Meet the Faculty
Ryan Taylor is an associate professor of environmental studies in the School of Natural and Social Sciences at Purchase College. He has more than 18 years of professional experience applying GIS technologies to environmental and natural resource management decisions. He also has been teaching upper-level required and elective courses in GIS for undergraduates for more than seven years. He holds a BS from Mount Vernon Nazarene College, an MA from the University of Illinois, and a PhD from Oregon State University.
Sam Wear, assistant CIO of Westchester County Geographic Information Systems, has managed and led the development of the program since 1988. He works extensively with municipal governments throughout the county in building local GIS capacity. His experience also includes a four-year IPA detail with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Geospatial Program in Reston, Virginia. He is two-time president of the Northeast Arc Users Group and founder of the New York State GIS Association. Wear earned his BS at the University of Idaho and his MS at the University of Vermont.