ABOUT

The mission of CCGT is to build a community of interdisciplinary geospatial science practitioners through the support of research, teaching, and outreach activities using technologies that enable the collection, analysis, and application of geospatial data.  The Center is dedicated to assisting faculty and students in the integration of geospatial technologies within their scholarly activities across all disciplines at Clemson University and building connections between academic, industrial, governmental and non-governmental institutions throughout the world.  

 

The primary home for CCGT is in the Cooper Library, where staffed collaboration and training spaces are available to all members of the Clemson community through a partnership between CCIT and the Libraries. Through this partnership, CCGT strives to make resources available to the community, including training and workshops, data services for teaching and research, access to infrastructure for geospatial analysis (ranging from software licensing for GIS through high performance computing), and support for research and proposal development.    

Patricia Carbajales-Dale
Executive Director

Patricia Carbajales-Dale serves as the Executive Director of CCGT, where she provides vision, leadership, and strategic direction of the Center’s programs and initiatives. Her team supports and trains over 2,000 students, staff, and faculty per year through academic and research initiatives, grant collaborations, management of cloud-computing and cyberGIS platforms, and collaborations with industry partners. Patricia joined Clemson’s Cyberinfrastructure Technology Integration Group in September 2014. 

Previous to Clemson, Patricia established and ran the Stanford Geospatial Center for four years at Stanford University where she also held the position of GIS Lecturer within the School of Earth Sciences. She created and taught the first "GIS for Good" class, a service learning class where students from different disciplines partnered with the United Nations, and other international humanitarian organizations to create innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Elham Masoomkhah

GIS Manager

As GIS Manager, Elham (Ellie) is responsible for managing the daily operations of the center. This includes coordinating the geospatial technology consultation services, the implementation and management of cloud-computing and web-based GIS platforms, as well as developing customized training materials for class instruction and project support.

 

Ellie earned a B.Sc. in Architectural Engineering from National University of Iran in 2012. She worked as an architect and a designer in Iran for a while prior to her departure from home. She obtained her Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning program at Clemson University and is currently in her 2nd year of PhD in Planning, Design, and Built Environment. Her Master’s thesis is developing criteria for social justice in Islamic context.

Kelsey Sheaffer
Learning Technologies Librarian

Kelsey joined Clemson University Libraries in 2018 and serves as the Learning Technologies Librarian and Director of the Adobe Digital Studio. As Learning Technologies Librarian, Kelsey collaborates closely with faculty, students, librarians and other academic units to lead and facilitate efforts on teaching and outreach for the learning technologies, advanced software, and high-tech spaces available at Clemson Libraries, including the Adobe Digital Studio and the Brown Room. 

 

Kelsey received her Masters of Fine Arts in Kinetic Imaging from Virginia Commonwealth University, focusing on art made with sound, animation and video. 
 

Blake Lytle

Director , UAV & LiDAR Program

            

Blake is a UAV, LiDAR, and GIS Specalist for the Geospatial Center and directs the UAV and LiDAR Program. He is an FAA-certified remote pilot and has experience operating a variety of UAV's and sensors as well as data processing and analytics.  He is excited to collaborate with faculty and researchers at Clemson and beyond on the cutting-edge application of UAV's as a remote sensing platform.

Blake received his Masters in Hydrogeology from Clemson where he studied subsurface water flow using ground penetrating radar and a BS in geological engineering from Michigan Tech. He enjoys cooking and grilling and outdoor activities, such as hiking, backpacking, biking, and kayaking.

Patrick Claflin
GIS Sys Admin

Patrick was 26 when he started with Clemson under CCIT (it was called ITC then) in April of 1998. He worked on the z/OS mainframe as a system programmer, making sure that the hardware, operating system, and all associated applications were running properly. He also did some development and network management as well.

When Clemson completely disassociated itself from the mainframe in 2015 he started considering moving on as well so that he could be more apart of the Clemson community and to help achieve the goals that the university strive towards. The GIS administrator position was the perfect opportunity for him to get back under the Clemson umbrella and help Clemson University to be the best school possible.

Chris Vinson
Liaison to Clemson Libraries

Chris joined Clemson University Libraries in 2011 and serves as the Head of Library Technology, a role he finds to be both challenging and rewarding. He develops and implement policies and service models to provide support to the libraries and university in the areas of digital scholarship, web and application programming, technology management, and enterprise systems administration.

 

Chris also serves as the principal investigator on a number of national grants that support programs such as the Digital Public Library of America Service Hub in South Carolina and the Open Parks Network.

 

Chris currently lives in Greenville, SC with his cranky old cat, Samba, and likes to spend his free time hiking, jogging, reading, and writing (and watching Netflix).

 Our GIS Interns

Abi Roberts

GIS Intern                                     

Abi is a senior in Environmental Engineering and a first semester UPIC intern. As part of her internship with CCGT, Abi is working on various projects and story maps.

 

These diverse projects cover the artifacts found by the Archaeological Field school at Fort Hill, features of interest in the Experimental Forest such as waterfalls, trail heads, and parking areas, and creating an interactive Agricultural App in ArcGIS Online that supplies information about commodity prices in various South Carolina counties.

