Spatial Plexus ‘12:
Inspecting "Wicked Problems" With Geospatial Goggles
Sunday (5/20)
Registration Reception
Monday (5/21)
7:30 Check-In and Breakfast
8:15 Welcome
8:30 Introduction
9 - 5 Workshop
Tuesday (5/22)
7:30 Check-In
Welcome + Overview
8:30 Keynote
9:15 Workshop and Panel
10:15 Break
10:45 Workshop and Panel
Noon Lunch
1:30 2 Panels
3:30 Ignite Session
4:30 – Sponsor Mixer
Wednesday (5/23)
7:30 Check-In
8:30 2 Keynotes
10:30 Panel
Noon Lunch
1:30 Wrap-Up
Thursday (5/24)
8 - 5 ADD-ON Workshop
(postponed to Aug 8)
Hosted by the Georgia Tech Research Institute |
Geospatial Technology Center of Excellence
and the National
* Streaming video registration:
Spatial Plexus ‘12:
Inspecting "Wicked Problems" With Geospatial Goggles
Sunday (5/20)
[Conference FOUR] Registration Reception
**hors d’oeuvres will be provided
Monday (5/21)
Check-In and Breakfast
[Salon IV] Welcome to the Georgia Institute of Technology
Workshop Expectations:
Provide a forum to review and improve GIS Model Courses, Model Certificate and Tools based on
the GTCM and Meta-DACUMS
Provide educators an opportunity to make recommendations on future Hot Topics that need to be
addressed to maintain and improve curriculum resources
Challenge to participants: Validate and Refine GIS Model Courses and Certificate
Workshop: U.S. Department of Labor’s Geospatial Technology Competency Model (GTCM)
Introduce Topics of the Workshop: Aligning Curriculum to Workforce Standards
 Process used to Develop Model Curriculum
 Review GTCM and Meta-DACUM
 Assessment Tools
 Completed Model Courses and Certificate
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Workshop .. continued
[Salon IV and Salon V/VI] Breakout Groups:
One for each Model Course. Determine and recommend:
Title of Course is it appropriate – recommend changes
Description is appropriate – edit as needed
Assess SLO – edit, add, delete
Example Syllabus and Units – does it reflect description and SLOs
Assessment/Content Tool – does the level of competencies align with other courses in
certificate? If not, what revisions should be made?
Review other resources and make recommendations
o Texts, Prerequisites, Software, other
Workshop .. continued
Report Out:
Report on outcomes from breakout groups setting new priorities (5 minutes on recommendations and 5
minutes of discussion)
Lunch (provided)
@ Georgia Tech Conference Center Restaurant
1:30 –
Workshop .. continued
Model Certificate and Model Program Content:
Introduce discussion of course and competency sequence and competency coverage
o Are additional courses needed,
o Is course sequence appropriate,
o Is competency sequence and depth appropriate for each course,
o What should be included in Course Pack – i.e., lectures, labs, videos and how detailed
(outlines, or turnkey)?
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1:45 –
What is the best method to deliver the Model Course Packs – Moodle, MS Docx, or other
o Would you consider adopting these if there was a fee? Would cost be borne by college,
faculty, student fee?
o How often should these be revised?
What Hot Topics need to be addressed in the future in relation to curriculum
Workshop .. continued
Four Breakout Groups to Discuss:
Identify Hot Topics related to Models and Curriculum Development
As to Model Courses:
o Is process for creating models appropriate? Recommendations?
o Are Tools useful? Improvements?
o Answer Questions introduced above (are additional courses needed, is course sequence
appropriate, is competency sequence and depth appropriate)
o Additional Comments or Questions?
3:00 –
Workshop .. continued
Four Groups Report Out:
Group discussion including refining suggested Hot Topics for the future of the Models and Curriculum
(5 minutes on recommendations and 5 minutes of discussion)
[Salon IV] Workshop Wrap-Up and Closing
4:30 Professional headshot portraiture @ Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center front doors, if
desired. $20 per high-resolution digital image.
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Tuesday (5/22)
[Salon IV] Welcome to the Georgia Institute of Technology + Conference Overview
Tom McDermott, Deputy Director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) welcomes you to the
Georgia Institute of Technology and introduces the theme of “Wicked Problems”
[Salon IV] Keynote*: Dave DiBiase, Esri “Stand and Be Counted: Seven Ways to Strengthen the GIS Profession”
[Salon IV] Panel: GIS4FacilitiesManagement&Operations
 MODERATOR: Danielle Ayan, GISP, [email protected]
 Andy Smith, Bentley: “GIS+BIM Convergence”
 John Young, Esri Facility Management:
“ArcGIS for Facilities: The Next Generation of
Intelligent Facility Mapping”
 Barbara Sullivan, GTRI: “GIS as Fundamental
for Planning and Facilities Management”
[Salon V/VI] Workshop: URISA International Geospatial Manager’s
Competency Model (GMCM)
 FACILITATOR: Dave DiBiase, Esri
The GMCM specifies 74 essential competencies and
17 competency areas that characterize the work of
most successful managers in the geospatial
This workshop will provide the last opportunity to
review/validate the model before publication
Professional headshot portraiture @ Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center front doors, if desired.
$20 per high-resolution digital image.
[Salon IV] Panel: GIS4Economic Development (Planning, Logistics)
Workshop .. continued
 MODERATOR: Danielle Ayan, GISP, [email protected]
 Stan Vangilder, Manager, Georgia Resource
Center Community and Economic Development |
Georgia Power: “Community and Economic
Development Addressed Through Geotechnologies”
 Page Siplon, Executive Director of the
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Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics:
“Volume, Velocity & Visibility: GIS in
Logistics & Economic Development”
 Carl Anderson, Senior Consultant, Spatial
Focus: “Publicly Accessible Geodata and Tools
for Economic Development”
[Salon IV] Lunch
GTRI Office of Policy Analysis & Research (OPAR) Director, Marlit Hayslett: “A State Level Review of
GIS Policy” and introduction of luncheon Keynote speaker
Keynote*: Peter Folger, Library of Congress (LOC) Congressional Research Service (CRS) “Helping Congress Use a Geospatial Approach to
Policy Issues and 'Wicked Problems' of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water”
[Salon IV] Panel: GIS4WickedProblems (Land, Water, Energy)
 MODERATOR: Danielle Ayan, GISP, [email protected]
 Peter Folger, Library of Congress (LOC)
Congressional Research Service (CRS): “
 Stan Meiburg, Deputy Regional
Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA): “Water Issues, Addressed Through
 Nancy Von Meyer, Fairview-Industries: “Land
Issues, Addressed Through Geotechnologies”
[Salon IV] Ignite Sessions:
[Salon V/VI] Panel: GIS4Health
 MODERATOR: Sheila Isbell, M.Sc., GTRI
 Andrew L. Dent, Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Division of Health Studies | Geographic Research,
Analysis and Services Program (GRASP): “Health
Issues, Addressed Through Geotechnologies”
 Jeff McMichael, MA, Director Spatial Analysis &
GIS Team | Office of Health Indicators for
Planning (OHIP) | Georgia Department of Public
 Gonzalo Vazquez Prokopec, Ph.D., Emory
University | Department of Environmental Studies
See “Ignite Session Detail” below for interesting speakers and topics.
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4:30 –
[Conference Two] Sponsor Mixer
One (1) free drink ticket per Mixer attendee; cash bar available.
Wednesday (5/23)
[Salon IV] Keynote*: Peter Lea, National Science Foundation (NSF), “Grant opportunities for GIS”
Peter Lea is the Program Director for the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science
Foundation (NSF).
[Salon IV] Keynote*: Dr. Helen Parker, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), “Grant opportunities for GIS”
Helen N. Parker has served as Regional Administrator for the Atlanta Region of the Employment and
Training Administration since March 9, 2003. She oversees almost $4 billion in federal grant resources
to state and local grantees.
[Salon IV] Panel: Dilemmas&Opportunities4GIS
 MODERATOR: Danielle Ayan, GISP, [email protected]
 Patrick Bresnahan, Ph.D., CMS, GISP, Geographic Information Officer (GIO), Richland County, SC,
“Dilemmas in Understanding Value of GIS”
 Monideep Nag, VP, Nag Inc.
 Mladen Stojic, Vice President, Geospatial Operations, Intergraph Corporation ERDAS
12:30 –
[Salon IV] Lunch
Interactive Session Wrap-Up*: Danielle Ayan, GISP, [email protected]
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1:45 Professional headshot portraiture @ Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center front doors, if
desired. $20 per high-resolution digital image.
Thursday (5/24)
Workshop (Hands-On): “GIS4EconomicDevelopment” ***Postponed until August 8, 2012***
Register here:
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Conferences are unique opportunities for immersion in an area of interest, direct access to experts, contributions
to a field, staying current in an industry, and networking.
