Humans of SAL

SAL Staff & Steering Committee

The SAL is under-staffed by a full-time by a Director, and a Spatial Data Specialist.  One saving grace is our SAL Associates — skilled and talented students who share our interest and enthusiasm for all things spatial (especially maps).

The SAL Steering Committee informs and guides the development and advancement of spatial analysis capacities that align and support the educational and curricular priorities of the college. With at least one representative from each academic division, they advise the SAL Director and staff to enable broad application of spatial technologies to support the college’s diverse scholarship.

Fish Fischer '23, SAL Associate


Ari Cross '24, SAL Associate

I'm Ari! A junior at Smith from Milwaukee Wisconsin. I'm double majoring in Statistical and Data Sciences and Psychology. I first became interested in GIS when I made my first map in my introduction to data science class. I then was able to deepen my understanding of GIS this past summer in the Division of Data Surveillance and Informatics within the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Comprehensive Injury Center! The projects I worked on that summer were related to injury prevention and spatial indicators of health.

Mags McLaughlin '25 SAL Associate & Drone Thinkier


Kala'i Ellis, Spatial Data Specialist


Jon Caris, Director (on good days)


SAL Composition Over Time