn State University, Altoona College

Jutta's current research interests focus on issues of forced migration, particularly political asylum, in literature, film, and law. Her work has been published in New German Critique, Arethusa, Mosaic, Germanic Review, and African American Review, among others, and she is presently working on a project tentatively entitled "States of Asylum: Refugees and the City." She is interested in collaborative pedagogies, especially course maps combining scholarly inquiry, creative writing, and out-of-classroom experiences as well as inter-institutional public humanities projects.

Karen Hagemeier Jensen

I'm Karen Hagemeier Jensen, and I graduated from Penn State in December 2008 with a BA in International Politics and Minors in Middle Eastern Studies and History. I have continued studying the Middle East and the oil industry with educational trips to Egypt and Iraq. I graduated from an online program from Clarion University with a Master's degree in Library Science with concentration on distance learners. My current research is on encouraging collegiate quality research with undergraduates and to focus on current geopolitical situations that revolve around the petroleum industry. On the personal side, I am from Colorado & Wyoming, currently live in Pennsylvania with my husband, puppy, and kitty. I frequently watch Amish carriages pass in front of our house.

Karen Schuckman

Karen Schuckman is an Assistant Teaching Professor at Penn State University, teaching remote sensing and geospatial technology in the online programs offered by the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute. She has been teaching at Penn State since 2007, prior to which she worked extensively in private industry as a photogrammetrist and GIS consultant. She also serves as a Program Manager for the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).

Karl Zimmerer

Karl Zimmerer is professor of Environment and Society Geography and directs the GeoSyntheSES Lab at Pennsylvania State University. He co-chairs the Peru GEN network and the International Agrobiodiversity Workshop. Karl is involved in ongoing research and teaching activities in the U.S., Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia. His sabbatical activities in 2015-2016 included bases at Harvard and Humboldt Universities, in Peru, and with the Culture Landscapes project in Europe and Japan. Karl focuses on approaches to the transformative resilience of land use and food systems using agrobiodiversity models, spatial landscape designs, and cultural, socioeconomic, and historical analysis.

Li Li

Li Li is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Penn State University. She received her B.S and M.S. in Environmental Chemistry from Nanjing University and her Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering & Water Resources from Princeton University in 2005. She has been at Penn State since 2009. Her research group works at the interface of water resources, multiphase flow, biogeochemistry, and environmental engineering. In particular, we are interested in understanding complex interactions between flow, transport, and multi-component biogeochemical reactions in natural systems.

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Assistant Teaching Professor of Psychology, Psychology program, Applied Clinical Psychology M.A. program, and Digital Media, Arts, and Technology program
Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Lucas Witmer

Dr. Luke Witmer received his BS in Engineering from Messiah College and a Master's degree and PhD in Energy and Mineral Engineering from Penn State. He currently works as a Lead Research Engineer at Greensmith Energy.

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Magali Armillas-Tiseyra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Penn State-University Park. Her research centers on African and Latin American literatures, with a focus on the intersection of large-scale comparative frameworks, such as World Literature and the Global South, with local and regional specificities. Her first book, The Dictator Novel: Writers and Politics in the Global South, was published by Northwestern University Press in 2019. You can learn more about Dr. Armillas-Tiseyra on her faculty profile page.

Maria Scalzi Wherley (she, her) is a Learning Designer and Writer-in-Residence with the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at Penn State and serves as a writing tutor to online students. Her research interests relate to writing and science communication and to learning science. She has twenty years of teaching experience, serving a wide variety of learners a diverse range of subjects. She has also worked at the state level to design curriculum for public schools. Maria holds an M. Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State University. She is happily married with two grown sons, is an avid cyclist, and takes refuge in music and the outdoors. 

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Maria Truglio is a Professor of Italian and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Penn State (University Park). She earned her BA from Wesleyan University in 1992, and her MA (1996) and PhD (2001) from Yale University. Her research investigates Italian literature from the nineteenth century to the present day with attention to questions of gender and national identity formation. She is currently focusing on the field of children's literature, bringing psychoanalytic, post-structuralist, and postcolonial methodologies to bear on texts written for young people from the unification period forward.

Mark Corson

Mark Corson has been a professional educator for over 20 years. Mark is a Professor of Geography at Northwest Missouri State University. Through a cooperative agreement with Penn State, he authored and teaches "Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence" as the foundation course for the Penn State Graduate Certificate Program in Geospatial Intelligence. Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Government from the University of San Francisco and his Master's and Doctoral Degrees in Geography from the University of South Carolina. He also has a Master's of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College. Mark began his teaching career in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York.

