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People and Facilities



Kelley O'Neal

Kelley O'Neal, Ph.D.

Geospatial Scientist
4120A McKeldin Library

Kelley holds a Ph.D. in Geographical Sciences from the University of Maryland. She has 17 years of experience using GIS and Remote Sensing in academic, federal, and private industry settings, including agricultural, ecological, fire, carbon monitoring, and defense applications.


Julia Bell

Julia Bell

Workshop Program Manager & Geospatial Project Coordinator
4118 McKeldin Library

Julia is a Masters Student in the Geographical Sciences Department. Julia is familiar with Python, R, and the ArcGIS Platform.

Caitlin Burke

Caitlin Burke

Geospatial Project Manager
4118 McKeldin Library

Caitlin is a graduate student in the Masters of Professional Studies GIS program at UMD. She earned her BS in GIS and Art also from UMD. She has software experience in ArcGIS and Adobe Creative Cloud. She is interested in combining her artistic and technical skills in order to work in cartography.

Jim Nealis

Jim Nealis

Maps Specialist
4118 McKeldin Library

Jim holds a B.S. in Geographical Sciences from the University of Maryland. He completed his career at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) and now splits his time between the University of Maryland and the U.S. Census Bureau managing map collections.

Danadaree Rajapakshe

Danadaree Rajapakshe

Geospatial Specialist
4118 McKeldin Library

Danadaree is a student at the University of Maryland majoring in Geographical Sciences with a concentration in GIS and Cartography. She worked as a Cartographic Draughtsman for 24 years at the Survey Department in Sri Lanka. She has an Applied Geography Associate Degree, GIS & Cartography and Geography Education Certificates from Montgomery College. She looks forward to applying and improving her Cartography knowledge with new technologies. She is interested in Cartography, GIS, Remote Sensing, and Physical Geography.


Alex Keller

Alexander Keller

Geospatial Intern
4118 McKeldin Library

Alex is a senior GIS and Computer Cartography major. He is skilled in Python, R, Java, C, ArcPy, Anaconda, ArcGIS pro, and ENVI. He is interested in improving his skills in raster datasets and other GIS work, and plans to work either for the government or a private company.

GIS and Spatial Data Computing Lab

Computer Lab

GIS events are held in McKeldin 4120 located on the 4th floor of McKeldin Library. The laboratory can host up to 12 individuals.

Hardware & Software


The GIS Laboratory in McKeldin 4120 was recently updated in 2018 with Dell OptiPlex machines featuring 16 GB memory. All computers have the following software packages:

  • ArcGIS 10.5 (GIS)
  • ArcGIS Pro (GIS)
  • ENVI 5.4 (Image Processing)
  • MATLAB R2016b (Math/Algorithms)
  • QGIS 2.18.11(Open GIS)
  • Anaconda/Python 2.7 and 3.4 (Data Science)
  • SPSS 24 (Statistics)
  • SAS 9.4 (Statistics)
  • RStudio 3.4.1 (Statistics/Data Science)
  • Google Earth Pro (Geo Data Viz)
  • Weka 3.8 (Data Science)
  • Gephi 0.9.2 (Data Viz)
  • Tableau Public 10.4 (Data Viz)
  • GDAL 201 (Geo Data Science)