Generally speaking, the goal of industry conferences is to bring practitioners to problems (generally organized by
subject or track) and highlight concepts and solutions.
The Spatial Plexus '12 inaugural conference takes a twist on this paradigm by bringing problems to the practitioner
through the reality of intricate and interdependent issues and interaction. "Wicked problems" are those difficult to
solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements. By "inspecting 'wicked problems' with
geospatial goggles," complexities and interdependencies can be exposed, better defined, dissected, better managed
through the geospatial approach and reassembled for overall improvements.
Spatial Plexus creates an environment for the following:
Issue connectivity (i.e., GIS4EconomicDevelopment interactive panel followed by GIS4EconomicDevelopment Ignite
Sessions and an "All Hands On-Deck" evening mixer)
Issue interconnectivity (i.e., Educational articulation, sustainable programs and spatial literacy for
workforce readiness followed by GIS4WickedProblems, to include Land, Water, Energy issues)
Dynamic interaction (i.e., Overview of issues by Keynote speakers and/or panelists, followed by audience
discussion and the opportunity to further contribute to issues and issue interdependencies via Ignite
Hands-On workshops (i.e., Examining and understanding the U.S. Department of Labor's Geospatial Technology
Competency Model and GIS4EconomicDevelopment)
Information from federal agency leads about GIS funding opportunities
"Wicked problems," such as higher education and economic development, require a great number of people to change
their mindsets. What better group to tackle such challenges than geospatial educators, technologists and experts who
come from every rank and discipline with the ability to relate issues through geographic visualization and analyses?
Key highlights will be documented live during the conference to support a continued, collaborative approach beyond
the conference. We’ll strive to establish a Spatial Plexus community that can accomplish something(s) beneficial to
all. Potential outcomes might yield Spatial Plexus white paper(s), ongoing discussions (WebEx’s) and/or a
collaborative virtual presence.
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Anderson, Carl, GISP
Senior Consultant |Spatial Focus | [Insert location] | [Insert email]
Carl Anderson is a Senior Consultant with Spatial Focus. He is currently deployed as a geospatial
data architect to a Federal agency, to improve the geospatial component of linked administrative
records. Previously Carl led the GIS, Web Technologies and Business Intelligence division for
Fulton County, Georgia. The Division worked to enable Open Government initiatives, improve
information accessibility, and promote geospatial intelligence within the County government. The
Division was highly coordinated with economic development, both short and long range planning,
emergency services, voter services and tax assessment and collections.
As one of the authors of the FGDC “United States Thoroughfare, Landmark, and Postal Address Data Standard,” Carl
has helped coordinate with other address centric data standards for 911, Homeland Security, an emerging
International Address Framework. In addition Carl is aiding several data exchange pilots and implementations of
the FDGC Address Standard.
Carl is an Instructor for GIS-related short courses offered via the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and
Georgia Tech Professional Education (GTPE).
Ayan, Danielle, M.Sc., GISP, Spatial Plexus ’12 Conference Chair
Senior Research Scientist | [email protected] Program Director| Georgia Tech Research Institute | Atlanta, GA | [email protected]
Danielle has established and is directing the [email protected] Program, a Strategic Iniative of the Georgia
Tech Research Institute (GTRI). During her tenure at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Danielle
Ayan led and accomplished 10 funded projects totaling over $1.4 million dollars, offered over 40
professional presentations, including keynote addresses and legislative addresses, and taught 3
Continuing Education classes.
2012: Spatial Plexus '12 Conference Chair. Worked with the National Geospatial Technology Center of
Excellence to pull together an inaugural International, interactive conference of over 70 people in
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less than 9-weeks. Full spectrum effort included branding, marketing, website development, registration,
communications, call for abstracts, speaker selection, agenda development, sponsor development, logistics, postconference life.
Danielle is currently working with Georgia Tech Professional Education to develop a non-credit "Geospatial
Technologies Certificate."
2011: Extended work in the Fifty States Initiative through a USGS grant for developing a statewide Geospatial
Maturity Assessment (GMA) for all states (
2010: Expert testimony and bill language provided by Danielle which yielded the Georgia Geospatial Advisory
Council (GGAC) via O.C.G.A § 12-5-9 (b)(3). With her direction, the Council completed a 2-year task in 6-months:
"GGAC 2010 Georgia Geospatial Audit: Status Report & Recommendations." The Status Report and Findings were
presented to members of the 2011 Georgia General Assembly.
2002 - 2009: Co-Managed the Georgia GIS Clearinghouse. Under this program, Danielle worked with the geospatial
community to compile a "Case for a GIO in Georgia" (2005), "A Business Rationale for a Statewide Master
Agreement for ESRI Software" (2007-2009) and "Georgia's 2009 Statewide Geospatial Strategic Plan" in line with
the Fifty States Initiative. Danielle procured federal funding for the latter activity and touched over 700people statewide.
Class member, Institute of Georgia Environmental Leadership (IGEL)
– 2011 Georgia Geospatial Advisory Council (GGAC) Chair
– 2012 National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) Board Member
GIS-PRO International Conference Chair
Bresnahan, Patrick, Ph.D., CMS, GISP
Geographic Information Officer (GIO) |Richland County Government | Columbia, SC | [email protected]
Dr. Bresnahan is currently the Geographic Information Officer (GIO) for Richland County, SC. He has
20 years of experience implementing geospatial technologies, including remote sensing and GIS,
among thematic disciplines in both local and federal government environments. Dr. Bresnahan is
currently focused on accessing the potential of open source geospatial communities to address
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contemporary issues in a timely and practical manner.
Dr. Bresnahan has earned bachelor’s (University of Maryland-Baltimore County), master’s (Indiana State
University), and Ph.D. (University of South Carolina) degrees in geography. He participated in the Postgraduate
Research Program for the U.S. Department of Energy (US DOE) and later was awarded a Post-doctoral Research
Fellowship sponsored by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Post-doctoral research was
conducted at the US DOE facility at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
Davis, Phillip, Ph.D.
Director | GeoTech Center | Professor, CS/IT | Del Mar College | Corpus Christi, TX | [email protected]
Dr. Phillip Davis serves as Director and Principal Investigator of the National Geospatial
Technology Center of Excellence (GeoTech Center) since 2008. As Director of the Center he has led a
collaboration of 10 colleges and universities. The Center assisted the Department of Labor in
completing the GTCM in 2010 through the efforts of former CoPI David DiBiase. Since that time the
Center has created a series of GTCM-aligned model GIS courses for educators nationwide. Dr. Davis
serves as a professor of computer science at Del Mar College, where he has taught since 1983.
Dent, Andrew L., MA, MBA
Program Director | Geospatial Research, Analysis, and Services Program (GRASP) | Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences (Proposed), ATSDR
Centers for Disease Control | Atlanta, GA | [email protected]
Andy, Program Director of the Geospatial Research, Analysis, and Services Program (GRASP, Division
of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences, ATSDR), is responsible for directing the geospatial
analytic, research, technology, and outreach activities undertaken by GRASP. He has been a member
of GRASP for 12 years and has worked in the areas of environmental health, disease dispersion,
health care accessibility, cartographic visualization and technology. He organized the GIS Open
House 2004, a gathering of over 100 U.S./international public health professionals, has spoken at
conferences as a presenter and invited panelist, and has served as an adjunct professor in
geography/GIS at Georgia State University. Andy has served in various leadership positions within
the CDC/ATSDR Geography and Geospatial Science Working Group (GeoSWG) including serving as Chair in 2011. His
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interests include cartographic visualization, information management, design of geospatial research, analysis,
and systems to meet emerging and complex public health needs, and the integration of GIS approaches into
established organizational processes.
DiBiase, David, CMS, GISP
Director of Education, Industry Solutions | Esri | Redlands, CA | [email protected]
David DiBiase leads the Education Team within Esri's Industry Solutions group. The Team promotes
and supports GIS use to enrich teaching and learning in formal and informal settings around the
world. Before joining Esri, David founded the Penn State Online GIS Certificate and Masters degree
programs. In 2009-10 he worked with the GeoTech Center as lead editor of the U.S. Department of
Labor's Geospatial Technology Competency Model. As chairperson of the UCGIS Education Committee
from 2004-2006, he led the effort to complete the GIS&T Body of Knowledge. And from 1998-2003,
while a member of URISA's Certification Committee, David helped design the criteria by which the
GIS Certification Institute has awarded its "GIS Professional" credential to over 5,000 practitioners. He served
as GISCI president from 2010-11.
Folger, Peter, Ph.D.
Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy | Resources, Science, and Industry Division | Library of Congress (LOC) Congressional Research Service
(CRS) | Washington, D.C. | [email protected]
Folger is a Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy at the Congressional Research Service
in Washington, D.C. At CRS he has worked on carbon capture and sequestration, natural hazards,
water resources, climate change, federal geospatial policy, and other natural resource issues such
as shale gas, methane hydrates, and uranium. Folger came to CRS in 2006 after eight years with the
American Geophysical Union (AGU) where he was Director of Outreach and Research Support.
Prior to working at AGU, Folger was a geological engineering consultant in the Denver, Colorado
area working on groundwater remediation and water supply problems in Colorado and the Midwest. He also was a
Senior Fellow with the Center for the New West in Denver, working as a specialist for natural resources, energy,
and environmental issues affecting the free-market economy of the West. Folger worked as a Congressional Science
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Fellow for one year in the office of Senator Pete V. Domenici of New Mexico where he was responsible for energy,
natural resource, and science policy issues. Within a few months of starting his Fellowship, the government shut
down. Prior to the Fellowship, he was Manager of the Geochemical Programs Group at the Rocky Flats Plant,
responsible for aspects of environmental monitoring and remediation. Shortly after starting work at Rocky Flats,
the FBI raided the plant. Folger also worked for the AMAX mining company as a mineral exploration geologist
prospecting for precious metal deposits in Nevada and Montana. He left much gold and silver undiscovered.
Folger received his A.B. from Dartmouth College, M.S. from the University of Montana, and Ph.D. from the
Colorado School of Mines.
Hayslett, Marlit, M.Sc.
Director | Office of Policy Analysis and Research (OPAR) | Georgia Tech Research Institute | Atlanta, GA | [email protected]
Ms. Marlit Hayslett serves as the founding director of the Office of Policy Analysis and Research
(OPAR) within the Georgia Tech Research Institute. OPAR’s mission is to foster meaningful dialogue
between policymakers and technologists on topics of science and technology (S&T) such as STEM
education, renewable energy and sustainability. In addition to leading OPAR’s applied policy
research, Ms. Hayslett supports the Georgia General Assembly’s House and Senate Science and
Technology Committees. Most recently, she has collaborated with the state technology business
community to introduce and enact legislation calling for a task force to explore the role of a
strategic plan for S&T in Georgia. Ms. Hayslett was recently honored by the Georgia General
Assembly with two legislative resolutions recognizing and commending her work in science and technology policy
in Georgia. Among her professional service activities, Hayslett serves on the Government Relations Task Force
and the Business and Technology Alliance, both of the Technology Association of Georgia. She is very active in
the Georgia Tech community teaching a freshmen seminar and serving on numerous campus committees. She was
recently selected to participate in the Leadership Foundations Program offered by Women in Technology, an
industry association dedicated to empowering women. Ms. Hayslett holds a B.S. and M.S. in International Affairs
and an M.S. in Public Policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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Isbell, Sheila, M.Sc.
Research Scientist | Information Communications Lab | Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) | Atlanta, GA | [email protected]
Research Scientist, Applications for Wired Community Wellness
Health Informatics Liaison, Information and Communication Division
Ms. Isbell is a Research Scientist at Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) with related software
development and project management experience focused on the application of technology for improved
community wellness.
Demonstration of Ms. Isbell’s mastery in her field is supported by her presentations at
conferences, poster awards, technical reports, papers, proposal awards, and 8 key products developed and
delivered to the sponsor community including software and documentation of impact of these products. Ms. Isbell
leads her division as the contact for Health Informatics business development opportunities. Ms. Isbell has made
substantial documented contributions in program development.
Sheila leads a team of developers, designers and policy personnel in a collaborative effort between an academic
department on Georgia Tech, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and GTRI. This effort provides
an online tool for use by healthcare professionals at a healthcare system that treats over a half a million
patients at year (Children’s Hospital of Atlanta) as well as a link on the CDC National Center for Immunization
Research Department website. The tool provides online access to a personalized immunization schedule for
children who are both on-time and behind on their vaccination dosages. It provides a path for being caught-up by
generating a full schedule based on historical immunization data and CDC immunization recommendations. Allowing
a community access full vaccination coverage is a matter of public health and safety. The tool was placed on the
CDC website in late January 2012 and averages 1200 visitors a week.
Ms. Isbell is Co-Principal Investigator on the Task Force for Global Health project which enables her to travel
to Nairobi, Kenya and assist with technical supervision of the Kenyan programmers, hold workshops with CEOs and
Chairs within the Ministry of Health, and conduct assessments of the use of the tool at the various regulatory
boards. While in Kenya, Ms. Isbell holds workshops for gathering functional requirements for various systems,
training on the use of e-communication, assessing reporting and dashboard needs across stakeholders and
discussing the technical and data implications of collaboration between stakeholders. Ms. Isbell also conducted
an interoperability assessment for a human resource information system to interface with service delivery
information in an effort for building a national health information system in Kenya.
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Ms. Isbell manages three web applications and database systems in support of Georgia Emergency Management Agency
(GEMA) – Office of Homeland Security. These web applications are used by emergency responders and planners
across Georgia as planning tools, identification of gaps in capabilities, to obtain current status of resources,
personnel, task forces, and teams. Sheila works with the stakeholders to maintain the systems in order to fit
their growing needs.
Ms. Isbell holds an advanced degree in computer science from Georgia Tech’s College of Computing with a
specialization in Interactive Intelligence. Ms. Isbell has been a member and volunteer of numerous campus, local
and national committees including Georgia Faculty Assembly and GT Diversity Advisory Board. Ms. Isbell is a
member of the ACM, SWE, AAAI, and NSBE.
Lea, Peter, Ph.D.
Program Director | Division of Undergraduate Education | National Science Foundation (NSF) | [email protected]
Peter Lea is a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education, within the Directorate for Education
and Human Resources, at the National Science Foundation. He participates in multiple programs involving STEM
education, learning environments, and workforce development, including Transforming Undergraduate Education in
STEM (TUES), Advanced Technological Education (ATE), and the STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP).
A geoscientist by inclination and training, Dr. Lea received B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees respectively from
Dartmouth College, the University of Washington, and the University of Colorado. His home institution is Bowdoin
College in mid-coast Maine where, as an associate professor, he has served as chair of the Earth and
Oceanographic Science Department (formerly Geology) and director of the Coastal Studies Center. His interests
include developing active pedagogies, cyber-enhanced learning, and community-/service-based learning within the
geosciences. With more enthusiasm than good judgment, he and other self-taught geology colleagues established a
"GIS toehold" within courses in Bowdoin's liberal-arts curriculum in the 1990s, which has since spread across
departments and programs.
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McDermott, Thomas A.
Deputy Director | Research Operations |Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) | Atlanta, GA | [email protected]
Mr. Thomas A. McDermott is the Director of Research and Deputy Director of the Georgia Tech
Research Institute, where he is the executive manager for GTRI’s greater than $200M portfolio of
research programs across eight research labs. He has over 25 years of background and experience
bridging applied research and development, major system development, project management, and
executive management. He is a principal instructor in the Georgia Tech College of Engineering’s
Professional Masters degree in Applied Systems Engineering, teaching a unique course that combines
leadership, systems thinking, and systems management. He has current research interests in a
number of topics relative to complex systems, including modeling dynamic systems, systems thinking,
organizational and team behavior, and management of technology. Prior to joining GTRI, Mr. McDermott developed
a large breadth of experience in both technical and management disciplines at Lockheed Martin, culminating in
the role as Chief Engineer and Program Manager for the F-22 Raptor Avionics Team. He has extensive knowledge
and expertise in systems and software engineering and has served on a number of government independent
assessment teams for major acquisition programs. He is currently a member of the Air Force Science Board of the
National Research Council. Mr. McDermott holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Master of Science in
Electrical Engineering, both from Georgia Tech.
McMichael, Jeff, MA
Director | Spatial Analysis & GIS Team | Office of Health Indicators for Planning (OHIP) | Georgia Department of Public Health | Atlanta, GA |
[email protected]
Jeff McMichael is the Director of the Spatial Analysis & GIS Team in the Office of Health
Indicators for Planning (OHIP) at the Georgia Department of Public Health. Before he came to
Public Health, he was the Cartography Laboratory Manager at Georgia State University.
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Meiburg, Stan, Ph.D.
Deputy Regional Administrator | U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4 | Atlanta, GA | Admin: [email protected]
Stan has a B.A. degree from Wake Forest University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science
from The Johns Hopkins University. He is the Deputy Regional Administrator for EPA Region 4 in
Atlanta, Georgia. Stan came to Region 4 as Deputy Regional Administrator in April 1996, following
service as Deputy Regional Administrator in EPA’s Region 6 office in Dallas, Texas. He has served
as Acting Regional Administrator during transitions in both Region 4 and Region 6. Throughout his
career, Stan has been involved all across EPA. In 2003, Stan led a management review of EPA’s
Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training which significantly reframed the mission and
operation of that office. He served from 2001 to 2010 as Executive Director of EPA’s Environmental
Financial Advisory Board, and in 2004 led EPA in establishing the Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks
with ten other Cabinet Departments and agencies. In 2007-2008 Stan completed a two year detail as National EPA
Liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, building relationships and
strengthening collaborative activities between EPA and CDC. He has been very active on EPA task forces and in
promoting innovation within the Agency.