Mark Fedkin

The main areas of my professional interest are renewable energy and environmental sustainability. I received my Ph.D. in Geo-Environmental Engineering from Penn State University in 2003. Over the past ten years, I worked for the Earth and Mineral Sciences Energy Institute at Penn State doing research on a variety of renewable energy technologies, especially electrochemical energy systems D fuel cells, electrolyzers, and electrochemical sensors. In my studies I was particularly focused on energy conversion mechanisms that take place at the micro-, nano-, and atomistic scale. At the same time, having a diverse *geo* background (I also have a BS in Geology), I have always been interested in global natural and anthropogenic processes, their trends and interactions in the planet history.

Matt Beaty

In addition to teaching for Penn State's Online Geospatial Education Program, I work for the Australian Government Department of Health in the Health Informatics and Analytics Branch. Before joining the Department of Health, I was a Senior Experimental Scientist in the Cities Program and Climate Adaptation Flagship at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national research lab. Before that, I did my Ph.D. work in Geography at Penn State!

Michael Adewumi

Michael Adewumi is Professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and Vice Provost for Global Programs at Penn State. He is also the Quentin E. and Louise L. Wood Faculty Fellow in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering at Penn State University. In his role as Vice Provost for Global Programs, he provides leadership for all of Penn State's global engagements, ranging from hosting thousands of students from more than 100 countries to sending thousands of Penn State students to more than 200 study abroad programs overseas and building strategic partnerships with institutions around the world. The Global Programs office supports and promotes the development of the International dimension that pervades Penn State's integration of teaching, research/scholarship, service, and outreach.

Michael Mann

Dr. Michael E. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA's outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002.

As a member of Riparia - formerly the Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Institute- I'm part of a research group that focuses on science to inform policy and practice. My education, background, and current research projects all center around hydrology, but frequently branch off into other related topics. This spring and summer I'll be finishing up or continuing work on the following projects within Riparia and with other interdisciplinary groups at Penn State:

Mike Arthur

I'm Mike Arthur of the Department of Geosciences at Penn State's University Park campus, and my background is in marine geology. My research is focused on paleooceanography, which is to say the geologic history of the oceans including geochemistry, stable isotopes, and patterns of past global change. I grew up in Southern California (San Bernardino, of "Route 66" fame) where I did develop a love for the sea (as a way to get out of the hot, dry desert) that began with board surfing at SoCal beaches and has led to traversing the high seas on various oceanographic research expeditions and as part of the Ocean Drilling Program.

M. Amer Chaaban

I am M. Amer Chaaban, and I would like to take this opportunity and introduce myself. I have worked for RGS Energy, a Real Goods Solar company that is one of the nation's top solar power companies, as a Solar Design Engineer. During my work at RGS, I designed over 1,000 residential and large commercial solar systems combined with over 20 Megawatts in capacity. I hold a Master of Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with Photovoltaic Technology emphasis and a Bachelor degree in Power Systems. I am currently completing my PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Neyda Abreu

My undergraduate degrees are in Physics and Astronomy. My Master and Doctoral degrees are in Earth and Planetary Sciences. Basically, I am a Mineralogist and Geochemist who loves Math and Chemistry. My research work spans the breadth of the Solar System. You may wonder how that relates to Sustainability... Space is where the future of resource exploration lies and where we have the very real choice of extending either our best or our worst resource stewardship practices. Some of my colleagues call Lunar 3He "the Persian Gulf" of the 21st century. I am actively involved in making sure this is not so.

Pat Kennelly

A little about my background. I have a bachelor's degree in geology, a master's degree in geophysics, and a Ph.D. in geography. Additionally, I have twelve years of work experience in industry, state government, and consulting. Five of those years I was a GIS manager or project manager. I am currently a Professor of Geography at Long Island University in New York and a Visiting Professor of Geography at Penn State University.

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Dr. Milwood is a 2011 Fulbright scholar and graduate of Temple University's School of Tourism & Hospitality Management. She received her BSc. (Hotel Management) and Executive MBA (General Management) degrees from The University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica, and has twenty-five years managerial experience in Jamaica's hospitality sector.

Petra Tschakert

Dr Petra Tschakert is an Associate Professor of Geography. She received her PhD. In Arid Lands Resource Sciences from the University of Arizona. Her research interests include Climate change adaptation, human dimensions of global change, adaptive capacity and anticipatory learning, rural livelihoods, livelihood resilience and transitions, social and environmental justice and health, marginalization, coupled social-ecological systems, political ecology, environmentally-induced migration, gold mining and West Africa.

