M.A., 2001, Physical Geography, GIS and Water Resources
Current Position: Senior GIS Analyst II, Atkins North America
Kurt Baron has over 20 years of experience. His responsibilities include integrating GIS into water resources engineering, acquiring data, and pre- and post-processing hydrologic and hydraulic information. He works primarily at the State and Federal level doing floodplain and dam failure analysis. He also teaches the graduate level GIS course for the SDSU School of Public Health.
B.A., 1988, Transportation and Urban
Current Position: Director of Planning, City of Los Angeles
Lead the largest city planning department in the nation and charged with developing policies that shape the future of the City and guide development decisions for a diverse and dynamic metropolis of over 4 million people.
M.S., 2009, Geographic Information Science
Current Position: Assistant Professor of Geography, University of Calgary
My research and teaching interests are around the social and political implications of technology, bridging the gap between GIScience and human geography. Within this broad area I teach classes related to urban GIS, and focus my research energies toward understanding smart cities, digital humanitarianism, and critical data studies.
After growing up mostly in the South of the US (Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina), I moved to the west coast for graduate school. I earned my PhD from University of Washington in 2015 and taught for a year at Temple University before heading north in 2016. I'm into weird music, harsh coffee, whiskey, running ridiculous distances, 20th-century American literature, traveling, and messing around with technology. I currently live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada