Gary has his degree in Cartography from Northern Illinois University and 27 years of cartographic experience in the USGS. His specialties include cartographic design and communication, digital application design, and implementation of cloud infrastructures for geospatial applications. In addition WIM, Gary serves on the staff of the Information and Technology Management Director for the Department of the Interior, leading and assisting in special projects for the Department. Outside of work Gary enjoys golfing, writing music and making unique cocktails with his wife in their home lounge.
Bruce began as a traditional cartographer working on the USGS Ground Water Atlas of the United States. He considers himself fortunate that he was able to experience both the traditional methods of map making (scribing and darkrooms) and modern GIS and digital mapping. He is currently the administrative and operations coordinator for WIM. Bruce enjoys many outside activities including being a volunteer firefighter, volunteer ski patroller, SCUBA diver, wilderness camper, cyclist, and many other outdoor activities.
Hans got his start as a CH-53 Super Stallion Helicopter Crew Chief from the USMC, callsign: 'Wedgie.' He turned ITIL disciple at the UW-Madison Division of Information Technology (DoIT) while earning a BS in Computer Engineering and Computer Science. After a 8 years at DoIT wearing Configuration, Incident, and Change Management hats, Hans moved to USGS-WIM to head up Project Management duties and earned a PMP certification. Hans currently spends most of his day coordinating a highly skilled and motivated team of developers, doing his best not to slow them down too much. Outside of work, Hans enjoys a good game of ultimate, hiking, camping and the occasional novel.
Nick is a senior developer with WIM. He received his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 2001. His work with the USGS was initially focused on publishing, but has since developed an interest in and a knack for developing mapping applications and optimizing GIS services used by those applications. While most of his free time is spent with his family, he finds time here and there to write and record music.
Katrin has a BA in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. While going to school there, she began an internship with the USGS in Mounds View, MN performing GIS and database work, which eventually led her to WIM. She's always had a passion for maps - they're all over her home. Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering, playing with her puppy, reading, and hosting small get-togethers at her home.
Daniel Beckman is a career intern at the USGS. He holds a bachelors degree from the University of Colorado in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and minors in Chemistry and Computer Science. He currently attends Graduate school at the University of Colorado School of Engineering and Applied Science where he studies Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Daniel is a combat Veteran and former paratrooper with Special Forces. He has worked in data for almost two decades in a variety of fields including, counterintelligence, research & development, forensic chemistry, and genomics. Daniel joined the USGS in 2017 and WIM in 2018. Currently, he works in cloud integration. He and his wife Sarah live in Colorado with their two dogs and cat. They enjoy climbing, hiking 14ers, craft IPAs, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and paddle boarding.
Veni Kunche is a senior software developer residing in Northern Virginia. She has over 10 years of experience in software and web development, and has worked in several industries such as financial, governmental, and bio-medical. She loves to travel with friends and explore new cuisines.
Erik is a software developer for WIM. He earned bachelor's degrees in geography and Asian studies from Augustana College in Illinois, and a master's degree in geography from Ohio University. He also holds a GIS Certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In addition to Erik's work developing web applications for WIM, his major areas of interest are cartographic and user experience design. Erik enjoys travel, photography, and outdoor sports. In his free time, he can usually be found rock climbing, skiing, cycling, canoeing, or kayak touring.
Lauren is a software developer with WIM. She received her B.S in Geographic Science from James Madison University. While she enjoys work centered around GIS and cartography, her interests have expanded into the world of open source internet mapping. She currently resides in Northern Virginia and is working out of USGS HQ in Reston. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys snowboarding and ultimate frisbee.
Mitch is currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he will earn his bachelor's degree in computer science with certificates in entrepreneurship and German. He is a front end developer desigining WIM and other websites. Outside of work and school, he enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and hiking.
Marty is a software developer with WIM. He received his M.A. in geography from the University of Connecticut. While his work with the USGS initially centered around GIS and Cartography, his main focus now is internet mapping, and he is committed to improving the mapping presence of the USGS. Within the internet mapping application realm, he is primarily focused on open-source solutions. Most of his free time is spent with his family and german shorthair, or with a chainsaw.
Aaron Stephenson is a full stack developer and solutions architect at WIM, but essentially he is their jack-of-all-trades. He has a decade of experience in system administration, database administration, information management, systems analysis, as well as back end and front end development, almost all of which have been in support of GIS data, services, and applications. Currently, most of his time is engaged in supporting WIM's migration to a service-oriented architecture and cloud computing. In his free time, Aaron loves reading, getting outdoors to hike and canoe, and attempting to become a decent cook.