Qassim Abdullah

Dr. Qassim Abdullah is an accomplished scientist with more than 35 years of combined industrial, research and development, and academic experience in analytical photogrammetry, digital remote sensing, and civil and surveying engineering. Over the course of his career, Dr. Abdullah has contributed significantly toward the advancement of digital aerial imagery and LiDAR acquisition, and production processes. Among his accomplishments, Dr.

Rachel Kornak

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.

Raechel Bianchetti White

"Raechel White received her doctoral degree from the Pennsylvania State University Geography program in 2014. Her doctoral research explored the cognitive processes and knowledge that facilitate remote sensing image interpretation and the use of geovisual analytic approaches to facilitate insight generation from imagery. Prior to that, she studied remote sensing at the University of Idaho for a variety of physical science applications including geological mapping on Mars and forests in Idaho. Raechel's research encompasses a range of approaches to integrating human knowledge, computation, and visualization of remote sensing imagery.

Richard Alley

Dr. Richard Alley (PhD 1987, Geology, Wisconsin) is Evan Pugh University Professor of Geosciences at Penn State. He studies the great ice sheets to help predict future changes in climate and sea level, and has conducted three field seasons in Antarctica, eight in Greenland, and three in Alaska. He has been honored for research (including election to the US National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Membership in the Royal Society), teaching, and service. Dr.

Rob Brooks

As Professor of Geography and Ecology in the Department of Geography at the Pennsylvania State University, and Director and Founder of Riparia, a Center where science informs policy and practice, I have worked in wetlands science and wildlife ecology for over 30 years, developing a widely recognized and integrated program of education, research and outreach. I have taught over a dozen different undergraduate wildlife courses and graduate courses in the ecology and management of wetlands, physical geography, field geography, wildlife management and conservation, and restoration ecology. Since 1978, I have published over 125 technical papers, books, and book chapters and presented over 165 technical presentations at conferences and meetings.

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Robert Rogers received his BS in Mathematics with Certification in Secondary Education from Buffalo State College in 1979. He earned his MS in Mathematics from Syracuse University in 1980 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Buffalo in 1987, specializing in Functional Analysis/Operator Theory. He has been on the faculty of the State University of New York at Fredonia since 1987 where he is currently SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics.

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Robin Bower is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature at Penn State Beaver. A medievalist, Bower's primary research area is the emergence of vernacular romance verse in the Spanish Kingdoms of medieval Spain, particularly as those forms engage with inherited Latin traditions through remembrance, contestatory citation, and disavowal. Her interest in the politics of cultural memory extends to contemporary texts, as well as to this project. Her book, Making Saints of the Past in Medieval Iberia, is currently under review.

Ron Santini

So, who am I? I am an instructor for the Penn State World Campus and come to the World Campus from a different path than your typical instructor. I worked for 30+ years in the environmental field, 18 with a major southeastern United States energy utility. During my years at the utility, I was a project scientist and then a manager of a group of scientists and technicians responsible for the environmental assessment and monitoring of soil, surface water, and groundwater from utility discharges, waste ponds, ash basins, and landfills at fossil-, nuclear-, and hydroelectric-generating facilities. In addition, my team conducted environmental assessments for proposed overhead electric transmission lines, proposed generating facilities, and of contaminated legacy sites.

Ronald Redwing

Hello, my name is Ron Redwing. I am a senior lecturer in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Although I joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in only 2016, I have been at Penn State for over fifteen years, the last five as an Associate Dean in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Before that, I was in the Department of Physics, starting as an instructor and finishing as a senior lecturer. I am originally from Missouri and received my Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In addition to my teaching duties here at Penn State, I am currently setting up a laboratory to grow 2D layered bulk crystals. These crystals are similar to a nano-material we will be discussing in the course, graphene.

Ryan Baxter

I am a Senior Researcher and Instructor in the Dutton e-Education Institute. I teach courses within the Penn State Online Geospatial Program and in the Department of Geography. I am also active in several research projects at the Penn State Institutes of Energy & the Environment (IEE) including spatial data management systems, like PASDA, and modeling the land use implications of bio energy production.

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Sabine Doran is an Associate Professor of German and Jewish Studies at Penn State. She works at the intersection of literature, visual culture, and Holocaust studies. Dr. Doran's research focuses on color and its relation to theories of race, material history, and religious thought. Her first book, The Culture of Yellow, or, The Visual Politics of Late Modernity (Bloomsbury, 2013), explores the cultural significance of yellow as a color of stigma.

