Speaker Bios

Presenters

Karin Tuxen-Bettman Geo Specialist, Google Earth Outreach
Karin helps nonprofits use Google's mapping tools for their work, focusing much of her work on helping them with visualization GIS data in the tools, as well as getting better imagery for the areas where they work, including high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery and ground-level Street View imagery.
 
Tina Ornduff Program Manager, Google Geo Education
Tina Ornduff leads the Geo Edu efforts at Google and is a member of the Engineering Education department. She is passionate about helping educators integrate Google Earth and Google Maps in their classrooms to help students investigate and connect with the world around them. Tina also works on Google's various online course offerings and Course Builder. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Education at Boise State University and is studying educational technology. She is a bay area native and lives with her family in Morgan Hill. She enjoys triathlons and running.
 
Raleigh Seamster Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach
Raleigh helps nonprofits use Google's mapping tools through organizing trainings like the Geo for Good User Summit, figuring out how to bring our program to new countries like Canada & Australia, and other projects. She has been with the Google Earth Outreach team for 2 years and at Google for a total of 5 years. Before Google, Raleigh served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, worked at the nonprofit American Councils for International Education, and studied cultural anthropology at James Madison University.
 
Tanya Birch Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach
Tanya Birch is a Program Manager at Google Earth Outreach. With an academic background in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara, she has been part of Google Earth Outreach for 5 years and at Google for 9 years. Prior to Google, she researched human elephant conflict in Sri Lanka with the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society. At Google, she's applied her experience working with mapping for the non-profit sector to helping public benefit organizations learn to use Google's powerful mapping tools and Android mobile technology to further their missions.

* Tanya is currently out of the office on maternity leave, so she will not be joining us at the Geo for Higher Ed Summit.
 
Sean Askay Developer Advocate and KML Tech Lead, Google Earth Outreach
Sean has been on the Google Earth Outreach team since 2007. He specializes in geo-spatial data visualization and has a keen interest in geo-storytelling. He has extensive experience creating complex KMLs maps, Google Earth tours and is a co-author of Spreadsheet Mapper.
 
Christiaan Adams Developer Advocate, Google Earth Outreach
Christiaan is a Developer Advocate, GIS specialist, and KML designer with the Google Earth Outreach team, where he helps nonprofits to use Google's online mapping tools to tell their stories, visualize their data, and share their work work with the world. Christiaan focuses on working with Crisis Response and Conservation organizations. His background is in Environmental Engineering, Technology Policy, GIS and international development. When he's not playing with digital maps, Christiaan can be found mountain biking, hiking, or "fixing" things in his workshop.
 
David Thau Senior Developer Advocate, Google Earth Engine
Dave Thau helps scientists, NGOs, and other partners build software and algorithms that run on Earth Engine, Google's geo analysis platform. Prior to joining Google, Dave worked for many years helping ecologists and biodiversity researchers integrate their systems into distributed collaborative networks.
 
Josh Livni Developer Programs Engineer
Josh is a Senior Developer Programs Engineer at Google, focused on enabling developers to tell compelling stories using the Google Maps API's.  As you read this, he's probably writing code, thinking about snowboarding, or both.  
 
Randy SargentVisiting Scientist, Google Earth Engine | Senior Systems Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University
As Visiting Scientist in the Earth Engine team, Randy helps research and develop explorable timelapse maps, including a recently-released global timelapse map mosaicked from 29 years of Landsats 4, 5, and 7.  At Carnegie Mellon’s CREATE Lab, Randy helps research and develop ways to explore and understand many types of massive, time-series data.  Prior to CMU and Google, Randy helped develop prototype rovers in NASA Ames’s Intelligent Robotics Group, and has founded/co-founded three successful technology companies.  Randy received his BS in Computer Science from MIT, and his MS from the MIT Media Lab, where he developed the Programmable Brick, a research prototype for LEGO Mindstorms.
 
Brian Sullivan Project Manager, Google Earth Outreach
Brian Sullivan is a member of Earth Outreach and the Oceans teams. This is a very good fit because he is a sucker for environmental issues and an avid scuba diver for fun, research, and food. Before joining Google in 2007 he managing digital divide programs in West Africa, some technical positions, and a few years of strategy consulting for financial services. Various attempts to forage and live off the land in survival situations have been met with mixed success but were always enlightening. Nothing beats a Buttered Porcupine Fajita Ash Cake when you are hungry! 
 
