Dr. Brian Waldron
Dr. Waldron serves multiple roles: Director of the Center for Partnerships in GIS
(CPGIS), Assistant Professor within the Herff College of Engineering and Associate
Director of the Ground Water Institute. His expertise is in GIS application and development
as well as ground-water flow and contaminant transport. Dr. Waldron has been the Director
of CPGIS since its inception in the summer of 2007. He has used GIS as a tool for
mapping community data and conducting spatial analyses since 1991. For four years
(2006-2010), he was an ESRI Authorized Training instructor in Introduction to ArcGIS.
His primary interest with GIS is in developing innovative solutions for solving complex
problems and pushing the envelope in using advanced GIS capabilities.
GIS Project Manager
Mr. Robinson joined CPGIS during its initial hiring phase in July 2007, as a GIS Technician.In
2008, he completed his undergraduate degree in International Studies. He was hired
as the GIS Project Manager for CPGIS in 2009. During his tenure as GIS Project Manager,
he has helped CPGIS never miss a deadline and remain in budget on many of the dozens
of contracts and projects that keep the office environment buzzing. He has a passion
for improving workflow efficiency, working in a fast paced team environment, and pioneering
new areas of growth in spatial analyses. He has played a significant role in CPGIS’
endeavors including leveraging the power of GIS across multiple hardware and software
platforms, interactive web mapping, real-time mobile field assessment, and developing
partnerships with local government and businesses.
Andrew Carnegie: “Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision
and to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the
fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.”
Senior GIS Project Coordinator
Mr. Ferguson has worked at the Center for Partnerships in GIS since July, 2009, and
has served as the GIS Project Coordinator since February of 2010. He received a Masters
in City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis in 2008, at which time
he worked as a Research Associate at the Regional Economic Development Center. He
assisted in the preparation of the Environmental Systems Enhancement Plan for the
Mississippi River Corridor in Tennessee, a regional development strategy that leverages
natural systems to promote both conservation and economic development efforts throughout
the region. He has worked on a variety of GIS related projects including neighborhood
mapping, community analysis, site selection, and numerous others. His interests in
GIS lie in GeoDesign, participatory GIS, and developing mobile solutions. As a daily
bicycle commuter, Nate is involved with a variety of cycling and pedestrian groups
around town including Walk Bike Memphis and the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization’s
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC).
Senior GIS Web Programmer
Jason began working with CPGIS in January 2010 as a full-time graduate student pursuing
a M.S. in Applied Computer Science. His initial projects involved the development
of several Silverlight-based web mapping applications, and recently he has begun development
of GIS applications on the Android platform. His programming experience includes website
development using ASP, JSP, and PHP as well as application development in C#, Java,
C/C++, and Visual Basic. He joined CPGIS full time in April 2011 and received a master’s
degree in Applied Computer Science in May 2011.
Senior GIS Technician
Mr. Mohamad Elqudsi is CPGIS’ Senior GIS Technician. His initial interest in GIS stemmed
from the realization that GIS was a powerful decisions making tool with many uses
across numerous disciplines. He assists in the management of some of CPGIS’ projects,
this including the training and mentoring of new student hires. Additionally, he has
begun developing Python scripts that perform a number of functions including automation
reconcile and posting of CPGIS’ versioned database, post-processing GIS data for a
quicker and more robust QA/QC process, and monitoring employee workflow and editing
quality. Model Builder is also becoming one of his passions in GIS. He is scheduled
to receive his bachelor degree in Management Information Systems from the Fogelman
Economics and Business at the University of Memphis in Spring 2011.
Jeanne Buckner Payne
Ms. Payne monitors CPGIS’ budgets, facilitates transactions within the University
accounting, payroll and procurement systems and performs other administrative duties
related to the daily needs concerning CPGIS’ responsibilities to the University of
Memphis and its clients and employees. For 32 years, Ms. Payne worked in the corporate
accounting office for the second largest airline catering company, retiring in 2005.
She was enticed to come out of retirement to work and the University of Memphis and
CPGIS by Dr. Waldron in 2007. She likes reading, bird watching, cooking, entertaining,
college basketball -GO TIGERS GO-soccer, and NASCAR.
Andrew assists the CPGIS staff on developing and managing data for the local Homeland
Security Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI). His personal interests in GIS are
in how spatial analysis can impact the political process through mapping demographic
shifts in voting districts, improving canvass efficiency with network analysis tools,
and mapping areas of improvement to be included in campaign platforms.
Eric assists the CPGIS staff with collecting and managing mobile data collection.
His personal interests in GIS relate to their application in archaeology including
how to integrate various types of data such as geophysical, surface, and sub-surface
and apply them towards a better understanding of past human settlement patterns, community
organization, or evaluating formation and erosion processes on prehistoric earthworks.