GIS Professional Programs Director
Ian Muehlenhaus left his career as an Assistant Professor at James Madison University to become the Director of the new Masters in GIS and Online Map Programming team in July 2015.
His teaching and research background is in map design and GIS. He earned his M.S. in Geography at Penn State University in 2002 and his Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Minnesota in 2010.
Ian’s research on GIS and mapmaking has been published in a variety of journals, including:
- The Cartographic Journal,
- Cartography and Geographical Information Science (CaGIS),
- Cartographica, and
- Cartographic Perspectives
Ian also authored a textbook on web and mobile map design — Web Cartography: Map Design for Interactive and Mobile Devices. His goal was to write a book that was easy to read and not bogged down in overly technical terminology — a style you will find he mimics in his teaching approach.
As for outreach, Ian is currently the Vice-Chair of the International Cartographic Association’s Commission on Map Design. He is the Coordinator of the annual Cartography and GIS Map Competition (CaGIS), a Director of the same organization, an Editorial Board Member of Cartographic Perspectives, and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Maps.
Ian has worked as a consultant for the National Geographic Society and National Endowment for the Arts, and lectured on effective map design at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Ian loves spreading the word about GIS, mapping, and this program! If you would like to have Ian come speak to your group about UW-Madison’s Masters in GIS Programming, or conduct a webinar, please don’t hesitate to drop him a line.
More info can be found on his personal website: ian.muehlenhaus.com