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Conference 2018

October 9-12, 2018

Albert Sarvis

Assistant Professor
Geospatial Technology
Harrisburg University

Albert Sarvis received his B.A. in Geo-environmental Studies from Shippensburg University in 1991 and M.A. in Geography at Ohio University in 1994. Mr. Sarvis began his teaching experience as a Graduate Assistant at OU teaching Physical Geography and Geospatial Technology labs. Mr. Sarvis has also taught graduate level Geospatial Technology classes at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs and undergraduate classes at Harrisburg Area Community College. In 2005 he began working with Harrisburg University as a corporate faculty member helping to develop and teach the Geospatial Technology program before joining the HU staff full time in January 2011.

Prior to becoming a full time professor Mr. Sarvis worked for 16 years in the Geospatial Technology consulting industry spending 11 of those years as a project manager. He obtained his Project Management Professional certification in 2005 and GIS Professional certification in 2007. Mr. Sarvis has presented Geospatial Technology and Project Management at numerous conferences and workshops during his consulting career and maintains a wide range of Geospatial Industry contacts to benefit both the Geospatial Technology and Project Management program content and future student careers.


(A1): Discovering Truth with Maps
10 October 2018 11:00 AM–12:00 PM

This session will investigate spatial distribution of historic census data to challenge preconceptions of race, ethnicity and economic status. Students will have the opportunity to visualize and explore 30 years of historic census data to determine the truth in response to assumption statements.

- Presented with Christine Proctor

(E1): Drones: Can Thermal Imagery Detect Cold-Blooded Reptiles
11 October 2018 01:00 PM–02:00 PM

This topic will look at a research question that asked, can a drone mounted thermal camera help to detect a threatened species of North American Rattle Snake? The session will address the experiment design, methodologies used and the results obtained. Thermal images and video will be used to augment the presentation.