Allie Lieber Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach
Allie Lieber started out her career at Google two years ago, educating small and medium sized businesses about optimizing their online advertising.  In January 2013, she joined the Google Earth Outreach team to bring her knowledge of Google mapping tools to the world. She has since worked with nonprofits, researchers and educators all over the world.
 
Jana Marquardt Grants Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach
Jana helps nonprofits navigate the Google Geo grants process. She has been with the Google Earth Outreach team for almost 2 years.  Before Google, Jana worked for a wide range of nonprofit and education organization, and studied Environmental Studies at University of California Santa Cruz.
 
Mano Marks Staff Developer Advocate
In 2006, Mano became the founding member of Google's Geo Developer Relations team. Now he is the lead Developer Advocate for Google’s Geo APIs. He has travelled the world helping individuals, corporations, governments and aid organizations use Google’s mapping technologies to communicate their message to the world. Before Google, Mano had an eclectic career that involved getting a Masters in History, a Masters in Information Management and Systems, and working as a data manager in NGOs for over a decade.
 
Wei Luo Geo Data Strategist
Wei Luo is a tech lead manager at Google.  She works on geospatial data presentation on Google Maps Engine as well as Google Earth.   She is an expert in spatial data quality, ranking and visualization.  She received her PhD from University of Berkeley.  
 
 
 

Google Geo Leadership

Brian McClendon Vice President of Engineering, Geo at Google
Brian McClendon is an electrical engineer, a software architect and an avid photographer. He built computer graphics software and hardware at Silicon Graphics before co-founding Keyhole in 2000. Keyhole was purchased by Google in 2004, and later became known as Google Earth. Brian is currently a Google Vice President of Engineering, responsible for geo-products including Google Maps, Google Earth, and Street View.
 
 Rebecca Moore  Engineering Manager, Google Earth Outreach and Earth Engine
 Rebecca Moore is a computer scientist and longtime software professional. At Google, she conceived and leads the Google Earth Outreach program, which supports nonprofits, communities and indigenous peoples around the world in applying Google's mapping tools to the world's pressing problems in areas such as environmental conservation, human rights and cultural preservation. Rebecca also initiated and leads the development of Google Earth Engine, a new technology platform which supports global-scale monitoring and protection of the earth’s environment. Rebecca received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Brown University in Artificial Intelligence and a master’s degree from Stanford University. Her personal work using Google Earth was instrumental in stopping the logging of more than a thousand acres of redwoods in her Santa Cruz Mountain community
   
Louis Perrochon Engineering Director
Louis Perrochon is an Engineering Director at Google and he currently leads the team that builds Google's geospatial products for businesses, governments and non-profits. These products enable you to put "your data on the Google map" and include Google Earth, Google Maps Engine and Google Earth Engine. His team also processes all aerial and satellite imagery for Google Earth and Google Maps. Previously, he has been leading Engineering for YouTube, which processes over 72 hours of video per minute and serves over 4 billion videos a day. His academic credentials include a PhD in Computer Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and 3 years post-doctoral research at Stanford University.
 

'Higher Education at Google' Panelists

Maggie Johnson Director of Education and University Relations
Maggie Johnson is Director of Education and University Relations for Google. She manages all technical training and content development, and information management programs for Google engineers and operations staff, as well as Google’s K12 educational programs in STEM and computer science.  She manages Google’s MOOC development programs and oversees the University Relations area, building strategic research partnerships with faculty and labs globally. Prior to Google, Maggie was faculty and Director of Educational Affairs in the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University.
Dan Clancy                         Engineering Director

Dr. Daniel J. Clancy, PhD, is an Engineering Director at Google working in the Research organization pursuing initiatives in Human Computer Interaction, Market Algorithm,  Social Computing, and Education.  Previously, Dr. Clancy led the YouTube, Product Search, and Google News engineering teams.  Most notably, Dr. Clancy took responsibility for Google Book Search when he started at Google in 2005.  He was heavily involved in the overall strategy for the project and in the various legal negotiations relating to the project.  Prior to coming to Google in January 2005, Dr. Clancy was the Director of the Exploration Technologies Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center. The Directorate supports over 700 people performing both basic and applied research in a diverse range of technology areas intended to enable both robotic and human exploration missions. Dr. Clancy received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in artificial intelligence. Dr. Clancy received a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in 1985 in computer science and theatre.