Nag, Monideep, GISP
Vice President | Nag, Inc. | Washington, D.C. | [email protected]
Mo has 18+ years’ experience as a seasoned technology consultant and executive with business experience
specializing in 2D, 3D, 4D data visualization systems at an enterprise-level, primarily to US Federal, State,
and Local government agencies. He is responsible for developing and delivering technology plans which provide
the blueprint to build and implement cost-effective solutions to meet business goals.
Mo has experience with the following companies and agencies: Buchanan & Edwards, Solers, SAIC, Library of
Congress (LOC), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of State (DOS), Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA), Department of Transportation (DOT) Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Agency (HSEMA), US Capitol Police (USCP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Deloitte, Federal
Communications Commission (FCC), State of New York (DCJS), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), State of
Alabama, District of Columbia, Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), NASA Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), US
Geological Survey (USGS), United States Capitol Police, State of Louisiana, Governor's Office of Homeland
Security & Emergency Preparedness State of Louisiana (GOHSEP), Town of Vienna, DC Fire and Emergency Medical
Services (FEMS) and more.
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His areas of expertise include Strategic Planning, Development and Implementation of Enterprise GIS Systems,
Production Support, Municipal, Utility & Health-care GIS/GPS Systems, Resource Management, GIS Quality Control,
Systems Integration & Architecture, Business Process Engineering, Business Development, Network Design,
Executive Management, Market Research, and Target Marketing.
Parker, Helen N., Ph.D.
Regional Administrator | Employment & Training Administration | U.S. Department of Labor | Atlanta, GA | [Insert email]
Helen N. Parker has served as Regional Administrator for the Atlanta Region of the Employment and
Training Administration since March 9, 2003. She oversees almost $4 billion in federal grant
resources to state and local grantees. She provides leadership and direction to the workforce
system in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and
Dr. Parker began her career in workforce development in 1974 as a front-line worker in
Carolina Employment Security Commission. She joined the Georgia Department of Labor in
worked her way through the ranks, including a stint as a local service delivery area director under
Training Partnership Act. In 1984, she was appointed Assistant Commissioner for Employment Services
Georgia Department of Labor and served in that capacity until her federal appointment in 2003.
the North
1976, and
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Dr. Parker received Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill, her PhD from Duke University, and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Her
honors include the Secretary of Labor’s Special Achievement Award (1990), National Performance Review “Hammer”
Award (1996), and Interstate Conference of Employment Security Agencies (ICESA) President’s Award (1999).
Her awards include Who’s Who of American Women, International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women, U.S.
Department of Labor Special Achievement Award, Miller Merit Award – International Association of Personnel in
Employment Security, Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review “Hammer” Award, and Interstate Conference
of Employment Security Agencies (ICESA) President’s Award.
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Prokopec, Gonzalo Vazquez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor | Emory University | Global Health Institute | Atlanta, GA | [email protected]
Dr. Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec recently joined the Emory University Global Health Institute as a
faculty member. His primary research interests include spatial and landscape epidemiology, global
health, public health entomology and vector-borne diseases ecology. His research lies at the
interface between statistics, cartography, ecology and epidemiology and aims at improving human
health by gaining a better understanding of the linkages between humans, vectors and the
environment. Dr. Vazquez-Prokopec earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in ecology at the
University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Sahar, Liora, Ph.D., GISP
Senior GeoSpatial Analyst | Civil Systems Division, Health Solutions | Northrop Grumman Corporation IS | Atlanta, GA | [email protected]
Liora Sahar is a Sr. Geospatial Analyst at Northrop Grumman and an adjunct faculty at the Georgia
Institute of Technology (GIT). Liora is a Geodetic Engineer and majored in the fields of Remote
Sensing and Photogrammetry. She earned B.Sc and M.Sc degrees from Israel Institute of Technology
and a Ph.D from GIT. In her current position at Northrop Grumman, Liora supports GIS activities and
projects within the CDC as well as R&D as related to geospatial sciences and Public Health. She
served as the Professional Liaison Subcommittee Chair for the Geography and Geospatial Science
working group at the CDC during 2011.
** Special thanks to Liora for facilitating the GIS4Health Panel, panelists and subject-matter. **
Siplon, Page
Executive Director | Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics | Savannah, GA | [email protected]
As the Executive Director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Logistics, Siplon heads the
State’s leading resource for fueling logistics industry growth and global competitiveness. The
Center directly assists companies with overcoming challenges and capitalizing on opportunities
related to the movement of freight by providing focused expertise, specific industry data,
leveraging state resources, and connections to an extensive cross-sector industry network. An
active industry advocate, Siplon is a frequently requested keynote speaker, has been a quoted
industry expert in a wide range of national trade publications, and serves various leadership and
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advisory roles at both the State and Federal level. Siplon honorably served a combined 12 years in the United
States Marine Corps and United States Air Force, and received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical and
computer engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Smith, Andy, AIA
Solutions Executive | Bentley Systems, Inc. | [email protected]
Andy is an architect and technologist. His 30 years of professional work focuses on design
excellence, team performance and project delivery improvements. His work includes information
technology consulting with global design firms, contractors and owners.
His architectural career began in Atlanta working with the firms of Heery International and Lord,
Aeck & Sargent on corporate architecture, sports complexes and medical laboratories. In 1998, he
joined Bentley’s Professional Services team providing solution design, custom application
development and implementation services. Today, his work focuses on defining solutions for project
delivery, facility operations and developing technology partnerships.
Andy is a member of the buildingSMART alliance Board of Direction, Design-Build Institute of America BIM
Committee and American Institute of Architects Technology in Architectural Practice Advisory Group. Andy was
recipient of the American Institute of Architects 2000 National Young Architect Award in recognition of his
contributions in bridging the gap between technology and its successful use in practice. He earned his Bachelor
of Science and Master of Architecture degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Stojic, Mladen
Vice President, Geospatial Operations | Intergraph Corporation | ERDAS | Norcross, GA | [email protected]
With over 15 years of combined experience across Hexagon companies, Mladen has extensive experience
in defining and delivering market and customer facing geospatial products and solutions. Prior to
leading the Geospatial business at Intergraph, Mladen was the Senior Vice President of Product
Management & Marketing at ERDAS. Stojic has held several Product Management positions across the
companies, including spearheading the market strategy and vision for Leica Geosystems' growing
enterprise and visualization portfolio. Now a Vice President, Stojic provides direction in product
management and marketing strategies for Intergraph SG&I’s geospatial business unit. Stojic holds a
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Bachelor of Technology degree from Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, Canada and a Master of Science
from University of Western Ontario in London, Canada.
Sullivan, Barbara, M.Sc.
Strategic Advisor | Georgia Tech Research Institute | Atlanta, GA | [email protected]
Barbara has over 30 years of corporate experience, including management roles in IT, Procurement,
Consulting Services, and Real Estate Construction in the aerospace, technology, manufacturing,
architecture and financial services industries. In the last 10 years, she has emerged as an
international leader in Cisco System's "Smart and Connected Cities," driving the development of
real estate projects utilizing an expanded portfolio of economically and environmentally
sustainable technology based services and solutions.
Prior to joining the Advisory Services consulting team of Living PlanIt, Barbara supervised the
retrofit and maintenance of 4M square feet of Cisco's Silicon Valley headquarters buildings, including the
construction of high density labs, the executive briefing center, and a security & facilities operations center.
Previous to Cisco, she coordinated the development of several new buildings as Construction and Maintenance
Supervisor for Anritsu Corporation. As a member of the Executive team at General Electric Consulting Services,
she hired and managed IT resources providing services to Financial and Insurance industries in Southern
California. At Northrop Corporation, she supervised the hardware and software budgeting and managed the IT
Operations staff in overseeing the corporate hardware and software budgets. Earlier, as Corporate Procurement
Manager, she developed the government contracting team, managed data entry operations, and supervised buyers
while managing to the first automated requisition applications.
Barbara was the sole-proprietor of Facilities Planning Services, and managing partner of the Taylor Sullivan
Architecture firm in Hollywood, California.
Barbara earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California Berkeley and a Masters of Architecture
from California Polytechnic State University in Pomona, California.
