Academic CV

University of Texas at El Paso

Ph.D. Candidate - (Jan. 2015 - Current)
Department of Geologic Sciences
Cyber-ShARE - Department of Geologic Sciences (Aug. 2014 - Dec. 2014) Science Technology Research and Development, with Deana D. Pennington, Ph.D.
  • Working with the iLink interdisciplinary group
  • Taught "Geologic Hazards" class for Upward Bound (July 13 - 19, 2015)
  • Geology Society of America Member
  • Honors Society
Graduate Student - Working on Master's of Science degree (Transferred to Ph.D. Program)
Advanced Applications of Mobile Computing, under the direction of Jose Hurtado Ph.D.
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR) (Aug. 2013 - Aug. 2014) University of Texas at El Paso
Bachelors of Science in Geology (2012)
Under Bridget Smith-Konter Ph.D.
  • Student Field Researcher: British Colombia and Barrow, Alaska.
  • Attended six presentations / conferences
  • Created three interactive Earth sciences exhibits with IRIS.
  • Geology Society of America Member.


  1. Houser, P., Smith-Konter, B., 2012, EarthScope Active Earth Kiosk Display Offers a Dynamic Digital Scientific Exhibit for Museums and Educational Centers, University of Texas at El Paso, Geological Sciences Colloquium, Program and Abstracts, Vol. 25.
  2. Houser, P., Hurtado, J., 2011, Advanced Applications of Mobile Computing and Augmented Reality for Field Geology, 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Year of the Solar System (LPSC-YSS).
  3. Houser, P., Hurtado, J., 2010, Advanced Applications of Mobile Computing and Augmented Reality for Field Geology, Geologic Society of America, v. 42, No. 5, p. 301.
  4. Houser, P., Smith-Konter, B., 2010, EarthScope Active Earth Kiosk Display Offers a Dynamic Digital Scientific Exhibit for Museums and Educational Centers. Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology.
  5. Houser, P., Smith-Konter, B, 2010, Customized Earthscope Active Earth Kiosk Display For museums And Educational Centers. University of Texas at El Paso, Geological Sciences Colloquium, v. 24, p 35.
  6. Houser, P., Smith-Konter, B. 2009, Shaping Education with Technology: EarthScope Active Earth Kiosk Creates an Interactive Medium for Exploring Dynamic Geological Settings, Geological Society of America. v. 41, p. 92.
  7. Smith-Konter, B. Houser, P., 2009, Communicating, Visualizing, and Publicizing EarthScope Data and Model Products using Active Earth Kiosks. Geological Society of America, v. 41, p. 598.


  1. Royo, M., Houser, P.I., Munoz, R., Estrada. E., Villanueva, N., Pennington, D., 2015, Towards Semantically Integrating Data to Enhance a Field Trip Experience, CAHSI.
  2. Goswami, S., Gamon, J. A., Houser, P., Matharasi, K., and Tweedie, C. E., 2007, Hyperspectral Study of the Arctic Tundra Ecosystem Using an Automated Robotic Cart System, American Geophysical Union.
  3. Goswami, S., Gamon, J. A., Houser, P., Matharasi, K., and Tweedie, C. E., 2007, Diurnal Variability of Reflectance Properties of Arctic Tundra Vegetation and its Effect on Computed, American Geophysical Union.

Relevant Course Work

* indicates class in-progress

Geology - Sciences:

Graduate level
  • Advance Spatial Analysis *
  • Geo-Computation *
  • Sustainable Socio-Environmental Systems
  • Scientific Writing
  • Advance GIS
  • Scientific Presentations
  • Computer Field Techniques
  • Scientific Drafting
  • Hydrogeology
  • Planetary Geology
Undergraduate level
  • Remote Sensing
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Thermal and Fluids (Physics III), Fields and Waves (Physics II), Mechanical (Physics I)
  • Geologic Field Camp
  • Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • Structural Geology
  • Mineralogy
  • Igneous and Petrology
  • Invertebrate Paleontology
  • Vulcanology
  • Weather & Climate
  • Chemistry I, Chemistry II
  • Biology
  • Geological Processes
  • Historical Geology
  • Research & Critical Writing

Computer Science:

Graduate level
  • Advance Database Systems *
  • Cyber-infrastructure Applications
Undergraduate classes:
  • Advance Micro Computing Operating Systems
  • Programming: C, C++, Java
  • Micro-computer Operating Systems
  • Visual Programming Applications (Visual Basic)
  • Introduction to UNIX
  • Introduction to Computer Programming
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Speed Data Entry
  • Professional private courses

Rio Grande Rift Map


Aug. 2014 – Current
Cyber-ShARE, Department of Geologic Sciences
University of Texas at El Paso
Graduate Student Research Assistant.
Ph.D. student with Dr. Deana D. Pennington, Science Technology research for geologic field mapping and user testing the Virtual Learning Commons (VLC) platform.
Aug. 2013 – Aug. 2014
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (cSETR)
University of Texas at El Paso
Graduate Student Research Assistant.
Master's student under the direction of Dr. Jose Hurtado.
Developing Augmented Reality for geologic field mapping.
Jan 2013 – June 2013
AGI Marketing Solutions
El Paso, TX
Project Manager.
Leadership role for a Website and media development company working on Client projects and satisfaction along with internal staff operations.
Aid with web development team and Service teams. Promoted from Web Developer (Feb 2013).
June 2009 – May 2012
Planetary Imaging and Science Lab
University of Texas at El Paso
Undergraduate Student Research Assistant.
Working with Dr. Bridget Smith-Konter.
Developing an interactive Apple kiosk displays at the UTEP Centennial Museum, and the Insights Museum, and Hueco Tanks State Park Visitor’s Center.
2002 – 2015

Piro Productions & ABCAP Exhibits
El Paso, TX
Webmaster & Layout and Graphic Designer for a series of historical exhibits and websites.

