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Advisory Board

The Online Geospatial Education Advisory Board lends their knowledge and professional expertise to ensure that our programs are relevant and impactful.

External Board Members

External Advisory Board members are leaders in the geospatial field who share a motivation for ensuring the success of students in our certificate and degree programs. They provide strategic guidance on how to continually refine our programs to meet the needs of geospatial professionals and society. If you have questions about the Advisory Board, email:

Mamata Akella portrait
Cartographic System Designer, Felt
Chris Goranson portrait
Distinguished Service Professor at Carnegie Mellon University
Susan Kalweit portrait
Susan Kalweit Senior Associate for Culture and Leader Excellence, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Linda Ratsep portrait
President, The Ratsep Group, Inc., Project Coordinator, Master of Civil Engineering Program, Norwich University
Rebecca Somers portrait
President, Somers-St.Claire GIS Management Consultants
Paul Schneider portrait
Economic Development Engineer at Georgia Power
Adena Schutzberg portrait
Education Specialist at Esri

Penn State Board Members

Penn State Advisory Board members are internal stakeholders who possess a broad range of expertise in GIScience and are committed to creating a successful and sustainable online geospatial education program.

Fred Fonseca portrait
Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
David Goldberg portrait
Associate Clinical Professor of Landscape Architecture, Penn State
Stephen Matthews
Liberal Arts Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Demography, Penn State