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Three Scale Research, Inc.
We are a public resource for Ohio businesses and the Ohio community. The economy of Ohio is the result of billions of business interactions occurring at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Our objective is to help improve the Ohio economy by conducting intensive research on major economic drivers. We have gathered a variety of economic, demographic, and other spatial data that we use to make a variety of maps for the Ohio community. Our goal is to conduct research that provides effective, efficient & innovative insight.
Our research is currently funded through Three Scale Strategy, LLC.
Our Board Members
Ron McChesney - Founding Member
Hometown? Born in Passaic, New Jersey, but grew up in Golden, Colorado.
Undergraduate background? B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado, 1985.
Graduate background? M.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire, 1995; PhD in Geography from The Ohio State University, 2008.
Hobbies or special interests? I like researching all types of topics, and I like to travel.
Interesting fact about yourself? I'm allergic to bananas.
Research interests? Economic growth, transportation, land use and land cover change, population, and scenario modeling.
Ron is a geographer whose research interests are varied but include economic development, transportation systems, population dynamics, land use and land cover change, open space preservation, and energy production. He is currently the owner of Three Scale Strategy and founder of Three Scale Research. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Security and Asset Management, a security company based in Sacramento, California, where he previously was a manager and CFO from 1985-1993. He has been involved in the early stages of a number of start-up companies, including BIZ-NET, Telesonics, Inc., Patientcare Dynamics and Vircon Productions. He received a PhD from the Ohio State University in 2008, writing a 408 page dissertation titled "A Three-Scale Metropolitan Growth Model," presenting a variety of research projects at over twenty-five academic conferences, and teaching sixteen courses in geography and economics. Previously, he obtained an MA in Economics at the University of New Hampshire in 1995, where he did research on methods of principal components and cluster analysis, and a BA in Economics at the University of Colorado in 1987
Amie Book - Secretary and Treasurer
Hometown? I was born in Houston, moved all over the place when I was a kid, but I call Chicago my home.
Undergraduate background? I will soon graduate from The Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business with a double major in Human Resource Management and Business Administration.
Graduate background? My goal once I finish my undergraduate studies is to continue on at the Fisher College of Business for the acquisition of my Masters in Human Resources.
Hobbies or special interests? I have pretty diverse hobbies/special interests. On one hand, I love crafts and cross stitching, and on the other hand I'm a huge gear head and grew up loving American muscle cars.
Interesting fact about yourself? I come from a massive family: I have over twenty aunts and uncles and almost fifty cousins.
Research interests? I have a fascination with history, especially American and French history.
Before she began her current career in HR, Amie had a decent length career in Retail Management. Amie's first year out of high school, she attended The Ohio State University, and like some , decided that school was not what she wanted to do at that point. Thus, Amie became a retail manager and remained so until 2007 when she decided to return to school and finish her degree. Amie's years of experience in the retail world helped her tune in to what it was that she wanted to go to school for. Amie had seen the effects of poor human resource departments and those of good human resource departments, and that gave way to her interest in better understanding Human Resources as an element of a business's success or failure. Amie is currently seeking two degrees at The Ohio State University, one in Business Administration and one in Human Resource Management. Once Amie has accomplished this goal, she intends to return to The Ohio State University to receive a master's degree in Human Resource Management. Amie's career goal is to take an active role in making the Human Resource Department a strategic element of Three Scale's business plan and, in turn, create another brick in a solid foundation for success.
Yumi Choi - GIS Cartographer
Hometown? Seoul, South Korea.
Undergraduate background? Urban Engineering.
Graduate background? Housing and Community Development.
Hobbies or special interests? Watching movies and sleeping.
Interesting fact about yourself? I'm a nerd.
Research interests? Housing, community development, and GIS.
Yumi is a GIS cartographer and planner with experience in working and teaching. She is able to build comprehensive cartographic design, skills, and analysis. Yumi is also able to organize and analyze data with statistical programs as well. Yumi performs effectively under high-pressure situations and maintains the highest ethical standards.
Richard Edwards - Researcher & GIS Technician
Hometown? My hometown is Portsmouth, Ohio.
Undergraduate background? I am currently majoring in Geography in the specialization of Urban Studies from The Ohio State University. I'm also getting a minor in City and Regional Planning.
Graduate background? I'm planning on going to graduate school in the near future with the hopes of obtaining my M.A. in Urban Planning.
Hobbies or special interests? I'm much of an internet nerd. I enjoy traveling to new cities, have a passion for sports, participate in quiz bowl, and anime/magna.
