Brian Hilton – Clinical Assistant Professor
Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
I’ve always been interested in building – whether as a young boy building model airplanes or as an adult during my original career in the construction industry. I enjoy the process of creating practical artifacts. However, I began to realize that what seemed rather easy and intuitive to me – building systems, whether actual physical systems or information technology systems – was not necessarily easy or intuitive for most people. This realization has informed my research and development and teaching goals.
On the research and development side, I’ve been involved in many projects over the past decade. Many, but not all, of these projects have involved the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) technologies – my main research focus area. Specifically, I’m interested in spatial information system development and the use of emerging technologies in information system development.
On the teaching side, I developed and implemented the GIS Solution Development specialization within the MSIST degree at CISAT. This specialization is designed to meet the educational needs of people who want careers developing transformative GIS solutions for organizations. The specialization is technical in its focus and is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to create these applications. Recently, we initiated the Advanced GIS Lab at CISAT. The Lab draws on t he strengths of our existing efforts in GIS. It is my expectation and hope that the Lab will spark the same interest in building artifacts that I have in others and will help to support their educational journey.
Dr. Hilton's CV