Category: Staff Directory

Shirley Baros

Director & Geospatial Program Manager

Shirley Baros

Email Link sbaros@edac.unm.edu
Telephone Number(505) 277-3622 x237

Shirley V. Baros, GISP is the EDAC Director and has served as the Geospatial Program Manager for the Earth Data Analysis Center since 1990. She is responsible for project implementation, management and development. During Ms Baros’ twenty-five year tenure with the EDAC GIS Program she has been involved in collaborative projects with a wide-variety of clients ranging from local to international programs. Recent projects include geospatial analysis mapping for the New Mexico Department of Information Technology, the Department of Health, New Mexico Minerals and Natural Resources Forestry Division, US Bureau of Census, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Native Diabetes Wellness Program, National Science Foundation (EPSCoR) and multiple NASA funded projects.

Ms. Baros’ research interests include relational database development, data mining and integration of spatial and non-spatial data, the application of computer-intensive methods to large geospatial data analysis problems, and web-based mapping and data delivery systems.

Brian Keller

GIT Manager

Email Link bkeller@edac.unm.edu
Telephone Number(505) 277-3622 x228

Brian Keller received his Bachelors of Science in Geography in 2009 from Eastern Michigan University. He is responsible for GIS project implementation, management and development at EDAC. For the past 8 years he has been involved in a wide array of projects ranging from EPA emergency response mapping, FEMA hazard mitigation, database and server management, application development, and floodplain management. Mr. Keller is a current board member of the New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC).

Laura Gleasner

Clearinghouse Manager

Email Link lgleasner@edac.unm.edu
Telephone Number (505) 277-3622 x230

Laura Gleasner received a Bachelor of University Studies (BUS) with a focus in Geography at the University of New Mexico in 2000. She joined the EDAC staff in 1988 as an assistant to the Senior Accountant. Laura began working with EDAC’s Clearinghouse Services in June of 1992. Laura is experienced in designing search strategies for geographic data including satellite data and aerial photography. Laura manages EDAC’s historic aerial photo archive of over 200,000 photos and GIS data delivery. She also works with ArcGIS and ERDAS to provide products for clients. Laura is a member of the New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC) and the New Mexico Library Association (NMLA).

Harrison Meyer

Systems/Network Analyst

Email Link hmeyer@edac.unm.edu
Telephone Number (505) 277-3622 x248

Hays Barrett

Programmer Analyst 3

Email Link hbarrett@edac.unm.edu
Telephone Number (505) 277-3622 x249

Hays Barrett has been employed at EDAC since 2013. He has a B.A. in Management Information Systems from the University of New Mexico.

Paul Neville

GIS Specialist/Programmer

Email Link pneville@edac.unm.edu
Telephone Number (505) 277-3622 x244

Paul Neville received a Bachelors of Science in Geology from the University of Texas and a Masters of Arts in Geography from the University of New Mexico. He came to EDAC as a student in 1990 where he worked in the Image Processing Services. He became a part of the EDAC staff in February 1993. Paul has worked with data from a number of satellite and aerial platforms. He has worked on a variety of remote sensing studies including those involving general geologic mapping, mineral exploration, structural interpretation, vegetation surveys and land use analysis. A key interest of his is the integration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems technology into the applications. He is familiar with a number of different image processing packages, but he works with ERDAS regularly as well as the ESRI® ArcGIS Desktop and Server software.

Sandeep Talasila

GIS Specialist/Programmer

Email Link sandeep@edac.unm.edu
Telephone Number (505) 277-3622 x250

Sandeep Talasila has been a GIS Specialist/Programmer at the Earth Data Analysis Center at the University of New Mexico since 2009. He is a certified GIS Professional (GISP). He completed his Masters in Engineering Science from Louisiana State University and Bachelors in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India. At EDAC he works on a wide variety of projects including the development of web-mapping applications. He has experience working on different software technologies including ESRI® ArcGIS Desktop and Server, ArcGIS Web APIs – Flex & JavaScript, Intergraph® Geomedia, ERDAS Imagine, XML and HTML. Mr. Talasila is a member of New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC).

Sandra Mentz

Accountant

Email Link smentz@edac.unm.edu
Telephone Number (505) 277-3622 x241

Sandra Mentz has more than 19 years accounting experience. She has been an accountant at the Earth Data Analysis Center for the past thirteen years. Previously she worked at the First National Bank in the Trust Operations Department. Sandra is responsible for reimbursements and assists EDAC in development and management of budgets.

Shawn Penman

GIS Specialist/Programmer

Shawn Penman

Email Link spenman@edac.unm.edu
Telephone Number (505) 277-3622 x227

Dr. Shawn Penman is a GIS Specialist/Programmer at the Earth Data Analysis Center at the University of New Mexico. She came to EDAC as a student and became a part of the EDAC Staff in 2002. Dr. Penman has 20 years of GIS experience and is a certified GIS Professional (GISP) and a Flood Plain Manager (CFM). Dr. Penman received her PhD in Anthropology from University of New Mexico in 2002. Her project experience includes GIS applications for Emergency Management, Wildland fire mapping, and interactive web mapping. She has worked with different software technologies such as ESRI® ArcGIS Desktop and Server, ArcGIS Web APIs – Flex, Silverlight, FEMA Hazus, and ERDAS Imagine. Recently, Dr. Penman has taught GIS in the UNM Geography department as well as for the NMSU NM EDGE Program. She is a member of New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC). And currently serves as Secretary for the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association.

Su Zhang

Senior Research Engineer

Email Link szhang@edac.unm.edu
Telephone Number (505) 277-3622 x243

Dr. Su Zhang is a Senior Research Engineer at the Earth Data Analysis Center (EDAC) at the University of New Mexico. He joined EDAC as a graduate student and became a part of the EDAC Staff in 2017. Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico in 2017. He also has Master’s Degrees in GIScience and Construction Management. His research focuses on leveraging GIS, remote sensing, and drone technologies for infrastructure management and he has many peer-reviewed publications in this field. His project experience includes GIS/Remote Sensing applications for Geomasking, Transportation Infrastructure Condition Assessment, Emergency Management, and Web Mapping. He is experienced with many software packages include ArcGIS, QGIS, ERDAS Imaging, ENVI, IDRISI, GXP SOCET, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Stata, SPSS, QT Modeler, Agisoft Photoscan, Pix4D Mapper, and Menci APS. Dr. Zhang is a member of New Mexico Geographic Information Council (NMGIC). He is also a committee member of the U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB).