The Evaluation Team

The Student GIS Challenge proposals will be evaluated by an independent panel of esteemed experts in the GIS arena. The Evaluation Team will contain members with subject-matter expertise and will be recruited from academic institutions, governmental organizations, and commercial enterprises.  Current members and bio are provided below:  


Thomas Horan, Ph.D., Dean, School of Information Systems and Technology, CGU, Contest Co-Chair

Dr. Horan is Dean and Professor at CGU's School of Information Systems & Technology (SISAT) and is founding Director of the Kay Center for E-Health Research. Dr. Horan has been an active leader in research and training related to policy and consumer dimensions of health information technology and digital infrastructure systems.  This role has included service to the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ (HHS), American Health Information Community (AHIC), as well as providing research expertise, consultation and policy advice to the federal institutions. Dr. Horan received his Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University (1988) and then spent five years as a Senior Analyst for the US General Accounting Office in Washington, DC.
Brian N. Hilton, Ph.D., Advanced GIS Lab Director, CGU, Contest Co-Chair

Brian N. Hilton received a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Claremont Graduate University, School of Information Science in May 2004.  His current research interests lie in spatial information system development, Internet-based GIS, and the use of emerging technologies in information system development.  He holds an MS in MIS (Claremont Graduate University) and a BA in Economics (Richard Stockton College of New Jersey).  Dr. Hilton is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Information Systems and Technology (SISAT) at Claremont Graduate University and is a Research Associate at the Claremont Information and Technology Institute.
Terry Bills, Director, Transportation Division, Esri

Terry Bills is the Global Transportation Industry Manager at ESRI, responsible for all transportation segments worldwide.  He has over 20 years experience in transportation planning and policy, information technology and GIS. Mr. Bills has worked for government agencies (as a Principal Planner for the Southern California Association of Governments), and for private consulting firms (as President of GIS/Trans, a transportation GIS consulting firm) throughout his career. Mr. Bills was a Doctoral Candidate at UCLA, where he was also awarded two Masters’ degrees.

Brian Carlson, Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs IT Director, World Vision International

Brian Carlson is employed by World Vision International as the IT Director for the Humanitarian & Emergency Affairs group.  Since 1995, he has also worked for Boeing, Microsoft, Purus Technologies and Bank of America, among others.  His experiences in ICT strategy development, Business continuity, Capacity building, Cross sector partnerships and Change management have aided in the development of World Visions global relief, ICT programmes spanning 97 countries and over 2600 area development programmes.  His most recent efforts focus on Information Management and cloud networking across the Humanitarian industry.

Marcia Carrillo, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, School of Information Systems and Technology, CGU

Dr. Carrillo has worked in the field of GIS for over fifteen years. Her experience includes working on major environmental project such as Owens Lake Dust Mitigation project, SR 79, WEMO for the BLM and TRTP Renewable energy project for Southern California Edison. She specializes in the application of GIS to environmental issues as well as humanitarian causes.

Lee Munnich, Director, Center for Excellence in Rural Safety, University of Minnesota

Lee Munnich is director of the national Center for Excellence in Rural Safety established under SAFETEA-LU and is currently leading a project on value pricing outreach and education. Munnich chairs the Transportation Research Board's subcommittee on Congestion Pricing Outreach.  Munnich received a bachelor's degree in economics from Georgetown University in 1967 and has done post-graduate work in economics and computer science at the University of Minnesota. He served as deputy commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED), and chaired the research division of the National Association of State Development Agencies (NASDA) from 1986 to 1990.
Warren Roberts, Professor, GIS Support at Libraries of The Claremont Colleges

Prof Roberts is a full time GIS faculty at Rio Hondo College with degree in Landscape Architecture & Landscape Planning from the University of Oregon (MLA 98) and a BSLA from Cal Poly Pomona ('90). He has also taught at California State Polytechnic University in the Department of Landscape Architecture. He currently has certificates in GIS teaching in Crime Analysis Mapping ( NIJ) & in Incident (Fire) Command Mapping ( GIST). He has over 15 years of professional and academic experience in both CAD, GIS and surveying (GPS) working on a variety of projects including storm water modeling, mapping Coastal Marinas and local watersheds and mapping contamination from Chernobyl with recommended land uses changes, and Campus GIS mapping. Warren also has an office in the library at the Claremont Colleges supporting faculty and students throughout the 5 colleges.

Scott Sandusky, Technical Lead, Transportation Division, Esri

Mr. Sandusky has over 10 years of experience in the GIS industry.  His currently role as an Esri technical solutions engineer is applying GIS technology directly to industry-specific use cases and business problems.  His previous role at Esri was in professional services doing project and consulting work.  As a Western Michigan University graduate, Scott has also worked in a local government GIS department and for an Esri business partner.

Benjamin Schooley, Ph.D., Advanced GIS Lab Associate Director, CGU

Dr. Schooley received his MBA from the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management and his Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Claremont Graduate University. His research interests focus on the design and development of information systems for healthcare government applications. These range from mobile Smart Phone apps to enterprise applications that integrate geospatial solutions.

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