Justin Dowd

Senior GIS Intern                                 

Justin is from Myrtle Beach, SC. He is a transfer student from Coastal Carolina University where he started his Computer Science degree and is now in his second year at Clemson as a Computer Information Systems student. His interest is in Information Technology and how it interacts with the various departments within a business or organization.

He is accustomed to various programming languages and is looking forward to learning python and geospatial science.
In his spare time, he enjoys watching sports, binge-watching various TV Shows, and spending time with friends and family. 

Justin Andersen 

GIS Intern                                     

Justin, from Syosset, NY, is a Junior in the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering. He is a self-proclaimed nerd and enjoys all things science and engineering.


With CCGT, he is creating story maps and web apps that make use of the marketing side of GIS. His goal is to promote the use of GIS for study abroad programs and to help take people around the world. He plans to use GIS as a tool to facilitate communication and understanding in the world of science and engineering.

 Previous Staff and Interns

Willy Li

GIS Intern                                     

Willy is from Myrtle Beach, SC. He is a second year Computer Science student at Clemson with an interest in machine learning and virtual reality. Although he is not accustom to Python, he is familiar with many other programming languages. He will be working on various projects within CCGT and is excited to learn more about geospatial science.
 

In his spare time, Willy enjoys cooking, binge-watching Netfilx, and having a nice cup of coffee with his friends.

Stephen Moysey
Faculty Director, CCGT

Dr. Moysey’s research and teaching interests focus on watershed characterization and contaminant transport problems. Major areas of research include the use of geostatistics and inverse methods to integrate geophysical measurements as dynamic data constraints in hydrologic characterization problems, determining the relationship between hydrologic and geophysical parameters at the field scale, and quantitatively understanding the complex and multi-scale nature of geologic environments.

 

Dr. Moysey is also actively collaborating with NGOs to develop sustainable watershed development practices in rural India.

 

Professor Stephen Moysey is a Task Leader on the Department of Energy, Experimental Program to Stimulate Competetive Research Implementation Project "Radionuclide Waste Disposal: Development of Multi-scale Experimental and Modeling Capabilities" (2014-Present).

Zemin Dhanani

GIS Intern                                     

Zemin has an undergraduate degree in in Civil Engineering from University of Pune, India. He is currently pursuing his Master in City and Regional Planning. He was introduced to GIS in his undergrad but only got to work on the software in a course under his MCRP program which got him more interested and involved. He is specifically interested in the application of GIS in Land use and Site planning.

 

He will be working on the Cooper library 3D project at CCGT using ArcGIS Pro and CAD. He is a sports enthusiast and likes to sketch engineering drawings

Connor Kinzie

GIS Intern                                     

Connor is a senior Computer Science student from Spartanburg, South Carolina. In addition to a BS in Computer Science, he as also pursuing a minor in Digital Production Arts as well as, eventually, a MS in Computer Science at Clemson. He is a first-semester intern who will be using his programming experience to manage Python based projects and assist in any other computing and technology needs.
 

Connor is an avid outdoors man who enjoys hiking, cooking, playing ultimate frisbee, and video editing.

Palak Matta

GIS Manager                                       

Palak graduated with a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Clemson University. She has a high level of motivation to work here and understands the complexity of GIS, in which she can help you in through workshops and consultations. She provides GIS-related technical guidance and assistance to project teams. She prepares GIS project plans and schedules to include coordinating resources, tasks, and work assignments. 

 

She believes in the quote by Albert Einstein “Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value."

Courtney McKevie

GIS Intern                                     

Courtney is from a beautiful, vibrant little town known as Aiken, SC. She is a present-day soldier of the U.S. Army National Guard, and is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Management.


In the Army National Guard, Courtney is a 12Y Geospatial Engineer and is intending to use her military training, strong written/verbal communication skills, intellect interest in scientific disciplines, and critical thinking proficiencies to follow a post-graduation career in GIS.  

Jonathan O'Brien

GIS Intern                                     

Jonathan is an Anthropology Major at Clemson with an interest in archaeology. He has been to field school in Mimbres, New Mexico and has used GIS to help support a project in Peru. He is currently working on the Campus Basemap Project, collecting data in the field using ArcGIS Collector and using ArcGIS Online.

Jonathan is also minoring in Digital Production Arts and occasionally helps create videos for the center. After
graduation he plans on utlizing GIS to document, visualize, and analylze archaeological sites.

Lu Xu

GIS Intern                                     

Lu comes from Wuhan, China. Her undergraduate background is in Urban Planning at the Wuhan Institute of Technology. She is currently studying to receive her Master's degree in Landscape Architecture.

 

Lu is interested in turning 2D drafting works into 3D vision with SketchUp, Lumion and Rhino. She wants to learn more about the 3D capabilities of GIS programs, such as Esri's CityEngine and ArcGIS Pro. In her spare time, Lu enjoy playing tennis, drawing and listening to music.

Alexander Wessinger

GIS Intern                                     

Alex is a senior Computer Science student from Columbia, South Carolina and a first-semester inter with us. In addition to a BA in Computer Science, he is also pursuing a minor in Digital Production Arts. He is keeping his options fairly open for the future, trying to decide whether to pursue an MS or MFA in Digital Production Arts or to forgo a graduates degree and enter the "real world" after finishing his undergrad. Alex will be using his programming experience to manage Python-based projects and assist in any other computing and technology needs that might arise throughout his time with us. 

Outside of working towards his undergrad, Alex enjoys playing ultimate frisbee for the Clemson men's club team "The Joint Chief's of Waft" and is a self-proclaimed connoisseur of all genres of music. 

Chris Marek

GIS Intern                                     

Chris is from Seneca, South Carolina entering his senior year at Samford University. He is a Geography major also pursuing a minor in Classics and a concentration in GIS. He is hoping to earn a masters degree in Archaeology after graduation.

 

Chris is working on a virtual tour of Clemson University which incorporates 360 imagery and uses ArcGIS Desktop, Online, and a bit of coding as well. He is hoping to use the GIS skills he learns to help with his interest in Archaeology.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, a bit of writing, research, and watching sports.

Rachel Wittmann

Metadata Specialist                                   

After graduating from Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science in New York City in 2013, Rachel moved to South Carolina to join Clemson University Libraries. While at Clemson, Rachel works on a special, grant-funded project, the Open Parks Network

 

Rachel’s role as “National Parks Metadata Specialist” is to oversee the acquisition and production of metadata for all 300k+ digital items.

 

Moving from the Big Apple to small-town South Carolina was a welcome transition for Rachel. When not wrangling metadata or gleefully pursuing research tangents, she enjoys many perks Southern lifestyle has to offer. Sitting on the swing on her front porch (not previously available in Brooklyn) and taking photographs for her own collections while exploring the area and becoming familiar with local history, are some of her favorite activities.

Providence Adu

GIS Intern                                     

Providence Adu studied in Ghana at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology for his Bachelors in Human Settlement Planning. He is currently pursuing his Master in City and Regional Planning.

At Clemson , he has worked on Geodesign models for his Professor, undertook GIS certificate training at the Center for Geospatial Technologies as well as GIS courses at the Department of Planning. Entering into his final semester for his Master’s degree, Providence is interested in using GIS for Spatial analysis in Public Health and Epidemiology.

 

In his spare time, Providence enjoys reading, research, and watching soccer.

Eric Robbins

GIS Intern                                     

Eric is a senior Computer Science student from Atlanta, Georgia and a first-semester intern. He is a geography and map geek who will be putting his programming and technology experience to use in the GIS field. Among other projects, he will be working on Python scripting within ArcGIS and assisting with CCGT’s various data management and computing needs.

 

In his rare free time, Eric enjoys hiking, traveling, astronomy, and perfecting his chili recipe.

 

Amanda Farthing

GIS Intern                                     

Amanda is a junior Industrial Engineering student from Indialantic, Florida. She first utilized GIS for a research project, analyzing the potential for solar technologies in South Carolina by performing a suitability analysis. After experiencing how useful GIS can be for renewable energy planning, Amanda wanted to learn more about its functionalities and assist others in using the tool for their own interests. 

 

In her spare time, Amanda enjoys being outside - whether it be to run, bike, or make attempts at adventure sports. 

Abdullah Al Mamun

GIS Intern                                     

Abdullah finished his undergrad in Civil Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). Now he is a Graduate Student in Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences department of Clemson University. Abdullah was introduced to GIS during his undergrad thesis, and since, his motivation to explore GIS has been escalating.

 

Abdullah’s is currently doing his research to develop real-time environmental decision support systems integrating GIS, Python and modeling. He will also assist this center as an intern and provide and share technical guidance to students here. He loves to play cricket and soccer during his free time. He also likes hiking, music and reading novels.

Edward Collins

GIS Intern                                     

Edward is a second semester intern with previous exposure to ArcGIS online and ArcGIS Desktop. He is entering his senior year in Mechanical Engineering. 

 

Through past experiences with a few engineering internships, he has demonstrated that he shows most interest and performs best when learning new computer based programs and technology.

Siddhant Aggarwal

GIS Intern                                     

Siddhant is a graduate student in computer science at Clemson University. He was born in Punjab, India. His interest is primarily towards Data Structures and Algorithms and its implementation in data science. He is working with us over various projects in which he is primarily using Apache Kafka, Python-based analysis and visualization packages and ArcGIS Pro.
He likes to solve challenging algorithm problems. He is also a member of Clemson Air Rifle Team and loves to write poetry whensoever he gets a chance. 

Michael Summers

GIS Intern

Vice President of Clemson Mappers                                    

Michael is a senior studying Biochemistry from Simpsonville, South Carolina. Having long been an avid geography nerd, he first interacted with GIS through GISDay at Clemson and became hooked.

 

At CCGT, Michael will be assisting the Clemson Mappers student organization and developing the student drone rental program. He is interested in applying his GIS knowledge to sustainable agriculture and pursuing a career in Land and Food Systems. In his spare time, Michael enjoys the outdoors, attempting to cook, and running.

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