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Vangilder, Stan, EDFP
Manager | Georgia Resource Center | Georgia Power | Atlanta, GA | [email protected]
As manager of the Georgia Resource Center (GRC) for Georgia Power, Mr. Vangilder is responsible for
integrating business, creative and technical resources to assist in the location, expansion, or
start-up of businesses wishing to invest in Georgia. This includes the operation of the GRC, a
world-renowned multimedia facility for site selection that hosts more than 300 events and nearly
3,000 visitors annually; engineering services that include site evaluation and analysis,
preliminary site design and industrial park development; and, the department’s
Web-based search tool for identifying available buildings and sites in Georgia.
In 1984, Stan began his career at Georgia Power as a co-op student in industrial marketing. He worked in a
variety of positions in power delivery, including senior test engineer, and as an account executive in corporate
communication before joining the economic development team in 2002.
Stan is a member of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, the state of Georgia’s Entrepreneur Summit
Planning Committee and the Technology Association of Georgia. He was a founding member of the Southern Company
Internet Users’ Group and is a past president of Energy Exchange, a professional development organization for
Southern Company employees. In addition, he was selected for the 2010 Georgia Power Leadership Development
Council Program. Stan serves on the boards of the Utility Economic Development Association (UEDA) and
Von Meyer, Nancy, GISP, PE, RLS
Vice President | Fairview Industries | Pendleton, SC | [email protected]
Nancy Von Meyer is Vice President of Fairview Industries, Inc., specializing in land records
information systems and developing sustainable partnerships and collaborations for shared data
stewardship. Dr. von Meyer is a nationally recognized leader in land records and use of cadastral
information for decision support. She has been at Fairview Industries since 1983 and has over 25
years of GIS system design and implementation experience. Her efforts have been applied in the
areas of wildland fire management, local land use planning and management, energy, and economic
analysis. Dr. von Meyer has developed online teaching materials supporting the Cadastral Data
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Content Standard, the Certified Federal land Surveyor (CFeds) program and Esri’s parcel editing tools. Results
of her projects have been presented to senior industry executives, U.S. Cabinet Department Secretaries, and are
referenced in Congressional Research Reports. She has a B.S. in mining engineering and geology, and an MS and
PhD in civil engineering.
Young, John
Business Lead | Federal Real Property and Facility Management Solutions | Charlotte, NC | [email protected]
John Young is a GIS and IT professional working for Esri for over 11 years. His tenure has included
technical, management, business development and sales roles.
John specializes in GIS for real property and facility management solutions. Several areas of
specific interest include smart facilities and the next generation of high performance, sustainable
buildings, BIM-GIS data integration, 3D GIS for facilities, and overall facility life cycle
business process and workflow automation improvement. John’s areas of expertise include Business
and partner development, enterprise system assessment and solution sales, system architecture and
design, and data automation and integration.
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GIS4FacilitiesManagement&Operations Panel
The new “services” model of corporate real estate is requiring new skill sets, new partner relations, and less
tactical, more strategic analysis of such things as asset management, energy production, and holistic
How do technologies, and specifically geotechnologies, address these business needs? What are Geographic
Information Systems’ (GIS) key points, Building Information Model (BIM) key points, the convergence between them
and other modeling tools, and how can these geotechnologies be leveraged for more effective facilities
management and operations?
This panel will expose the full spectrum of capabilities from building conception to operations and How to
maximize the best that every current technology has to offer.
“GIS+BIM Convergence”
Andy Smith, AIA
Where shall the two meet? GIS has focused on urban design, site/utility planning, feature location and visual
reporting. BIM has focused on building design, detailed engineering and construction documentation. The answer
is .. they have already met and are interwoven to provide relevant data for all aspects of design exploration,
construction delivery and improved facility operations.
“ArcGIS for Facilities: The Next Generation of Intelligent Facility Mapping”
John Young, Esri
This presentation will highlight Esri's new ArcGIS for Facilities offering. This ArcGIS-based enterprise system
now provides a complete information model consisting of maps, apps, tools, data models and workflows to help
users quickly integrate intelligent facility analysis and mapping into their FM enterprise. ArcGIS for
Facilities resources will be demonstrated to include use of ArcGIS Online as a fundamental platform for
discovery, sharing and use of helpful maps and apps. Note: current best practices for integration of building
design data and interoperability with FM systems of record will be addressed.
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“GIS as Fundamental for Planning and Facilities Management”
Barbara Sullivan, GTRI
Corporate facility managers often struggle to cut through the “sales stories” about GIS applications, and
appreciate the fundamental value that GIS can bring to their organization. Key to understanding their reluctance
to engage in the GIS discussion is to recognize that many facility managers come from the rough and tumble,
practical side of “keeping the lights on” - doing more with less as their facilities budgets absorb the strain
of a difficult economy. In many facilities organizations, the CAD team, if it exists as such, is likely to be
younger folks, while the managers are the older, more seasoned in the field men, who are not hands on with CAD,
and in fact, might simply consider it a faster pencil.
It’s only in the last five years or so that corporate facilities departments have begun to evolve from their old
commitment to the delivery of a functional office space, to this new idea of delivery of employee services, just
one of which is space. The new “services” model of corporate real estate is requiring new skill sets, new
partner relations, and less tactical, more strategic analysis of such things as asset management, energy
production, and holistic sustainability. These strategic issues are exactly the kinds of complex questions that
GIS applications, with integrated data sets and modeling capabilities are meant to address.
Several changes need to take place in order to enhance GIS adoption in facility management. The first step would
be developing clear business cases that do not propose replacing an organization’s existing CAD and CAFM
systems, but instead builds on those investments to solve strategic business problems. The second lever to push
for adoption would be to bridge the facility team’s technology gap by making GIS applications easier to use.
This would release the corporate facility manager from the requirement to hire special outside services teams
whenever they want to answer a question with GIS. Finally, GIS, along with BIM and CAD, should be considered
core topics for computer programming, civil engineering, architecture and urban design programs. Only when the
financials make sense, the applications are easy to use, and the younger set brings in their enthusiasm for the
technology, will adoption be ubiquitous.
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GIS4EconomicDevelopment Panel
Economic Development is about connecting dots: company’s products with customers, logistics (i.e., the movement
of physical and digital assets), increasing volume at the right velocity, business attraction – extension –
retention and all the pertinent impactful variables.
The barriers to business analytics are coming down as the ease of technological tools is improving. GIS data and
applications are becoming more and more mainstream, driving economic development analyses surrounding tax
structures, incentives, empowerment and opportunity zones, infrastructure, site suitability, etc.
Yet, there’s a paradox in the trend toward applications and tools built on more and more geodata versus the huge
gaps in data availability and access that still exist. How does society continue to be more technologically
savvy with respect to economic development, planning and other public interest activities and ensure that the
digital infrastructure upon which we’re building so many decisions is sound?
GIS4WickedProblems Panel
This panel offers amazing perspectives from a high-ranking Federal Agency Administrator, an exceptionally
technical Geospatial Professional (aka “institutional and technical psychotherapist”) and a Service provider to
legislative decision-makers. After offering 5 – 10 minutes of presentation on their “Wicked Problems” of
priority, the moderator will open the floor to audience discussion. It is expected that the discussion can go in
any number of directions, to include but not be limited to the interdependency of issues, how the geospatial
approach can be leveraged to relay perspectives and tactical issues underlying “wicked problems” (source of
data, access to data, reliability of data, and presentation of data).
“Helping Congress Use a Geospatial Approach to Policy Issues and 'Wicked Problems' of Earth, Air, Fire, and Water”
Peter Folger, Congressional Research Service
Many of the broad challenges facing the nation involving land, energy, climate, and water can be considered
“wicked problems.” These challenges are difficult to clearly define; and attempting a solution can change the
interrelationships among multiple issues that constitute a wicked problem. It is difficult to tell when a wicked
problem is resolved. Solving the problem generates other consequences, unintended or unanticipated, and it is
difficult to know how all the consequences will play out. Moreover stakeholders will have different views of
acceptable solutions. There is usually no chance to practice through trial-and-error. Wicked problems are
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interrelated, and can be considered symptoms of other problems. Even the causes of wicked problems are subject
to debate, and can be explained in numerous ways. Moreover, those addressing these types of problems, such as
lawmakers in the U.S. Congress, are expected to get things right the first time.
A geospatial approach to viewing wicked problems in energy policy, climate policy, water policy, and land policy
could be a valuable tool to help Congress understand and “tame” aspects of these problems. The challenge of
removing carbon dioxide from U.S. power plants before it is emitted into the atmosphere—as part of a national
approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions—has many aspects of a wicked problem. The engineering approach is
relatively straightforward: capture the CO2, pipe it to a suitable geologic reservoir, inject it underground and
store it in perpetuity. The myriad consequences of such an approach (such as: What is a suitable reservoir? What
lands will the pipelines transit? How far will the CO2 spread out underground?) all seem to require viewing the
overall problem in multiple layers and over time. Similarly, a national effort to shift to renewable sources of
energy, such as concentrated solar power in the southwest United States, brings two resources into direct
conflict: abundant solar energy, and scarce water supplies. Helping Congress understand their spatial
relationship over time could help inform expectations regarding the national renewable energy portfolio. Water
supply problems in a single state—California—are vastly complex, and wicked, and have been so for a long time.
