Interim Program Director, Lecturer
Cassandra “Cassie” Hansen, PhD, is a lecturer and interim program director of the MS in Environmental Sciences and Policy as well as the Geographic Information Systems masters and certificate programs. Dr. Hansen has been teaching in the Higher Education realm for the last 12 years and has contributed to a wide variety of course development and field courses over these years. Her doctoral research, from the University of Nevada, Reno, focused on the numerical modeling of Atmospheric Rivers and Extreme Snowfall Events in Northern California.
Dr. Hansen obtained her MS and PhD in Geosciences emphasizing in Atmospheric Dynamics and Physical Geography from the University of Nevada, Reno. While at UNR she worked in the State of Nevada Climate Office where she conducted field research in remote regions of Nevada and participated in research at the Desert Research Institute. She completed her GIS certification and undergraduate degree at Humboldt State University where she found her true passion for Cartography and translating complicated information into cartographically pleasing visualization resources.
Hansen’s unique background in GIS for Emergency Management has taken her around the country helping with the collection of data and database schema for the creation of dynamic field maps used on wildfires for damage assessment. She currently teaches: AS.430.612 Cartographic Design and Visualization, 430.621 GIS for Emergency Management and 420.608 Oceanic & Atmospheric Processes. When she is not teaching, Dr. Hansen is out hiking, biking, skiing and fishing with her young family.