ISU GIS Support and Research Facility joins College of Design


AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility, a public computing facility that provides high-level GIS research, education and outreach to the university community and the state of Iowa, is now a part of the ISU College of Design.

Formerly a unit of Iowa State's information technology services department, the facility includes a research laboratory in room 218 Durham Hall and a teaching lab in 248 Durham. Both labs will remain in those locations. The facility will continue its longstanding support of the university's GIS research and teaching missions as well as outreach to the state of Iowa. GIS Analyst and Lab Manager Robin McNeely will manage the facility’s daily operations in Durham.

"The GIS Support and Research Facility is a vital university resource that I expect will be a catalyst for new partnerships between our College of Design faculty and scholars throughout the university with similar goals," said Design Dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez.

"Many of our design disciplines integrate GIS research, education and outreach, and we do a great deal of extension work with Iowa communities involving GIS services," he said. "Given the strong history of collaboration between the College of Design and ISU Extension and Outreach, it makes sense to expand that collaboration to include the GIS Facility."

GIS Facility Director Kevin Kane also has been appointed interim director of research for the College of Design and associate director of the Institute for Design Research and Outreach.

"As the director of the ISU GIS Facility, Kevin has a great deal of experience in securing external funding to support faculty research," Rico-Gutierrez said. "In his new roles for the College of Design, he will provide research administration and support for our faculty, staff and students and help us identify and pursue external resources for research."

Kane has been director of the ISU GIS Facility and an adjunct assistant professor of landscape architecture since 1997. He has coordinated GIS research and instruction with colleges and departments; developed programs to help faculty, staff and students understand and use GIS; prepared and administered contracts for GIS work throughout the university, the state, and nationally; managed the ISU GIS data and software libraries and provided technical assistance and training to ISU GIS users and public agencies.

Kane also mentors graduate students working with natural resources and GIS in their degree programs and in the university's GIS certificate program, which is administered by the community and regional planning department in the College of Design.

Kane received bachelor's degrees in landscape architecture and physical education/leisure studies in 1982, a master of landscape architecture in 1986 and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies in 2007, all from Iowa State. He represents ISU and the state of Iowa on the Iowa Geographic Information Council and the MidAmerica Geographic Information Consortium.

Luis Rico-Gutierrez, Design Administration, (515) 294-7428,
Kevin Kane, ISU GIS Support and Research Facility/Design Administration, (515) 294-0526,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,