 
Candice Reimers Sr Program Manager, University Relations
Candice Reimers leads the Education Advancement team within Google Engineering. This includes managing Google's own MOOC experiments and partnerships. Prior to Google she worked in public and private education in Switzerland, Mexico and the U.S. She holds two Masters in Education and is working on her Doctorate in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. 
   
Wesley Chun Developer Advocate
Wesley is the author of Prentice Hall's bestselling "Core Python" series (corepython.com), the "Python Fundamentals" companion videos, co-author of "Python Web Development with Django" (withdjango.com), and has written for Linux Journal, CNET, and InformIT. In addition to being a Developer Advocate at Google, he runs CyberWeb (cyberwebconsulting.com), a consultancy specializing in Python training. He has over 25 years of programming, teaching, and writing experience, and has held engineering positions at Sun, Cisco/Ironport, HP, Rockwell, and EMC/Legato. While at Yahoo!, Wesley helped create Yahoo!Mail & Yahoo! People Search. He holds degrees in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Music from the University of California.
 
 

'Success Story Lightning Round' Panelists

Bessie Schwarz
Bessie Schwarz focuses on the intersection between human geography and policy to develop new tools for environmental advocacy. As a Master of Science Candidate at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, her research builds a non-economic metric of measurement for social and cultural ecosystem services. Previously, as the Federal Field Coordinator at Environment America and Field Director of Environment Colorado, she designed and oversaw campaigns that protected the Grand Canyon, expanded clean energy, and strengthen the Clean Water Act. 
 
Beth Tellman
Beth Tellman is interested in integrating disaster science with community resilience and development work. She currently a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow as a candidate for a Master’s of Environmental Science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where her research measures and maps the impacts of deforestation and urbanization on flood risk in El Salvador. Past research explored the keys to community resilience to disasters after major landslides pummeled El Salvador after Hurricane Ida in 2009. She has put this research to action, and during her Fulbright in El Salvador in 2009 co-founded an NGO, the CEIBA Foundation, to facilitate rural Salvadoran communities in attaining disaster resilience.

Read a recent article about her Google work in the Yale 
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies blog!
   
Jon Sullivan

Jonathan Sullivan is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies with a Masters of Forestry.  At Yale, Jonathan studied international forestry issues focusing on the use of payments for ecosystem services for reforestation projects, community forestry, and remote sensing/ mapping techniques.  As an active member of the Quiet Corner Initiative he helped private landowners write management plans for their properties and started a landscape-mapping project to refine forest cover.  He is now the Vice-President of Certification for EcoPlanet Bamboo where he’ll manage reforestation projects, training for community forestry initiatives, and the development of mobile data collection systems.

 
   
Lindsi Seegmiller

Lindsi Seegmiller is an Masters of Environmental Science student in the Urban Lab at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  She is broadly interested in human-environment interaction in urban areas and along coastlines. These foci allow for spatial analysis and remote sensing of urbanization, land management, and impacts of development.  Her past research focused on changes in land-use and urban form longitudinally, exploring the relationship with surrounding geographies, ecosystems, and ecosystem functions.  Before grad school, Lindsi worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) where she focused on urban and transportation planning, political influence on development, urban sustainable practices, assessment of environmental risks due to human activities and urban development, and marine resource extraction and fishing.

 
   
Tse Yang Lim

Tse Yang Lim is a Master of Environmental Management candidate at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. He works on integrating environmental concerns into international development work, in particular on finding ways to improve decision-making and policy learning. His interest in geospatial analysis stems from a broader desire to organise and present large volumes of data to help inform policy decisions. Prior to Yale F&ES, Tse Yang worked with the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations and the Center for Governance and Sustainability at UMass Boston.

 
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