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Speakers 27th Annual New York State GIS Conference

jeff howeKeynote Speaker

Jeff Howe
Author, Crowdsourcing

Jeff Howe is a professor of journalism at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. He previously worked as a contributing editor at Wired Magazine, where he covered the media and entertainment industries. In June 2006 he published "The Rise of Crowdsourcing" in Wired. In September 2008 he published a book on the subject for Random House. The book has been translated into 11 languages. Before coming to Wired in 2001 he was a senior editor at Inside.com and a writer at the Village Voice. In his 20 years as a journalist he has traveled around the world working on stories ranging from the impending water crisis in Central Asia to the implications of gene patenting. He has written for Time, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Post, Mother Jones and numerous other publications. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.

Specialized Spatial Spotlight Presenters

LiDAR: What's the Point?

Ron Frederiks, NYS Department of Transportation
Ron Frederiks has been at the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) for 27years and is the Head of the Photogrammetry and Survey Section. He holds a Masters Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and has been a Certified Photogrammetrist (ASPRS) since 1991. Ron has been involved with LiDAR since 2006, and has worked with Airborne, Mobile and Terrestrial LiDAR. LiDAR at NYSDOT is being used in Engineering Design, Structures, Construction and Geotechnical Applications.

Karen Kwasnowski, GroundPoint Technologies, LLC
Mrs. Kwasnowski has 15 years experience as a senior GIS technologist with a broad range of LiDAR and other remote sensing and geospatial project experience. She is co-founder of GroundPoint Technologies and currently oversees all of GroundPoint’s technical production. She has successfully lead LiDAR and GIS projects for a range of government agencies at the County and State level, and for Federal Agencies such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  Her specialties include quality control and accuracy assessment of LiDAR data and the development of terrain products for GIS integration.

Charles Mondello, Pictometry
Charles Mondello is the Deputy Chief Technology Officer at Pictometry. In this role, he provides corporate direction for the overall development and growth of the Company and is actively involved in Engineering, Production, Marketing, and Sales. He focuses upon Pictometry offerings involving the interconnection between customer requirements and the technologies used by the Corporation.

Mondello’s career has included multiple leadership roles including Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Pictometry. Here he was invloved in the creation of many of the new business areas supporting Pictometry clients worldwide. He formerly was Director of Technical Development and Marketing for Earth Data Technologies. He directed the marketing of Litton's Emerge product line and led both government and commercial remote sensing programs at the Eastman Kodak Company. While with Kodak, Mondello was also responsible for the Aerial Systems product line covering Film and Digital Product Development and Marketing. He worked with the Federal Government as well, managing large data collection and processing systems.

Widely recognized by his peers in the profession, Mondello's accomplishments have included selection as the Director of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing's (ASPRS) Primary Data Acquisition Division; as well as his election to serve as the Director of the ASPRS 10 Year Remote Sensing Strategic Forecast. Mondello developed the Digital Aerial Guideline for ASPRS and has received numerous ASPRS Presidential Citations. He currently chairs a team developing the industry guidance on the procurement of Geospatial Products. Most recently, Mondello was selected to serve on the inaugural National Geospatial Advisory Committee led by U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne.

Mondello has a Master’s degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Imaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He is certified as a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP).

