Highlights & Reminders

The faculty in Geography-Earth Science wish all of you a productive and safe fall!  For those of you working at your internships, keep up the hard work. Make us proud!  When you get a chance, share some photos with the department Facebook page and let us know what you are up to. Click here https://www.facebook.com


2015 Department Photo Contest: 

Don't forget, each fall we will run our student-faculty-alumni photo contest!  So get some great shots this summer.  Be thinking about all those awesome Geo/ESS themes!

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Geography & Earth Science Department
104 Shearer Hall
1871 Old Main Dr.
Shippensburg, PA 17257

Phone: 717-477-1685
Fax: 717-477-4029
Email: geog@ship.edu

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Beck Faculty ImageSteve Beck

Adjunct Instructor
Office: 101 Shearer Hall
Phone: 717-477-1509
Email: shbeck@ship.edu


BA – Urban Studies, Shippensburg University (1975)
MA – Geography and Environmental Planning, Towson University (1983)


   I am currently a Senior Associate and Project Manager with the JMT Technology Group, an operating division of Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson, Inc., a consulting firm headquartered in Sparks (Baltimore County) Maryland.   In my current position, I am responsible for all aspects of project management related to the application of geospatial and related technologies in developing and delivering solutions to our clients.  My duties include project scope and budget formulation and management, technical supervision and oversight, client relations, and product quality and delivery. 

   Prior to my current position, I spent over 15 years as a manager and analyst, providing geographic information systems (GIS) consulting services to a variety of public and private organizations.  Some sample projects include: the design, development and implementation of a water and wastewater GIS for the City of Baltimore Department of Public Works; the development of a regional transportation GIS data model for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission which was recognized through an award from the Consulting Engineering Council; and the utilization of GIS to assess and quantify environmental impacts of major transportation projects including highway expansion and realignments and, specifically, a study identifying suitable corridors for a Magnetic Levitation (MAGLEV) train connecting the cities of Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

   I see my role as an adjunct instructor in GIS as an opportunity to not only teach the application, concepts, and tools of GIS, but to also share the many “real-life” lessons I have a learned in the nearly 20 years that I have been working in the GIS field.

Professional Interests

  • The integration of GIS with Business Intelligence (BI) software to increase the productivity and efficiency of public sector organizations
  • The integration of GIS with Enterprise Content Management (ECM)systems to improve the quality of customer service provided by public sector organizations


GEO 202 - GIS I: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems