Sam Stehle (2013-2015)
PhD Student, Geography
- Currently: Geography
- BS, Geography, University of Utah
- Advisor: Donna Peuquet
Sam’s undergraduate work in the Geography Department at the University of Utah was based around geographic data and representation. He received certificates in Geographic Information Systems methods and Remote Sensing, while minoring in Computer Science. Since then he shifted to a focus of geographic computation. His research as a Masters student at Penn State has been aimed at analyzing patterns in spatio-temporal phenomenon. As a research assistant, he worked with Python and Java to design and implement methods to discover and visualize patterns in complex collections of spatio-temporal event data. In his Masters thesis, he developed an algorithm to quantify the fit of an expected pattern in a separate collection of observed events. He hopes to continue his study of spatio-temporal patterns as a PhD student with the goal of using them for forecasting and prediction in space and time. He looks forward to sharing with and learning from others in the BDSS IGERT, especially as he strives to integrate a more social emphasis on the constitution of patterns and using them to facilitate prediction.
Research Rotation (2013-2014): Anna Squicciarini (Information Sciences & Technology), Center for Cyber-Security, Information Privacy, and Trust, with primary focus on a project evaluating the trustworthiness of Twitter information for disaster management agencies.
Externship (Summer, 2014): Oak Ridge National Laboratory