Demand for agriculture, a growing population, and endangered species preservation, all conflict with a water
supply system that involves federal, state, and local stakeholders, is subject to frequent and severe drought,
and may be changing due to climatic change. Congress has long been involved in California water issues, and a
geospatial view has the potential to illuminate relationships between water supply, water demand, water
conveyance, seismic hazards to water infrastructure and supplies, vulnerable human and endangered species
populations, and other complexities that have evolved over the last century and have been difficult to sort out.
“Environmental ‘Wicked Problems’”
Stan Meiburg, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV
As the Deputy Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV, Stan Meiburg has
the 10,000 foot view on so many “Wicked Problems” and their interdependencies. A timely, topical matter
involving many “Wicked Problems” is activity currently underway in the Florida Everglades. Stan will bring this
and countless examples to support the discussion, no matter what direction it takes.
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“Land Issues, Addressed Through Geotechnologies”
Nancy Von Meyer, Fairview Industries
The topic of “wicked problem” for land issues for this discussion focuses on land records related topics.
Specifically in the U.S. this is land parcels and their attributes including ownership, value and location
including site address. The wicked problem is the ability to have access to locally created and maintained
content at regional and national scales.
Unlike many natural phenomenon such as water, climate and geology and clearly visible constructed features such
as roads, land parcel data is not visible. The assessed value, date of the last sale, number of owners, type of
ownership and boundaries cannot be seen from an airplane or a street view. The information about land parcels
has to be pulled from recorded documents and government records and compiled into automated formats and then
Land parcel information is typically created and maintained at the most local level. There are well over 4,000
local entities in the U.S. that are responsible for creating and maintaining authoritative parcel data ranging
from townships, to cities to counties. In some rare instances states or regional groups may maintain a portion
of the information but there is nothing more local in the U.S. than the authority and function to collect,
manage and report on the land ownership, property sales, assessment values and the assignment of site addresses.
Gaining access to data from so many sources, each source with its own idiosyncratic forms, formats and methods,
is at best daunting. Additionally the data is constantly changing and update cycles are governed by local
business needs, such as assessment and recording cycles.
So what is the wicked problem exactly? Why is there even a need to undertake assembling this data? Who would
ever want or could even use a map of 148 million polygons (the estimated number of privately owned parcels in
the U.S., excluding state and federally managed parcels)? In short the answer is no one. There is not a single
business case for a single national data set, but there are many business cases for selected data from a
national parcel data set, for multijurisdictional parcel data sets and for summaries about land parcels.
Some of the discussion points for the land records wicked problem include the following.
No unique “correct” view of the problem and differing views of the problem.
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Defining what land parcel data is needed varies significantly for each business need. A federal program
might need the past five years of sales data and assessed value based on current market value. An energy
company might need the surface and subsurface owners of record covering a shale oil deposit. A realty
company might need foreclosures, properties for sale and current property conditions. Wildland fire
response might need to know where the structures are, are they occupied and what is their construction
material. These are all legitimate multijurisdictional needs that could occur anywhere in the U.S. and
each with a slightly different data need.
Data are often uncertain or missing or collected and maintained differently.
The potential for variation on collection methods, currency, veracity, and content among 4,000 sources
is significant. Data consumers often have little understanding of the business drivers that caused the
data to be collected in the first place. Very few local governments manage databases of subsurface
owners and almost none update the assessed value on all their properties each year because the local
business driver does not require this information.
The problem has political and economic constraints.
A locally elected official that does to answer to national agendas and needs often heads the local
agency with the authoritative responsibility for land parcel data. Who pays for local officials to
reformat and source their data for business drivers outside the local jurisdiction? How is a local
expenditure justified to support a national need?
The problem has numerous possible intervention points and many technological considerations.
Land parcel data could be standardized and aggregated at many levels and places. Similarly guidance and policy
can be established at many levels. What works in one state may not work in another. Accessing Internet sites to
download data in the middle of hurricane is not an optimum situation and neither is carrying 400 gigabytes of
data on jump drive.
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GIS4Health Panel
“GIS4Health: A Researcher’s Perspective”
Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokopec, Emory University, GA
Over the last decade, GIS have leveraged the power of several important technological innovations, all of which
contribute to the increasing role of such systems in public health. These innovations include the wider use and
growing capacity of the internet, satellite-based global positioning systems (GPS), various tools for data
generation/capture (from satellite imagery to hand-held devices that permit geographically relevant data to be
collected and analysed in field settings), and computer software and hardware that allow complex data analysis
even in environments that are relatively resource-poor. In the Public Health arena, GIS have been utilized in
many different ways, from identifying geographical locations containing potential threats to identifying the
geographical patterns of an outbreak. They have been also instrumental in helping to determine the geographical
scope of populations at risk, identifying specific geographical clusters of vulnerable people, and determining
good geographical locations for the storage and administration of vaccines. In this panel I will show how the
integration of public health data with GIS, remote sensing and spatial analysis can provide a better
understanding of the role of humans and vectors in the transmission dynamics of mosquito-borne diseases, and
provide an overview of the biggest challenges public health researchers face in dealing with geographically
explicit data and analyses in their research.
“GIS4Health at the CDC”
Andy Dent, Centers for Disease Control, GA
Mr. Dent will provide an overview of the CDC/ATSDR Geospatial Research, Analysis, and Services Program including
a discussion of GRASP’s applications of geospatial science and technology within diverse public health projects
in the areas of environmental health, chronic and infectious disease, and emergency preparedness and response.
Specific topics will include the use of GIS to address site-specific exposure investigations, to support
national assessments of the built-environment, to better understand social vulnerability, to utilize cluster
analysis to inform CDC/ATSDR public health activities, and to build interactive online atlases which enrich the
ability of the public health community to interact with CDC surveillance data.
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“GIS In Support of Public Health & Public Policy”
Jeffrey McMichael, Georgia Department of Public Health, GA
The Office of Health Information & Policy (OHIP) maintains a suite of tools, known as OASIS, for performing data
analysis relevant to public health and public policy. With the OASIS GIS Mapping Tool, users can create and
print maps including mortality, morbidity, and maternal/child health indicators. OHIP also provides limited
custom mapping services for presentation, as well as assistance with analysis and spatial statistics.
Dilemmas&Opportunities4GIS Panel (Wed)
Has the geospatial profession missed the whole movement of consumerized technology? How do we move beyond our
various genres to get geodata and applications in the hands of the customer’s customer. Google has broken
through to the masses, however they’re still only providing routing services; you must be a programmer to build
business apps via the Google API.
How can users get needed information when and as-needed? These are some of the Dilemmas & Opportunities facing
the GIS industry today.
“Practicality of GIS in Solving Problems”
Patrick Bresnahan, Richland County Government, SC
Are we, as a group of professionals, committing our limited resources to solve problems we do not wholly
understand or have yet to completely define? Often, resources are dedicated to solutions for which
appropriateness, practicality, or return on investment are never evaluated. Critical thinking can give way to
group dynamics or 'conventional wisdom' in efforts that may be futile or even counter-productive. In such
situations, have we neglected our immediate responsibilities or somehow limited the tremendous capability of our
technology? To this end, we must also ask ourselves if we are committed to satisfying the immediate needs of our
employers, customers, or constituents?
The purpose of this gathering is to “discuss” the potential and practicality of geospatial technologies in
solving problems. As a refreshing alternative to many presentation-driven meetings, we hope to engage a
community in conversation looking toward applying geography to contemporary issues beyond conventional wisdom.
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As time allows, we will discuss specific real-world examples of the role geospatial professionals play in
solving problems. Participants will be asked to contribute ideas on how to make GIS part of a more efficient and
effective strategy in addressing community issues. Potential topics include:
Identifying the Correct Problem to Solve:
Do GIS practitioners strive to answer the right questions or solve the correct opposed to the
topic problem of the day?
Can the problems (realistic or not) attempting to be solved by GIS practitioners be solved without a critical
mass of need in other thematic disciplines? Examples:
- parcels (abstractors, lawyers, bankers, etc.)
- roads/addresses (emergency services, property owners/managers, land developers, etc.)
Are we 'realists' as to what we can and cannot solve or impact?
There are times when the solution is unnecessarily complex. Can we solve problems without making more
What is the actual impact of geospatial in local economic development/planning versus business and economy of
localized geographies?
“Emergency Data Dissemination and Situational Awareness: Creating a common operating solution for faster, more informed emergency response”
Monideep (Mo) Nag, Nag, Inc.