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Sarah J. Townsend is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Penn State-University Park, where she teaches courses such as Amazonia and Extractivism, Luso-Brazilian Theater Workshop, Latin American Modernisms and (Old) New Media, and Through the Looking-Glass: Race in the U.S. and Brazil. In broad terms, her work deals with the connections among culture, politics, and economics from the late nineteenth century to the present, a dynamic she most often explores through a focus on theater and/or other media technologies in Latin America. She is the co-editor of Stages of Conflict: A Critical Anthology of Latin American Theater and Performance (2008) and the author of The Unfinished Art of Theater: Avant-Garde Intellectuals in Mexico and Brazil (2018).

Sarma Pisupati

My name is Sarma Pisupati and I have been at Penn State for the past 26 years doing research and teaching courses related to Energy and Environment. Teaching is the most enjoyable part of my job at the University. I enjoy every minute and I promise that every one of you will get my full attention so that you can succeed in this course and your life. My research interests are combustion and gasification of coal, pollution reduction from combustion processes, coal and biomass utilization and energy conservation. I have seven graduate students working with me on these topics towards their PhD and MS degrees. You can visit my website to see more about my activities.

Semih Eser

Semih Eser is a Professor of Energy and Geo-Environmental Engineering and Director of the Carbon Materials Program at EMS Energy Institute. Eser's teaching and research activities cover topics in petroleum processing, energy conversion, and energy policy, carbon materials, and the environmental aspects of energy conversion. His service to the profession at American Chemical Society includes terms as Councilor (2013-2021 in the Division of Energy and Fuels; Councilor (2010-2012), Chair of Executive Committee (2005), and Program Chair (2004) in the Division of Fuel Chemistry. Eser is a fellow of the American Chemical Society since 2014. He also served the American Carbon Society as a member of the Advisory Committee and Awards Secretary (2010-2016).

Seth Blumsack

Seth Blumsack is Associate Professor of Energy Policy and Economics in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, where he has been since 2007. He also chairs the Energy Business and Finance program at Penn State. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics and Economics from Reed College in 1998, an M.S. in Economics from Carnegie Mellon in 2003, and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon in 2006. Prior to returning to academia, Dr. Blumsack worked for Economic Insight, Inc., in Portland, Oregon, where he served as a consultant and contributing editor for the Energy Market Report, a daily newsletter covering wholesale electricity and natural gas markets in North America.

Sridhar Anandakrishnan

Sridhar Anandakrishnan is a geophysicist and a Columbia University and Wisconsin (Go Bucky!) graduate, who has been at Penn State off and on since 1992. Dr. "A" splits his time between teaching (this intro class, geophysics classes, and some math and computer related classes for geoscientists), service (committees, panels, talks to the public), and research (what's under the glaciers and will they melt?). He has spent a good chunk of his time in Antarctica doing research on and about the glaciers there. Go to the US Antarctic Program's newsletter for a flavor of life and work in Antarctica. When not in work mode, Dr. A's attention goes to the family, cats, bicycles, and gardening. Here is a brief video biography: Interview with the Iceman.

Stephen Mainzer

Stephen Mainzer is a designer, educator, and researcher whose work engages a socio-ecological systems approach to exploring decision dynamics of coupled human and natural environments. He studies ways in which the biophysical landscape - urban form, physiography, and ecology - intersect with the behaviors of individuals and communities toward energy use, conservation, planning, and pro-environmental voting actions. His methods build upon six years of professional practice and a transdisciplinary Ph.D. degree to employ geographic information systems, statistics, and qualitative techniques that advocate for evidence-based strategies.

Sterling Quinn

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.

Steve Seman

Steve Seman is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State University. Like many meteorologists, he knew that he wanted to study the atmosphere from a very early age. After finding an old cloud chart around age 5, he was hooked. When traveling, he would always stare skyward out the car window to see if he could figure out what kinds of clouds were in the sky, and darkening skies due to imminent thunderstorms filled him with both terror and wonder. After growing up in Findlay, Ohio, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Penn State in 2003 and his Master of Education in Adult Education in 2009.

Steven Vanek

As an indication of the twists and turns that can lead one to contemplate food systems, I pursued physics in my undergraduate program at Cornell University, and then, through a series of volunteer and teaching experiences with rural development organizations in the developing world, I attended graduate school first in Horticulture for an MS and then a PhD in soil science. I've conducted basic research on the processes that allow soils to feed plants and supply food systems, but much of my work has been on understanding agriculture at an applied level and in the way it contributes to global food systems, from case studies of organic farms in the Northeast United States, to collaborations with nutritionists in studying Bolivian smallholder farming households.