Get Your Head in the Cloud

Learon Dalby, The Sanborn Map Company
Mr. Dalby has more than 15 years of experience in systems integration, project management and enterprise deployments, specializing in the integration of new and existing spatial technologies. Prior to joining Sanborn, Mr. Dalby served as the State of Arkansas GIS Program Manager and solution architect for geographic information systems. As Program Manager he had notable success directing a broad range of enterprise initiatives; participating in planning, analysis, and implementation of solutions in support of business objectives working with the private and public sector at all levels of government. Mr. Dalby has extensive experience working with executives at all levels of government to implement spatial technologies to improve productivity. Mr. Dalby holds a BS degree in Biology from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Mike Evanoff, Google Earth Enterprise
Mike Evanoff (BSEE '82 Cornell University, MSEE '91 Johns Hopkins University) is anaccidentalgeospatialprofessional. After finishing his required stint in the Navy to pay off his Navy ROTC scholarship, he returned to electrical engineering focusing mostly on digital signal processing. DSP led to expertise in high performance computing which led to setting up a very expensive satellite and imagery networking and computing infrastructures at the CIA. He has seen the transition from $1M specialty built workstations that could only process a single image to today's capability of accessing hundreds of terabytes of imagery via Google Maps on a smart phone. He has worked for the past five years as ageospatial engineer in Google's Enterprise group concentrating on bringing Google technologies to public and private sector companies. Mike is a retired Navy Commander, lives in Falls Church with his wife and one remaining dependent son, rides a bike to work, and travels a lot.

Joseph D. Fargnoli, The RITRE Corporation
Joseph D. Fargnoli has been conducting pioneering work in the remote sensing and GIS field for over 20 years working with both airborne and spaceborne collection systems for Commercial, Civil, DOD and Intelligence customers. His work has focused on the tailored design and use of  panchromatic, multispectral, hyper spectral and lidar collection platforms in order to optimally apply remote sensing and data processing, exploitation and dissemination techniques within GIS systems to high value customer problem sets thus driving the value of collection data. Upon the onset of the most recent technical sea-state change brought about by cloud computing he has worked within the Government to recommend paths for applying these technologies into a new generation of remote sensing and GIS systems.   To further accelerate the adoption of these technologies he joined the RITRE Corporation out of Rochester, NY with focus on the convergence of Cloud Computing with Remote Sensing and GIS systems with particular emphasis on applying these problems to addressing the needs at the local community level in innovative ways to contribute to the process of community building to begin a process of collective transformation. He holds an MS degrees from George Washington University in Telecommunications and Computers, the University of Rochester Institute of Optics as well as SUNY @ Buffalo in Electrical And Computer Engineering.

James Higgins, Esri
James Higgins is an information technology professional with 18 years of experience designing and implementing geographic information systems. For the last 13 years he has worked at Esri and now serves as the Sector Manager for the Global Water Utility Practice and Regional Sales Manager for the Northeastern United States. An expert in relating geospatial concepts and technology with utility business processes, James is frequently called upon as a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at utilities, industry associations, and international conferences.

Tyson Schallipp, Google Earth Enterprise
Tyson Schallipp is responsible for Sales at Google for the North East Public Sector. He has worked with many organizations in developing Cloud Computing strategies that can empower organizations for the future of work.

Crisis Response

Glen Aichinger, National Grid
Glen Aichinger is National Grid’s Manager of Electric Emergency Planning for Upstate New York.  Glen has been with National Grid for more than 20 years and has held various positions in the company which include customer account management for some of the largest commercial and municipal accounts, Field Operations, and currently Emergency Planning.  Glen has a Masters of Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.  While in Operations, Glen managed the logistics section for National Grid with regards to their Emergency Response Plan in their Western Division.  Presently, his role in Emergency Planning is to manage the Electric Emergency Response Plan for National Grid in upstate New York and represent the Company in the New York Mutual Aid Group.

David Brotzman, Vermont Center for Geographic Information
Mr. Brotzman is the Executive Director of the Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI), a government non-profit organization created by the State of Vermont to support the development of GIS, data standards and data distribution in the state. Previously, David worked as a senior systems consultant for British Aerospace Engineering Inc. and Intergraph Corp. in support of federal imagery and mapping system design, development and implementation. David has 30+ years of involvement with geospatial project management and related technologies.

Dave MacEwan, NYS Department of Transportation
Dave MacEwan is currently a Local Programs Liaison for the New York State Department of Transportation in the Region 9 (Binghamton) office. Based on his previous twelve years as regional GIS Coordinator, ICS/NIMS training, and experience in various emergency events, Dave is also the Road Status/Damage Assessment (RSDA) Team Leader in the region’s incident command organization. The RSDA Tool is a simple GIS client/server system for collecting and tracking the condition of highways and other assets; in Region 9, it was used extensively in Broome, Chenango, Schoharie and Tioga counties during the 2011 floods. Dave holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Clarkson University and an M.A. in Geography from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He has been with NYSDOT for over 17 years.