Protecting people and assets, responding to a natural disaster, heading off a terrorist threat, or dealing with
another type of emergency, people in the field and at command centers working for various federal, state, and
local government agencies need access to large volumes of up-to-date information to guide their actions. With
the NAG Transactional Service from Google partner NAG, Inc. using Google’s state-of-the-art geospatial solutions
for visualizing and sharing information, government officials and emergency teams can respond faster and more
effectively to emergency situations.
“Are we Bringing Geospatial Information to the World?”
Mladen Stojic, Intergraph | ERDAS
Does geospatial technology have a key role in the next paradigm of the information revolution? If so will it
commands a new equilibrium in the geospatial industry? Are we integrating geospatial technologies and data into
mainstream business enterprise systems and extending geographic information beyond traditional genres to a new
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generation of users – not just the GIS user. Geospatial data usage by everyone demands widespread access and
distribution. Furthermore, extending geospatial information’s utility and relevance beyond the few and to the
many requires a shift in thinking, to look beyond today and towards a new set of applications. The ability to
digitally describe and understand the real world in 5D with faster tools that not only measure accurately but
also provide more frequent and real-time updates will open new doors for the development of real-world
applications. The exploitation and usage of such data for personal benefit will bring about a new era in
socialising geography beyond the traditional geospatial genres of surveying, photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS
and CAD. This presentation will take a look at where we came from and where we can go, if we are to extend the
use of geographic information to the world.
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Baber, Max, Ph.D., FBCart.S
Director | Academic Programs | U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) | [email protected]
PRESENTATION TITLE: “NGA/USGIF Geospatial Analyst’s Credential”
ABSTRACT: The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has been directed to develop a
certification credential process for geospatial analysts, and the United States Geospatial
Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) has been designated as the professional association to support
development and implementation. This credentialing process will be required for geospatial analysts
throughout the National System for Geospatial-Intelligence (NSG) and will affect staffing of
contracts awarded to the private sector industry that serves NGA and NSG operations. The NGA policy
for this credentialing process must be completed by October 1, 2012, with three subsequent years
for implementation.
BIO: Max Baber is Director of Academic Programs at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF),
stewarding accreditation of university Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) certificate programs and supporting
related academic initiatives. Dr. Baber received a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Georgia in 1999 and
an M.A. in Geography from Georgia State University in 1993. He has served in faculty appointments with the
Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems program at the University of Redlands and Departments of
Geography at Sanford University and the University of Northern Colorado. He has developed and implemented a
number of funded projects focused on pedagogical aspects of geographic information science, including support
from the National Science Foundation. He has served on the board of directors for the Cartography and Geographic
Information Society (CaGIS) and the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS), the US National
Committee to the International Cartographic Association, and he is a Fellow of the British Cartographic Society
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Daniels, Angela (Amy), M.Sc.
GIS Instructor | Geomatics Department | Greenville Technical College | Greenville, SC | [email protected]
PRESENTATION TITLE: “Integrating GIS across the Community College Campus”
ABSTRACT: GIS courses are taught at many universities and community colleges throughout the United
States. Some campuses have also developed GIS systems for their institutions and some have
integrated GIS across the curriculum. This presentation focuses on how GIS has been integrated
through the Geomatics Department at Greenville Technical College in both the academic arena and the
institutional arena. Students in the Geomatics degree program have gained real GIS experience by
helping to develop the college’s GIS systems and from the opportunities of using independent study
to take GIS into other academic areas of the college. This experiential learning has enabled the program’s
graduates to be more skilled and confident when entering the workforce.
BIO: Born in Wilmington, NC and raised in the Southeast, Ms. Daniels started her career in the US Navy serving as
an IT Technician. Later graduating with a B.S. in Geology at North Carolina State University, she went on to
University of South Carolina for a Master’s degree (also in Geology).
After working for some years as an Environmental consultant, she returned to academia to pursue a Doctoral
degree studying Geology, GPS and GIS. After finishing the doctoral course work and field research as well as a
GIS Certificate, she taught GIS and Remote Sensing at State University of West Georgia.
She later returned to industry and worked for many years as a GIS and Remote Sensing expert. Never losing sight
of her love for education, after nearly ten years, she chose to leave industry and teach GIS at Greenville
Technical College in 2007. Finally feeling at home in her career, she is grateful that her life’s journey
allowed her the opportunity to become an educator and mentor in the GIS field.
Hale, Randy, GISP
Owner | North River Geographic Information Systems, Inc. | Chattanooga, TN | [email protected]
President | Georgia Urban Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) |
PRESENTATION TITLE: “GIS at Red Bank High School with no budget”
ABSTRACT: Red Bank High School is a Title 1 school located in Chattanooga TN. In spite of the the
$50 dollar science budget, we've implemented a GIS Curriculum of sorts. Over the last three years
we've covered OpenStreetMap, Mapping Lunar Craters, and helping with relief mapping in Padang
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Indonesia. Students are exposed to a mix of software and ideas covering GIS from the Esri side of Life to the
FOSS4G side.
2nd PRESENTATION TITLE: “Georgia URISA: The Association for GIS Professionals”
ABSTRACT: Georgia URISA is a subchapter of URISA (Urban Regional Information Systems Association) International
with approximately 400 members throughout Georgia. Georgia URISA provides networking opportunities for
geospatial professionals and training in the form of conferences and workshops. The Georgia URISA Board is
comprised of 10 members from local government to private industry. This year Georgia URISA is holding its biannual conference with Southeast GITA (Geospatial Information & Technology Association) and SAMSOG (Surveying
and Mapping Society of Georgia). Georgia URISA hosts meetings around the state; some subchapter meetings closely
resemble main meetings while others are more informal.
BIO: Randal Hale is the owner of North River Geographic Systems, Inc. He worked for one of the southeast's
largest utilities in the mapping and surveying department. In 2006 he started NRGS as a part time hobby. In 2008
he retired and began work at NRGS full time. NRGS provides services to public and private entities and
occasionally gets sucked into providing support for schools and non-profits. He currently resides in
Chattanooga, TN with a few cats, some goldfish, and a lot of computers.
Kalinski, Art
Military Projects Director | Pictometry International Corp | Guntersville, AL | [email protected]
PRESENTATION TITLE: “Oblique Imagery and 3D Models for a Common Operational Picture”
ABSTRACT: Oblique imagery use by military, first responders, planners and engineers continues to
grow exponentially. Easy to use and, most important, easy to understand by non-GIS users, oblique
imagery and derived 3D models with GIS overlays are becoming an environment of choice to create a
Common Operational Picture (COP). The visuals bring users of different technical skills together
into a cross cutting environment.
This session will review new developments in this evolving technology including: real-time capture
of ortho and oblique imagery that is being tested by USSOCOM and FEMA for disaster response; rapid automated 3D
model creation as a resource to enhance BIM models; examples of oblique imagery with GIS data overlay used to
respond to natural disasters such as the Haiti earthquake. There will be a live demonstration of a new web
service that provides state & federal users access to an eight petabyte library of high accuracy ortho and
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oblique imagery overlaid with GIS data through a secure trusted cloud. The session will also include
presentation of ortho and oblique imagery that meet National Map standards as well as a Geo-Transform tool that
imports geo-referenced and measurable oblique imagery into ArcGIS and GeoPDFs.
BIO: A career Naval Officer, Art established the Navy’s first GIS.
Completing a post graduate degree in GIS at the University of North Carolina, he joined the Atlanta Regional
Commission (ARC) as the GIS Manager from 1993 to 2007. He pioneered the use of oblique imagery for public safety
and Homeland Security. Art retired early from ARC to join Pictometry International to direct military projects
using oblique imagery. He also writes a monthly column for GeoSpatial Solutions aimed at federal GIS users.
Lyons, Ken J., Ph.D.
Principal | Spatial Info Services | Montville, Australia | [email protected]
PRESENTATION TITLE: “Challenges in Using GIS to Improve Land Administration in Developing Countries”
ABSTRACT: GIS and associated technolgies is used in development projects to seek to improve land
administration/land titling etc. The outcomes sought are social stability, equity & economic
development. There are challages in using this technology, gaining acceptance; achieveing
sustainabilty in technology, process & benefits
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Mueller, Thomas, Ph.D., GISP
Professor | California University of Pennsylvania | California, PA | [email protected]
PRESENTATION TITLE: “Incorporating GIS Public Safety applications into University Curriculum”
ABSTRACT: This presentation will examine the positives and negatives of incorporating several GIS
public safety applications into university curriculum including crime mapping, firefighting and
emergency management. There will be a discussion on the spectrum of these applications which range
from lectures to service learning projects in classes and internships. Specifically, service
learning projects from California University of Pennsylvania students will be presented, and some
of the successes and pitfalls of this type of collaborative venture will be discussed, such as
problems encountered with public safety data when “outside agents” like universities assist,
specifically the issues of privacy and availability.
