External Advisory Board

GES aspires to be a strong presence in the geospatial community and to be a leader in cutting-edge geospatial science and technology research and education. To support this goal, an External Advisory Committee was established in spring 2015 to offer guidance for all aspects of the curriculum where geospatial technologies are embedded (BA, MSES, and MA, as well as the GIS Certificate), particularly the MA Program. Likewise, the External Advisory Committee can provide guidance on strong community links and outreach across Colorado and the region.


Michael Michael P. Finn 
Research Cartographer, US Geological Survey

Mike works in the USGS Center of Excellence for Geospatial Information Science. He holds a BS in Geography with a Minor in Cartography and Map Technology 
from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University) and an MS in Civil Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Mike has worked as a Computer and IT Specialist, and a Research Cartographer with the US Geological Survey for the past 16 years. He also has 17 years of experience with the US Department of Defense; 10 years with the US Air Force and 7 years with the Defense Mapping Agency.

danDan Getman

Principal Geospatial Data Scientist, DigitalGlobe       

​Dan has Master of Science in Remote Sensing from Purdue University. His work at Digital Globe is focused on developing large-scale analysis solutions that utilize data science and high performance/cloud computing methodologies to derive information and insights from high-resolution satellite imagery at scale across a variety of domains. He has extensive experience in spatial analysis using open source software tools, spatial statistics, multivariate data visualization, and analysis of large spatiotemporal data.​ 

Jacek Grodecki  


Jacek has a Ph.D. in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering from the University of New Brunswick and currently is Senior Director of Research and Development at DigitalGlobe. He has extensive experience in image processing, remote sensing, photogrammetry, geodesy, and statistical analysis of data. His expertise encompasses theoretical and practical aspects of image generation, sensor modeling, feature extraction, and estimation and optimization methods. Jacek is also adjunct professor in the area of Remote Sensing at the University of Colorado Denver. 

D. GwartneyDaniel Gwartney

GIS Group Manager, Amec Foster Wheeler

Dan has a Master Degree in Urban and Environmental Geosciences with a focus Geospatial Analysis, 
Digital Image Processing, and Hyperspectral Remote Sensing from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.  He also has a Bachelor of Science in Geography with a focus in Remote Sensing, Climatology, and Atmospheric Science from the University of Kansas.  Previously, he worked at Kansas Applied Remote Sensing as a Research Assistant in the Kansas Biological Survey.  Currently, he is the GIS Group Manager for Amec Foster Wheeler’s Denver office.  He oversees a team of 3 mid to senior level GIS Analysts as well as 3 mid to senior level Wildlife and Plant Biologists.  Much of his work is focused​ on environmental remote sensing, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, floodplain and wetland delineations, biological plant surveys, and a diverse variety of geospatial and cartographic applications. His areas of interest include automated geospatial analysis, LiDAR pointcloud processing, multispectral analysis, and hyperspectral imagery analysis. 


Philipp Hummel

Compass Data Inc.

Phillip has a master degree with focus on Land Surveying, Geodesy, GIS, Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing from the University of Karlsruche, Germany. He is a certified federal surveyor and photogrammetrists, as well as a Professional Land
Surveyor licensed in six states in the USA. In Compass Data Inc. he currently in charge of managing nation-wide and international operations for bidding for project contracts, setting up of logistics, and technical solutions. The department that he leads specializes in collecting Ground Control Points for airbone and space-borne sensors. As a geodesists he consults and calculate datum-transformations to ensure the highest geodetic accuracy throughout different continents. 

Darcee Killpack

Deputy Director, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, US Geological Survey

Darcee works for the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC), under the National Geospatial Program for USGS.  She holds a BS in Material Science from University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill and a MS in Environmental Monitoring from University of Wisconsin - Madison.  As the Deputy Director of NGTOC, Darcee supports the production and delivery of The National Map, US Topo, 3D Elevation Program, and the National Hydrography Dataset.  Darcee previously worked for the National Park Service as the GIS Coordinator for the Intermountain Region providing direct GIS support to over 90 park units in 8 states.  She also worked for SWCA, Inc. as the GIS Director supporting the integration of GIS into environmental management, assessments, and analysis.​

David Dave Murray

GIS Coordinator, City of Westminster, Colorado

Dave has a Master Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and another Master Degree in Engineering focused on Geographic Information Systems from The University of Colorado at Denver.  He also holds a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering 
Technology from Northern Arizona University.  He received his GIS Professional certification in 2007.  Dave has been instructing GIS classes at UCD in the Engineering Department and Geography since 1998. He works with a wide variety of urban applications as the GIS Coordinator at Westminster. His areas of interest include geospatial technology diffusion, urban applications, 3D and technology transfer. 

Alina Alina Shemetova

GIS Business Analyst, SM Energy

Alina completed her B.A. in Geography with a focus in Environmental Studies at University of Colorado, Denver.  Since completing her degree in 2013, she
has been actively pursuing her professional career within the Oil and Gas sector.  As a GIS Business Systems Analyst at SM Energy, Alina employs GIS as a means to support users working resource plays across the continental U.S.  Her support has spanned all phases of the Exploration and Production (E&P) lifecycle with projects involving geospatial analytics, vendor and proprietary data management, geodatabase administration, mineral and leasehold asset mapping, training and technical support in a variety of GIS applications.