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Charles is a 4th year Dual Title PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and African Studies at Penn State University. Her areas of expertise include sub-Saharan African Literature, Postcolonial Literatures, Theory and Criticism, Poetry and Poetics and Eco-criticism.

Tim Bralower

Tim Bralower was born in Armonk, NY but moved to London at the age of four. Tim attended Oxford University and received a BA in Earth Science. Tim followed his undergraduate degree with a PhD in Earth Science at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego. Although a classically trained marine geologist, Tim's specialty is calcareous nannoplankton, a group of marine plankton that leave an exquisite fossil record. The nannoplankton allow us to tell time or date ancient sediments back to 225 million years ago, and, in addition, inform us about environments in the past. Recently Tim has focused his research on ancient time periods when climate warmed rapidly. In particular, he is interested in what happens to life during these episodes.

Tim White

I am Dr. Tim White and I am a Senior Research Associate in the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) and a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Geosciences at Penn StateOs University Park (main) campus in central PA. Please address me as Tim. I was born in Allentown, PA, but spent the first six years of my life bouncing between naval bases with a father in the Navy before we returned to Allentown. I completed my undergraduate degree in geology at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, and an MS in geology at Penn State in 1989. Subsequently, I spent 4 years working in the environmental-hydrogeologic consulting industry. In 1993, I returned to Penn State to pursue a Ph.D. in geosciences.

Todd Bacastow

I am a Professor of Practice for Geospatial Intelligence in Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the founder and lead faculty of Penn State's Geospatial Intelligence program. Penn State's Geospatial Intelligence program is accredited by the United State Geospatial Intelligence Foundation and part of Penn State's award-winning portfolio of Online Geospatial Education programs that has served over 5,000 students since 1999.

My current research focuses on determining the optimal training and educational means to improve the sensemaking of the geospatial analyst working as part of an intelligence team. Sensemaking refers to the process by which humans are able to generate explanations for data that are otherwise sparse, noisy, and uncertain.

Tom is currently the Assistant Director for Undergraduate Programs, School of Energy at the University of Tulsa. He authored a version of EBF 301 in 2012. You will hear him lecture throughout the course. Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the oil & gas industry, primarily in the midstream sector, and 14 years of experience as an adjunct instructor for various universities. His primary expertise lies in the areas of energy markets and commodities trading, but he is well versed in industry aspects of supply chain and logistics, particularly as they apply to the midstream oil and gas sector and the power sector.

Travis Tennessen, PhD, works in the Center for Service-Learning at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he studied and taught about environmental history and community-based natural resource management. The Sarvodaya philosophy and movements have inspired his teaching and community organizing efforts, including the Community Engagement Fellows program he leads. Several years ago Travis gave a TEDx talk inspired by the Sri Lankan Sarvodaya movement entitled, "Creating Universities of Life." He served on the Sarvodaya USA board for several years, and now stays involved as a consultant.

Vera Cole

Hi! My name is Vera Cole, and I'm fascinated by energy--the science, the industry, the economics, the socio-implications, and the magic of energy in its many forms and transformations. I also believe this is a topic of immense importance at this point in world history--in terms of the environment, security and freedom, and economic stability. We need strong balanced policy, supported by informed voters. I hope this course adds to our collective working knowledge.

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Victoria Boyd-Jennings is currently pursuing a dual PhD in French and Francophone Studies and African Studies at Penn State University. Her research interests include Francophone diasporic identity formation and the collective memory of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and colonialism through the examination of precolonial historiographies and colonial archival documents.

Yaw Yeboah

Dr. Yaw Yeboah was Department Head of Energy and Mineral Engineering at Penn State University from 2004 - 2012, during which time he authored the initial version of EGEE 120, Oil: International Evolution. In 2012, he became the Dean of the College of Engineering at Florida A & M and is currently a professor there. His research interests include electrocatalysis/heterogeneous catalysis, combustion and emission control, oilfield scale formation, coal and/or biomass conversion processes, petroleum and natural gas production and processing, energy, materials and the environment.

Course Spotlight

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Cartography and Visualization (GEOG 486) covers design principles and techniques for creating maps with contemporary mapping tools. Students will be introduced to future-focused application topics such as augmented and virtual reality, mapping with multivariate glyphs, the visual depiction of uncertainty, interactive geovisualization, and (geo)visual analytics, and decision-making with maps and mapping products. Visit the course.

Faculty Spotlight

Maria Wherley

Maria Scalzi Wherley (she, her) is a Learning Designer and Writer-in-Residence with the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at Penn State. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience. Learn more about Maria to see what she has to say about online education.