Tim Mulrooney is originally from Port Murray, New Jersey. He is a 1995 graduate of Columbia University in New York City, where he was a member of the wrestling team. After graduating from Columbia, he taught at the John Carroll School, a coeducational private high school in Bel Air, Maryland. While teaching at John Carroll, he earned his Master's degree in Computer Science at Loyola College in Baltimore. Those studies, combined with his teaching earth science, elicited an interest in the burgeoning discipline of GIS and Remote Sensing. He entered the geography graduate program at the University of Idaho in 1999.
Much of his studies at the University of Idaho revolved around cartography, GIS and Remote Sensing technology and the programming languages to help automate digital map creation. He also taught at the Potlatch Jr-Sr High School while finishing up his thesis during the 2001- 2002 school year. In addition to his teaching duties at Potlatch, he also served as an assistant wrestling coach and head track and field coach.
In September of 2002, he began work with the Army at Fort A.P. Hill. The goal of the Sustainable Range Program (SRP) office was to create mapping products and perform spatial analysis so the military could train in an environmentally, fiscally and socially responsible manner. In addition to his mapping duties, he gave a variety of GIS technical workshops and talks about the increasingly popular field of GIS, its applications and future use as it applies to the military. He also served as an adjunct instructor in the geography department at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He moved to North Carolina to attend the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2007.
At UNCG, his PhD dissertation focus was on using open source programming and data mining techniques to assess GIS metadata integrity for large spatial databases. In his work experience, he had seen an increasing schism between the rate at which data are created and the rate at which data are cataloged. Given that each metadata file contains more than 400 individual elements, efficiently extracting information from this metadata is an impossibility and little research has been done in the science of metadata and automating metadata. His research explored methodology within the open source environment in which data can be turned into information that inevitably supports the decision-making process.
Before his appointment at NCCU, he did GIS research at the Center for Community Safety at Winston-Salem State University. In this position, he used maps and spatial analysis to assess quality of life issues such as crime analysis, re-entry mapping, environmental justice and issues related to education.
He has a vested interest in all forms of GIS, including GIS metadata standards, GIS education and subject areas in which GIS can be implemented at the college and high school level. Whether we realize it or not, we all use GIS in some form or another on a daily basis. Every phenomena has a spatial component and the democratization of GIS software and data can aid in a variety of different disciplines and communities within our city. He sees GIS as a powerful tool to bridge social science research with STEM disciplines and feels that GIS is an effective technical skill that can set job applicants apart from those who do not have these skills.
Outside of school, he enjoys traveling. A couple of his favorite places are Moab, Mt. Rainier, Isle Royale, the Caribbean and Italy. He competes in marathons and triathlons. He has run the New York City Marathon three times, set his PR (personal record) at the 2012 Ridge to Bridge Marathon in Morganton, NC.