Jim McConnell, NYC Office of Emergency Management
James McConnell, New York City’s Office of Emergency Management's Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Data, joined OEM in September 2001 to direct Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The GIS staff is responsible for providing reliable geospatial data to long-term planners and to decision makers during emergencies. The division’s major efforts include the development of the Public Safety GIS Data Development Center, the collection of critical infrastructure data sets and regional GIS data sets, and the development of an OEM Intranet mapping service. Previous to his work at OEM, McConnell worked for 16 years at the NYC Department of City Planning as an Associate City Planner. He managed neighborhood rezoning, community-based planning efforts, and the training of planners in the use of GIS. McConnell has a bachelor's degree from Binghamton University and was a Public Service Scholar at Hunter College (Graduate Program in Urban Planning).

Dan O'Brien, NYS Office of Emergency Management
Dan O’Brien has been with the New York State Office of Emergency Management (previously New York State Emergency Management Office) for 25 years where he has served as the agency’s only full-time GIS staff. He has a B.A. from St. Lawrence University and a M.R.P. from the University at Albany – SUNY. He lives in Grafton, NY with his wife and two teenage sons. When not at work or home, chances are he is out bushwhacking through the forests of Rensselaer County or the Adirondack Mountains (with or without a map).

Mike Praeger, NYS Office of Cyber Security
Mike Praeger graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a BA Environmental Science, GIS Minor. In 2007, he began working for Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services – Office of Cyber Security as an ITS2\GIS Specialist and member of the NYS Incident Management Team. His main duties for DHSES-OCS are data improvement and analysis. His first out-of state deployment was in 2008 for Hurricane Gustav in Houma, Louisiana.  Prior to Hurricane Irene making landfall in New York, he was staffed at the NYS EOC in Albany as GIS staff. The Monday after landfall, he was re-assigned to the Incident Command Post in Cobleskill NY where I was the GIS Lead. His main daily duties were producing updated road closures maps, the bulk of this information was provided via the DOT Road Status Damage Assessment (RSDA) software.

Think Spatially, Act Locally

Kate Burns, Elgin County
Kate Burns is the Business Development Coordinator for Elgin County and has been working with Elgin since 2008. She has her BA in Communications from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Post Graduate in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Fanshawe College. Prior to joining the team in Elgin County, Kate gained experience in marketing, event planning and program management, with the not-for profit sector and the federal government. Kate is an active volunteer in the community.  Having served on the boards of the St. Thomas Stars Jr. B Hockey Team, North America Railway Hall of Fame as well as helping organize many community events.

Butch Conover, City of Rome
Butch has been employed with the City of Rome for 23 years in the water & wastewater industry. He iscurrently the Superintendent of Water and Streets and oversee the maintenance of water, sewer, storm, streets and Administrator for the city’s GIS network.

Tyson Edwards, Township of Malahide
Tyson Edwards is the GIS/Social Marketing Technician for the Township of Malahide and has been working with Malahide since 2007. He has his Diploma in GIS & Urban Planning and Graphic Design from Fanshawe College. He started as a student helping build the GIS system for Malahide.  Since then, Malahide has been able to develop its GIS system to enable it to contract GIS services to six other neighbouring municipalities and the County of Elgin. Tyson provides GIS training, web mapping, custom analysis work, and now mobile solutions. Most recently, Malahide through Tyson’s lead has been testing the power of merging social media, GIS, and mobile devices.

Steve Signell, SUNY-ESF Adirondack Ecological Center
Steve Signell is a GIS specialist at the SUNY-ESF Adirondack Ecological Center in Newcomb, NY. He provides spatial support for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and coordinates the activities of the Adirondack Park Regional GIS (APR-GIS) Consortium.