Batholiths Continental Dynamics Project

University of Texas at El Paso
Undergraduate Research Assistant.
Setup, deployment and recovery of seismic equipment in remote coastal mountains in British Columbia, Canada.
The Batholiths Onland Seismic Experiment funded by the National Science Foundation.
2009 – 2011

Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) El Paso, TX
Layout and Graphic Designer for a quarterly newsletter for Texas A&M University.
2007 (Summer)

Systems Ecology Laboratory (SEL)
University of Texas at El Paso
Undergraduate Student Researcher.
Under the direction of Dr. Craig Tweedie
Three-month long Arctic Systems Ecology research study in Barrow, Alaska. Using robotics and spectral data.
Created the Systems Ecology Lab website (and logo) & the UTEP International Polar Year - Research and Educational Opportunities in Antarctica for Minorities (IPY-ROAM) website. 2006 – 2007

 University Communications Department
University of Texas at El Paso
Part-time Staff with the University Communications Department
Maintained web sites, computers, printers, and support for special projects. Responsible for ordering, configuring severs, backups, file sharing, and inventory. Web sites include NOVA, Horizons, and Glory Road. Aided in Apple computer purchases and transition from a Windows environment.

2002 – 2003

 Student Activities Manager
El Paso Community College
Student Activities Manager for the El Paso Community College at the Northwest Campus. Responsible for issuing student identification cards and student involvement of events such as blood drives, festivals and other school related events.
2000 – 2002
VoiceStream / T-Mobile Wireless
Albuquerque, NM
Switch Technician II for a global GSM wireless provider at the Central Engineering Offices in Albuquerque, NM. Aided implementation and maintenance of wireless communication components; including voicemail, OC-48 to T-1 (and lower), analog and digital cross-connects, local and wide area networks via X.25, fiber-optics and Ethernet networks. Assistance with local and federal authorities. Promoted to Level II Switch Technician in 2001. Professional Courses: - Level 1 DACS (Digital Access Cross-Connect System) and Lab at Tellabs in Chicago, IL. -Nortel DMS 100 and Cisco Switches in Albuquerque. -Glenayre MVP Level 1 & 2 with lab (voice mail platform) in Atlanta, GA.



University of Texas at El Paso GIST Certificate (2017)

Mapping / Visualization Software:

Autodesk products (AutoCAD, ArcMap, ArcInfo, ArcView), 3D Studio

General Mapping Tools (GMT), ERSI, Google Earth Pro and Blender

Field Research:

Trimble D-GPS, Geo-phones, Spectrometer, Magnetic & Conductivity Surveys,

First-Aid / CPR, Alaska State Weapons Certification, and bear defense training.(2007)

Mapping, hiking, camping, climbing/bouldering, repelling, 4x4 off-road, snow-machines, ATVs, boating, and scuba diving experience.

I.T. Knowledge:

Apple Operating Systems, several Linux distributions, Sun Micro Systems,Microsoft Products (Windows, Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Servers (install, setup, maintained) : file, mail, backup, firewall, web, custom


Cisco, Novell, DMS 100, and DACCS 5500 Certification
Fiber Optics, T-3,T-1, X.25, POTS (plain old telephone services), and Ethernet

Graphic Design:

Adobe Products (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Indesign) / GIMP

Graphic Design & Layout, Color-Correcting

Web / Programming:

HTML, Java, Python (in progress), C++, Objective-C (New project)
Apache, LDAP, Plone, DNN and various other CMS
Postgresql, mySQL, Arduino (in progress)


Fluent in English and Spanish. Learning Japanese!

C, C++, Python, Java, HTML, CSS <!-- to various extents  (V)(;,,;)(V)

Leadership / Other:

UTEP Colloquium Committee Co-Chair - Spring 2015, Spring 2106

Founder (Vice-President): Student Applications of Technology in Science (UTEP RSO Club) - Spring 2015

El Paso Geological Society Member and webmaster (

Leave No Trace Certificate - Center for Outdoor Ethics - April, 21, 2014



University of Texas at El Paso       Mar. 2015 | Mar. 2016                                      El  Paso, TX

Geology Colloquium Committee: Setup and hosting of an annual research conference for the university.

El Paso High School                      Feb. 7, 2015                                                El Paso, TX

Science Fair Judge

Morehead Middle School               Jan. 29, 2015 & Jan. 23, 2014 El Paso, TX
Science Night Presentation: Hosted Earth Science exhibit
Bassett Middle School                   Dec.  20111, 2012                                        El Paso, TX
Science Fair Judge at Bassett Middle School for grade levels 6th - 8th grade.

El Paso Community College         Jun. 2012; Jan. – May 2011; Jun. 10, 09        El Paso, TX

Invited Guest Lecturer: Upward Bound Program: Introduction in Earth Sciences.

UTEP Geology Department          2015, 2011, 2009, 2014                       El Paso, TX

Assistant: Magnetic & conductivity surveys (NASA Astronaut - Reid Wiseman); Earth Science Week; Colloquium Committee Co-Chair &  Volunteer.

Bassett Middle School                  Dec. 8, 2011,  Dec. 13, 2012                       El Paso, TX

Science Fair Judge at Bassett Middle School for grade levels 6th - 8th grade.

COR Bouldering Festival              Oct.31, 2008 & 2011                            City of Rocks, NM

Host and guide for the City of Rocks New Mexico rock climbing festival.

XII Travelers Memorial                1993 – Current                                               El Paso, TX

Assistant. Print media productions.

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