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Advisory Board

Ray Boswell
(BA in Environmental Studies, Minor in Geography, 1995)
Mr. Boswell is the GIS Manager for the Blount County GIS Group. He has held this position since July 2005, and is responsible for integrating GIS into the business functions for the City of Alcoa, Blount County government, and the City of Maryville. His primary focus is on understanding the functions of departments within the three governments, advising them on them how to integrate GIS into these functions, and working with them on data development and maintenance. Mr. Boswell frequently provides Geography students with internship opportunities.

Lou Fatale
(MS in Geography, 1986)
For 26 years, Mr. Fatale held the position of Physical Scientist with the Dept. of Defense, specifically the Army. In that capacity, he was instrumental in the evaluation of many geospatial mapping products used by the Army and providing recommendations on their use. His award-winning initiatives included the determination of Line-of-Sight (LOS) decay curves in various world vegetative biomes and the field validation of digital elevation data to support modeling and simulation.

Glen Harrison
(PhD in Geography, 1986)
Glen Harrison is currently retired and working on his USRowing certification to become a referee. After graduation from UT, he worked as a researcher in the Center for Transportation Analysis at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. At ORNL, he worked on transportation and supply chain projects for the Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, Agency for International Development, and World Bank. Glen has been a Fulbright Professor teaching geography in South Korea, a Senior Lecturer in GIS in New Zealand, and the Associate Director of the Transportation Research Center at the University of Kansas. He has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee in the Department of Geography and Department of Marketing and Supply Chain Management.

Dan C. Hawk , Jr.
(BA in Geography, 1983; MS in Geography 1986)
Mr. Hawk recently retired from the State of Tennessee after 27 years working the Department of Economic and Community Development in the areas of rural economic development, community planning and community development programs. His last position was State Director of Rural Economic Development, leading the state’s ECD programs and coordinating a multi department effort including Agriculture, Environment and Conservation, Workforce Development, Transportation and Tourist Development to improve rural economic opportunities.  Prior to that position, he administered several programs including energy development, flood plain management, downtown revitalization, retiree recruitment and community development.  Mr. Hawk served as the State Planning Director and worked in urban and regional planning throughout his career.  In retirement, he works with several small communities in the Knoxville area providing planning advice, occasionally instructing planning and economic development courses for UT MTAS, and volunteering with professional and regional planning organizations.

Kim Raia
(BA in Biology & Geography, MS in Geography, 2002)
Kim is an Environmental Consultant with County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS), an outreach program that is part of the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service.  She has been with the University since 2000 and consults with local governments in the eastern half of Tennessee on issues related to GIS and environmental compliance.  Kim is also involved with area non-profits including the Little River Watershed Association, Foothills Land Conservancy, the Solid Waste Association of North America and East Tennessee Quality Growth.

Saskia van de Gevel
(PhD in Geography, 2008)
Dr. Saskia van de Gevel is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Appalachian State University. She teaches courses in introductory and upper-level Physical Geography, Global Change of the Biosphere, and Study Abroad Courses (Costa Rica and Bavaria & Austria). Her research interests include endangered mountain forest ecosystems in eastern U.S. forests and high-elevation mountain ecosystems in the northern Rocky Mountains. She has been a member of the Program Committee for SEDAAG conferences and has served as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals related to Physical Geography and Biogeography.