GEOG 583
Geospatial System Analysis and Design

Instructor Information

Contact Information

2217 EES Building
Dutton e-Education Institute
College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

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Professor Introductions

Video: Brandi Gaertner - (0:52)

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I’m Dr. Brandi Gaertner. I am a climate change hydrologist and I study the impact of climate change on growing season length, which is the amount of time trees stay green. I have a Master of Science in Online Technology and Instructional Design and I'm also working on a Master of Education and Lifelong Learning and Adult Education. Both of these degrees have taught me the value of an open communication learning environment. With that in mind, feel free to contact me even if its just to say hi. I have a lot of hobbies outside of academia including running, walking, hiking and reading. I also have a daughter, Anna Marie. She was born July of 2021 and she keeps life very fun and interesting. I look forward to meeting you in the future and have a great day.


Video: Panagiotis Giannakis - (1:06)

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Hello everyone. My name is Panagiotis Giannakis but everyone around her knows me and calls me Panos. I am a faculty member in the Geography Department at the Pennsylvania State University and I did several online courses including Database Development, GIS Programming, and Open Web Mapping. The road that led me to State College and the Penn State has been a rather long one. I grew up in Greece. I came in 2013 in the United States in order to study and get my Ph.D. from the University of Arkansas. I spent more or less all my life inside academic institutions studying, working, and teaching so when I got the opportunity to come here in Penn State I was more than excited. As a geographer I truly loved traveling and exploring new places and so far I have managed to visit more than 20 countries. While in the United States the goal that me and my wife have set is to visit all 50 states and we're already more than halfway done. I honestly think that this is a wonderful program and I really hope that I will see you in one of my classes in the future.


Video: Marcela Suárez - (1:18)

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Transcript is coming soon.


Video: Todd Bacastow - (0:58)

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TODD BACASTOW: Hi, my name's Todd Bacastow. I'm a professor of practice for geospatial intelligence at Penn State in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. My expertise is-- really started out as geographic information systems. I attended Penn State in the 1980s, and sort of in the early stages of geographic information systems. And then went from Penn State, where I taught at West Point for three years, went off to Europe and did some things, geospatial. And I'm coming back to Penn State again and getting a Ph.D. in geographic information systems. When I feel a little wilder and stealthier, I go for the field of geospatial intelligence. It's perfect for government, business, and Homeland Security. Whatever it is, geographic information systems or spatial intelligence, we're here for you. [MUSIC PLAYING]