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Professional Science Master's in Water Resource Management

The Master of Science in Water Resource Management has received WASC approval for a launch in the spring of 2014.

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Dr. Kathy Moffitt

Dr. Kathy MoffittKathy Moffitt is Associate Dean of the Craig School of Business and Professor of Computer Information Systems at California State University, Fresno, where she has taught since 1990. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems (Business Administration) from Arizona State University, a Master's in Cultural Resource Management (Anthropology) from the University of Arizona, and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology from the University of Colorado.

She has extensive work experience in natural and cultural resource management with the National Park Service and the US Forest Service, where she served on the planning teams for Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings national parks and worked extensively on hydroelectric licensing and relicensing projects. It was this experience and her computer background that led to her interest in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). From 1999 to 2001, in addition to her teaching duties, Kathy developed the Interdisciplinary Spatial Information Systems (ISIS) Center while on special assignment to the Provost at Fresno State. After hiring qualified staff, she stepped down as director to become associate director and return to the classroom. She continues to teach Database and be active in GIS during her appointment as Associate Dean.

Dr. Zhi (Luke) Wang

Dr. Zhi (Luke) WangDr. Zhi (Luke) Wang is an Associate Professor of Hydrology and Soil Physics at California State University, Fresno in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and is the Coordinator of this GIS Certificate Program. Dr. Wang learned GIS in the 1990s and has been teaching the subject on campus since 2002. His PhD dissertation and many of his research involved many of the GIS applications, especially the 3-D, surface and geostatistical analyses. Dr. Wang participated in many ESRI user conferences, hands-on training sessions and user-model collaborations,  and presented as a speaker in several of California’s local GIS meetings. His GIS analysis maps on the Fresno River Monitoring project were adopted by the Madera County Library for display to the public.

Dr. Wang teaches courses in Hydrology, Hydrogeology, GIS, Geostatistics, Soil and Environmental Sciences. He has many   publications in Water Resources Research, Journal of Hydrology, and other peer-reviewed journals.  Dr. Wang received his BS and MS degrees in civil engineering in China, his PhD degree in hydrology from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and his post-doctoral fellowship from the University of California, Riverside. His research on watershed hydrology and environmental hydrogeology has been funded by the US Natural Science Foundation, US Department of Defense, California EPA and California Department of Water Resources.

Dr. Xiaoming Yang

Dr. Xiaoming YangDr. Xiaoming Yang is a Senior Analyst and the interim director of the Geo-spatial Information Center at the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno. He has more than twenty-three years of experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing (RS) and softcopy photogrammetry, and global positioning systems (GPS). Over the last ten years, Dr. Yang has been involved in more than one hundred different projects that have applied GIS, RS, and GPS technologies to areas ranging from health and human policy analyses, emergency response analysis and modeling, emergency management resource allocation, facility infrastructure inventory, land-use planning, and internet/web based citizen information system development, to county crop mapping, regional water planning, groundwater level and groundwater quality spatial modeling, groundwater rechargeable area mapping, and urban ecology analysis. In addition to the spectrum of GIS, RS, and GPS project achievements, Dr. Yang has taught GIS, geo-processing, remote sensing, and GPS courses at different universities at graduate and undergraduate levels.

Dr. Yang received his undergraduate degree in forestry from China. He studied Biometrics, GIS and spatial analysis at the Department of Forest and Natural Resource Management and received his MS and PhD from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.