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BIO: Dr. Thomas R. Mueller's research agenda has grown dramatically throughout his career at California
University of Pennsylvania. He applies spatial theory to the real world, particularly using Geographic
Information Systems. His key to building a successful research agenda is to produce work through a variety of
scholarly endeavors, including conference presentations, grants, technical reports, book reviews and
publications in professional journals. He also has taught numerous GIS workshops for members of the local
community, professors at Cal U and other campuses, and for the K-12 community.
Ogier, Chris
Practice Leader | Federal Civilian Markets | Geospatial Services | Woolpert | Atlanta, GA | [email protected]
ABSTRACT: With the recent signing of the modernization law for the Federal Aviation Administration,
the business processes assocated with airborne data collection has changed dramatically. The
realities are both exciting and challenging for the public and private sectors, with the
possibility of wide-spread use of Unmanned Airborne Systems (UAS’s) now a reality. This ignite
session will focus on what is currently available and what is on the near horizon for “non-DoD”
uses of unmanned platforms with emphasis on the challenges associated with processing and
delivering the coming wave of unmanned-collected data.
BIO: Chris Ogier lead’s Woolpert, Inc.’s Federal Civilian Geospatial Services Practice performing
photogrammetric, survey and remote sensing projects for the United States Geological Survey, the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation and the Bureau of
Land Management among others. Mr. Ogier has been working in the remote sensing industry for over eighteen years
with an emphasis on airborne collection and both active and passive sensor platforms.
His current areas of
interest focus upon solving large volume data delivery problems associated with object-oriented remote sensing
deliverables. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography and resides in Atlanta, Georgia.
Jones, Nathan
VP of Engineering | TerraGo Technologies |Atlanta, GA | [email protected]
PRESENTATION TITLE: “Advanced Solutions for Exchanging and Exploiting Geospatial Information”
ABSTRACT: Multi-layer, 2D and 3D geospatial maps and imagery are inherently data-intensive. The
exploding volume of rich geospatial information presents challenges for users to easily distribute
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and access these files, especially between organizations with disparate GIS or to users who lack sophisticated
GIS tools or training. In addition, the real value of geospatial information lies in its currency, which
accentuates the need for users to be able to make georeferenced updates in the field and return the refreshed
map or imagery back to the enterprise GIS database.
Nathan Jones, vice president of engineering for TerraGo Technologies, an Atlanta-based innovative provider of
geospatial collaboration software, will explore the newest solutions available to produce, access, update and
share interactive, portable and intelligent GeoPDF maps and imagery with anyone, anywhere.
BIO: Nathan Jones joined TerraGo in the summer of 2008, bringing with him more than 15 years of software
engineering experience in a variety of technologies and platforms. Since that time his contributions have
touched most of TerraGo’s geospatial applications. In his current role as Vice President of Engineering, Jones
leads a team of talented individuals working to deliver the next set of collaborative software solutions for the
geospatial enterprise.
Sivakumar, Ramachandra, GISP, M.Sc. (GIS), M.Sc. (Civil)
Research Engineer II | Center for GIS | College of Architecture | Georgia Institute of Technology | Atlanta, GA | [email protected]
PRESENTATION TITLE: “Changing Nature of Education and Learning Landscape”
ABSTRACT: The University, as many of us know it, is evolving rapidly. With emerging technologies
and dynamic delivery methods, the traditional learning paradigm is changing fast. What will the
education landscape look like in the future?
BIO: Siva is a Research Engineer at the Center for Geographic Information Systems (CGIS) at Georgia
Institute of Technology. He has more than fifteen years of experience in GIS and Information
Technology. His expertise include web GIS application design and development, network management,
database management, and system administration. His recent interests are location intelligence and location
analytics. Siva has supported various projects sponsored by National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research,
National Science Foundation, Mid America Earthquake Center, and other state and local agencies. In addition,
Siva teaches Intro to GIS course to graduate and undergraduate students, administers the ESRI GIS software site
license program, the ESRI Education Development Center (EDC) activities at Georgia Tech, and the ERDAS software
site license for the University System of Georgia (USG). Siva is a member of the Georgia chapter of Urban and
Regional Information Systems Association (GAURISA), GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) oversight & Review
committee, volunteer with GISCorps, and chair the Georgia GISCC web subcommittee.
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Sharma, J.B., Ph.D.
Professor and Eminent Scholar | Institute for Environmental Spatial Analysis | Gainesville State College | Gainesville, GA | [email protected]
PRESENTATION TITLE: “Integrating High Spatial Resolution and Multi-Sensor Based Mapping in Remote Sensing
Curricula Using Geographic Object Based Image Analysis (GEOBIA)”
ABSTRACT: The rapidly increasing availability of free high spatial resolution remotely sensed data
presents remote sensing education with both challenges and opportunities. Traditional pixel based
image classification techniques developed for moderate resolution satellite imagery are not
effective for high spatial resolution mapping, especially those applications that need fusion of
data from different sensors. Recent advances in GEOBIA techniques encapsulated in the eCognition
software allow for automated mapping based on the fusion of multiband orthoimagery and LiDAR data. The
availability of 1 meter or less spatial resolution multiband orthoimagery and LiDAR data has opened up the
possibility for a wide range of high spatial resolution products that are critical for urban, forestry,
agricultural, and ecological applications. Furthermore, these mapping products are important for high spatial
resolution geo-spatial modeling applications. This presentation will discuss the curricular issues involved in
integrating GEOBIA mapping techniques in the traditional remote sensing programs. Case studies of student
projects using GEOBIA techniques will also be presented to inform an optimal integration in the existing remote
sensing curriculum.
BIO: JB received his B.S. in Physics from Jacksonville State University, a M.S. in Physics from OGA and a Ph.D.
in Geography from UGA. He is a professor at Gainesville State College in the Institute for Environmental Spatial
Analyses. He teaches courses in remote sensing, image processing and physics. His research interests are object
based image analysis, multisensor fusion, GIS modeling, physics education and remote sensing education.
Tedesco, Joe, M.Ed., ATP
Manager | Learning & Development Unit | Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC) | Enterprise Innovation Institute [EI2] | Georgia Institute of
Technology | Atlanta, GA | [email protected]
PRESENTATION TITLE: “The New Age of Educational Accommodations and Assistive Technology: More than just
'Special' Technology”
ABSTRACT: We have reached a crossroads in educational technology. As the mainstream proliferation
of technology has increased educational capacity; faculty are finding new ways to use what was or
is seen as special technology in ways that allow them to extend knowledge to a larger group of
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students with varying abilities. Both faculty and students are recognizing and using what was once deemed an
"accommodation" or "assistive" technology is now becoming mainstream tools and outright expected resources by
The Alternative Media Access Center (AMAC) has learned a great deal over the last 5 years with regard to
accommodating students with disabilities in colleges and universities around the country. As part of
collaborating with post-secondary institutions, AMAC has observed and facilitated the shift in concepts related
to assistive technology, accommodations and universal design for learning.
Participants can expect to learn more about the technologies being successfully used in college classrooms and
online to create the kind of inclusive and engaging environments that meet students at their respective level.
They will also learn more about AMAC and its evolution as an accommodation resource started with the support of
the Georgia Board of Regents and now housed at GA Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute (EI2).
BIO: Joe Tedesco manages the Learning and Development Unit at AMAC, responsible for the development and delivery
of AMAC products & service. At present he is working on an automated interactive technology assessment portal
that will allow students of all abilities to interact and explore the technologies that support their work as
students. Joe's unit is also involved in providing training to technology professionals and faculty in order to
assist in the use of technology in classrooms and online educational environments.
Joe earned his Masters of Education degree at Wayne State University in Detroit and was awarded a certificate in
Assistive Technology from the University of Miami. He was among the first professionals in the state of Georgia
to earn his certification as an Assistive Technology Practitioner (ATP). Joe has presented at conferences
nationally on topics related to the use of assistive technology, technology and literacy, implementing
technology in schools, and computer reuse. He enjoys providing training and is recognized for his knowledgeable
yet practical approach to technology and education.
Joe’s career has afforded him a variety of experiences leading to a rich understanding of the disability field
and the effects of technology. These include Early Intervention (DHR), Even Start (Coordinator, DOE), Tech-Able
(Director, Assistive Technology Resource Center), as well as private sector experience in the area of direct
delivery of services, and Marcus Institute and Lekotek.
He has been recognized two years in a row by the Department of Labor's Tools for Life Program for his ability to
foster collaboration among agencies and organizations in Georgia. Joe proudly served as Vice Chair of the
Georgia State Rehabilitation Council.
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