Michael Thomas


Mike Thomas has been with the Federal Government in some capacity in the technical and intelligence analysis field for the past 30 years. His current responsibilities include designing and implementing intelligence based networks for various DoD users on behalf of SPAWAR LANT. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the State of New York, a Master of Arts degree in Mathematics & Statistics from the University of West Florida, a Master's of Science in Military Arts and Sciences from the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), a Master's in Strategic Studies from the Air War College and lastly, finished a Doctorate in Information Systems while stationed at Georgia Tech. His military education includes completion of the Army Signal Officers Basic Course at Ft. Gordon, Ga, the Basic Communications Officers Course at Keesler AFB, MS, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College (AWC) at Maxwell AFB where he won the 2008 8th AF Award in Cyberspace Research. His specialty is how data analysis can be used as a method for evaluating geospatial intelligence. Many data sources not commonly thought of as having a "geo" context actually do have a "geo" reference on closer inspection.

Course Spotlight

pile of maps

Cartography and Visualization (GEOG 486) covers design principles and techniques for creating maps with contemporary mapping tools. Students will be introduced to future-focused application topics such as augmented and virtual reality, mapping with multivariate glyphs, the visual depiction of uncertainty, interactive geovisualization, and (geo)visual analytics, and decision-making with maps and mapping products. Visit the course.

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Maria Wherley

Maria Scalzi Wherley (she, her) is a Learning Designer and Writer-in-Residence with the John A. Dutton e-Education Institute at Penn State. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience. Learn more about Maria to see what she has to say about online education.