Dr. Steven B. McKinney
Founder and CEO
- Florence, Alabama, USA
Taught graduate courses in "GIS & Environmental Management Issues" and undergraduate courses in "Remote Sensing" and "Applied GIS"
Steve McKinney, PhD is the President of Spatial Information & Computing Systems Consultants, LLC (known as SICS Consultants, LLC). He began the company in 1998 as a part-time venture and committed himself to full time to the venture in late 2005. Dr. McKinney spent 12 years in the Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area where he worked extensively in the creation of many municipal geographic information systems (GIS), environmental management programs, network infrastructure programs, hazard mitigation systems, environmental planning and modeling systems, and various other engineering and information technology projects. Dr. McKinney currently resides in Florence, Alabama with his wife, Lee Ann, and son, Alex.
Dr. McKinney received a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental geographic information science in 1997, and a Master of Science degree in environmental management in 1999 from Samford University. He completed his Doctorate in environmental health engineering at the University of Alabama, Birmingham in 2009. In addition, McKinney has had extensive professional training in computer languages and technical programs.
He served as an Adjunct Professor at Samford University for graduate studies in environmental management and geography where he taught Advanced GIS, Remote Sensing, and GIS in Environmental Management from 1999 to 2006. He is currently as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of North Alabama teaching physical geography, GIS field methods, and advanced GIS.Dr. McKinney has served as principal investigator, technical coordinator and GIS specialist for several grants including the EPSCOR Project with NASA in 1995; the “Wildlife Corridor Mapping Project” in Tsavo, Kenya, Africa with Samford University in 2000; and the State of the Urban Forest with USFS in 2001.
He is a member of many professional organizations, and serves the Alabama Geographic Information Council (AGIC) as a Technical Subcommittee Member and served as the President for the URISA Alabama Chapter. In addition to Dr. McKinney’s many pursuits, he was listed as one of Birmingham’s “Top 40 Under 40” business people in 2005. He was awarded by ESRI “Vision in GIS” award in 2008 and the “Special Achievement in GIS” award in 2009.