Center for Partnerships in GIS

Senior Staff


Dr. Brian Waldron



Phone: 901-678-3283

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.


Nate Ron-Ferguson

Senior GIS Project Coordinator


Phone: 901-678-5110

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).


Jason Knisley

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.

Mohamad Elqudsi

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.

Andrew Cole

Project Coordinator


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 Goddard

Project Coordinator


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.


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