Geospatial Science Faculty Spotlight
Allen D. Roberts
Dr. Allen Roberts is the Program Director for the B.S. Degree in Geospatial Sciences and Associate Professor of Geospatial Sciences and Geography. He has over 20 years of research and applied experience within the engineering; hydrological; geospatial; and environmental fields that span the academic, non-profit, federal government, and private sectors.
Since 2005, he has instructed numerous courses in geospatial sciences, meteorology, environmental science, and renewable energy. From 2014 to 2018, his research activities involved the interlinkage of engineering with hydrology and how relevant landscape-based geospatial information can be utilized to unearth new correlations between these disciplines.
In October 2018, Dr. Roberts was chosen as an NSF Workshop Fellow for the 1st National Community Geography Workshop in Atlanta, Georgia in January 2019. The workshop focused on bringing together academic researchers and community leaders interested in using geographic/GIS research for community development, social justice, and environmental sustainability within an engineered world.
Dr. Roberts completed his Ph.D. in Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland. He also completed his M.S. in Geography (Hydroclimate Focus) from the University of Delaware in 2000 and his B.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1997.
Daniel Branham is a licensed land surveyor in the State of Georgia. Licensed since 1990, he has taught surveying and mapping courses at KSU since 2002. As faculty advisor for the Student Surveying and Mapping Competition Team, Mr. Branham leads KSU students in national competitions. He received his B.S. in Surveying and Mapping from West Virginia Tech in 1984 and an M.S. in Construction Management from Kennesaw State University in 2019.
Patrick Devereux has been a part-time facility member at KSU since 2019. After receiving both a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech, he spent 11 years working for an engineering firm, and has worked to earn his Professional Engineer (PE) license. Since 2017, Mr. Devereux has been in charge of a local land surveying company and he has recently attained his Registered Land Surveyor (RLS) license. Patrick brings his rich and continuing experience in the construction industry to the classroom and uses a "hands on" perspective.
Dr. Reza Shirazinejad is a full-time lecturer at KSU and has been working here since December 2018. Prior to joining KSU, Reza earned a doctoral degree from Kansas State University and then was an assistant professor at Bridge Valley College in West Virginia. At KSU he teaches Surveying, AutoCAD, Static, Engineering Problem Solving, and Fluid Mechanics. His main research areas are traffic safety and transportation engineering. Originally from Iran, Dr. Shirazinejab's main hobby is playing and singing a form of Persian music called “Tombak”. He performed in talent shows several times at Kansas State University and was awarded third place for his performance in 2016.
Matt Wilson is a Registered Land Surveyor (GA) and Professor of Geospatial Sciences. Matt holds an undergraduate in Civil Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University and an M.S. in Surveying and Mapping from the University of Florida. He started teaching at SPSU in 1995 in the Civil Engineering Technology Department and joined the faculty at KSU when the two universities were consolidated. He teaches upper-level surveying classes and advises students on registration for land surveying. His specialty is boundary surveys and serving as an expert witness in related matters. He has a penchant for most things cycling, running, the Gulf Coast and cookies.