Faculty

Sean Moran
Mr. Moran has over 20 years of professional planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) experience. He has extensive experience utilizing information technology to facilitate planning, engineering, and environmental projects. His professional accomplishments include: developing a regional Land Fragmentation Analysis; securing key partnerships in the creation of the Capital Area Geospatial Base Map (GeoMap) Program; and establishing the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) as a source for unbiased regional data and analysis. Mr. Moran’s experience as a director, educator, coordinator, manager, and technician give him a comprehensive base of knowledge on which to draw. He is currently the GIS Department Chair for Austin Community College. Prior to coming to Austin Community College (ACC) in 2009, Mr. Moran taught applied GIS to graduate-level planning students in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas. He has a BS in Forest Science from Texas A&M University and an MS in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas.

Dr. Mary Beth Booth
Dr. Mary Beth Booth is an Associate Professor of Geography and the Assistant Chair of the Social Sciences Department. When she arrived at ACC 11 years ago, no GIS courses were being offered. She was instrumental in developing Austin Community College’s GIS program so that today ACC offers 13 GIS courses, two GIS certificates and two GIS Associates degrees. Enrollment in the GIS courses now exceeds 150 students annually. She received a M.A.G degree with a concentration in GIS/Cartography from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University – San Marcos), a Doctor of Optometry degree from the New England College of Optometry and a BS in Biology from Stonehill College. Before seeing the light and becoming a geographer, Dr. Booth practiced optometry for 15 years including six years on active duty as a Captain with the U.S. Army.

Craig Eissler
Craig Eissler is an Adjunct Professor of Geography. Prior to joining ACC, he had taught GIS and Professional/Life Skills at ITT Technical Institute. In addition to his teaching career, Craig is an independent GIS consultant who specializes in project management, natural hazard analysis, risk assessment, training, and instructional material development. His current work as a contractor for the Texas Geographic Society (TXGS) began in 2003 as the User Liaison and Co-Project Manager on the Texas Hazard Mitigation Package project — an online GIS data distribution tool for identifying hazard risks in Texas. Craig’s subsequent project work for TXGS includes coordinating the GIS training program, comprised of curriculum development and classroom delivery. Courses are focused on the introduction of GIS in floodplain management and the use of HAZUS for hazard loss estimation analysis. Students are professionals in fields that are stakeholders in protecting communities from disasters. He is also a national HAZUS trainer at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute in Maryland. Craig also does extensive work with H2O Partners conducting GIS-based hazard risk assessments for communities and their mitigation plans. Previously, Craig held various marketing positions in the high-tech industry. Four of those years were with Strategic Mapping, Inc. – a world leader in GIS software at the time. Its flagship product, Atlas GIS, was eventually purchased by ESRI and became a foundation for ArcGIS in its early development stages. Craig began his career as a mapping technician for several aerial survey/photogrammetric firms leading to relevant professional experience spanning more than 20 years. Craig holds a M.S. in Geographic Information Systems from Penn State University and B.A. in Geography and Planning from (Southwest) Texas State University.

Teresa Howard
Teresa Howard is an Adjunct Professor of GIS and has taught at ACC since 2009. She first developed the Special Topics in Cartography class (GISC 1491) and then went on to develop and teach Scripting for Geographic Information systems (GIS 2250). Ms. Howard has worked with GIS since the mid-90s, first learning the technology using the now-defunct Atlas GIS application.  She is currently a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin Center for Space Research, where she has worked on projects employing GIS, satellite remote sensing, cartography, GPS, lidar, and other geospatial technologies. Her projects are concerned with emergency management  and response, natural resource monitoring, and educational outreach. Prior to 2000, Ms. Howard was GIS Manager at the Texas Water Development Board, a student intern at the U.S. Geological Survey, and cartographer and archeological illustrator at Hicks and Company, an environmental consulting firm. She earned a Master’s degree in Applied Geography from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) and a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Originally from Savannah, Georgia, Ms. Howard has studied and lived abroad and speaks several languages.

Khaled Hasan
Dr. Hasan has been working with raster GIS from 1990 beginning with his PhD research on Brazos River flooding. Since then he has taught remote sensing courses at Universities in Bangladesh and USA and also trained government officials in Vietnam and Iraq. In 1999-2001 he worked as the coordinator of the RS/GIS cluster of Environment GIS Support project (EGIS) of Bangladesh government in collaboration with USAID and Netherland consultants. At EGIS he pioneered flood mapping techniques with radar (SAR) imagery in Bangladesh, helped create Landsat mosaic for Bangladesh, etc. In 2005-2006 he worked as an USAID consultant in Iraq and created the landuse-landcover map of the country from MODIS imagery to support agricultural reconstruction efforts. While teaching at the University of Dhaka Dr. Hasan has worked with UNICEF, UNHCR, MSF, JICA, UNDP and UNOCAL as part-time researcher- consultant (2006-2009). His work with them utilized raster and vector GIS and topics included identification of water sources for new settlements, characterizing arsenic contamination of groundwater and artificial recharge, mapping for oil exploration etc. He has a BSc and MSc from University of Dhaka and PhD from Texas A&M University, all in Geology.

Florence Thompson
Florence Thompson is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geography and GIS.  She is a full time Geographer at the U.S. Geological Survey-Texas Water Science Center where she is the project lead for several GIS projects including production of National Atlas small scale hydrography datasets and a web mapping application for tracing streams.  She has also contributed to the Watershed Boundary Dataset, collaborated with hydrologists on modeling the effects of brush removal in watersheds, created a wildland fire history dataset for the middle Rio Grande in New Mexico, and created maps for USGS scientific publications.  Florence has a B.A. in History from Carleton College.  She took her first GIS course at ACC in 2002 and later went on to earn an M.A.G. from Texas State University-San Marcos with an emphasis in GIS.

Rhonda Little
Rhonda Little is the Administrative Assistant for the GIS Department.  She is originally from Houston with a career background in the legal field.  She is new to Austin Community College as well as the Austin area.  She is married and has 3 grown sons and 4 step-children.  In her occasional down time she enjoys reading and some occasional exercise.