Interesting fact about yourself? I attended an internet meme conference at MIT in April, 2010, called ROFLCon. I plan on returning for their third conference in April, 2011. It was really fun and captivating.
Research interests? My research varies from land use data over time and weather data for the State of Ohio.
Richard is currently a fourth year student at The Ohio State University majoring in Geography with a specialization in Urban Studies. He is also getting a minor in City and Regional Planning. After Richard graduates in 2012, he hopes to go off to graduate school where he intends to obtain his MA in Urban Planning. Richard has been working with Three Scale for the last nine months. His research interests vary from land use data over time to weather data for the state of Ohio.
Grey Evenson - Product Development Researcher
Hometown? Columbus, Ohio.
Undergraduate background? Geography.
Graduate background? M.S. in Land Use Change and Environmental Systems; PhD (expected) in Ecological Modeling and GIS.
Hobbies or special interests? Politics, home brewing, and being outside.
Interesting fact about yourself? I'm a descendant of the Inman family made famous by the historical-fiction book and movie titled "Cold Mountain."
Research interests? Systematic conservation planning, ecological modeling, ecological restoration, wetlands, and GIS.
Grey is interested in land use change and natural area restoration efforts. His research interests include the application of systematic planning, GIS, and a variety of advanced search algorithms at broad spatial scales to better plan for and manage economic growth. In his spare time, Grey enjoys being outside, keeping up on the news, and brewing his own beer. Grey is nearly a lifelong Columbus resident and has been associated with Three Scale since the spring of 2010.
Meng Guo - GIS and Transportation Analyst
Hometown? Taizhou, Jiangsu Province, China.
Undergraduate background? Bachelor of Engineering in Urban Planning from Nanjing University, China.
Graduate background?Master of Science in Urban Geography from Nanjing University, China; External Master student in the Statistics Departments of The Ohio State University; Doctoral candidate in the Geography Department of The Ohio State University.
Hobbies or special interests? Traditional Chinese intrumental music, saxophone music, and reading news and stories about history, international relations, and military affairs.
Interesting fact about yourself? A lot of people feel surprised when they see how much I can eat, considering my size.
Reasearch interests? Transportation, commuting, car ownership, statistical modeling, and GIS application.
Meng came to the U.S. in 2007 to pursue a doctoral degree in Geography from The Ohio State University. Prior to that, he received his Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning and Master's degree in Urban Geography from Nanjing University, China. During that time, he took part in a number of urban planning and urban research projects as an assistant, an intern, or a student leader both within the university and in organizations off campus in China. He has been trained to look at and address urban and related issues from very broad social, economic, engineering, scientific, and aesthetic perspectives. He is equipped with essential skills of critical thinking, modeling and scientific analysis, as well as mastering a number of key softwares in the field. Throughout his Ph.D. program at OSU, he has been a teaching assistant in a number of fundamental and advanced courses of GIS, cartography, remote sensing image analysis, statistics, and transportation. In addition to the Ph.D., he is also seeking a second Master's degree in Statistics from The Ohio State University. He is expected to receive both of these degrees in 2012.
Taniya Jayadeva - Market Research Analytics Manager
Hometown? Kandy, Sri Lanka.
Undergraduate background? Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2008.
Graduate background? Masters of Business Administration, Otterbein University, 2011.
Hobbies or special interests? Traveling, quality time with family and friends, reading, music, movies, volunteering, cricket and food!
Research interests? Historical development, social media marketing, information technology, healthcare administration, pharmaceutical industry and higher education.
Taniya received her Bachelors from the Ohio State University in Pharmaceutical Science in 2008. Her honors thesis focused on the effect of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane (POSS) on the mineralization behavior of MC3T3-E1cells. To gain experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Taniya worked both at a retail pharmacy and hospital pharmacy for a total of four years. A year after completing her undergraduate degree, Taniya enrolled in the Masters of Business Program at Otterbein University in 2009 to gain further insight on business management and administration. After successful completion, she graduated with an MBA (Summa Cum Lade) from Otterbein University in June 2011. Thus far, Taniya has enjoyed learning all the various aspects that affect an organization, particularly strategic marketing. Taniya feels privileged to bring her diverse skill set to Three Scale to practice and utilize and to build this organization to its maximum and optimal capacity. Taniya has been part of the Three Scale Team since June 2010.
Anthony Kremer - Market Researcher and GIS Technician
Hometown? New Bremen, Ohio.
Undergraduate background? City and Regional Planning.
Hobbies or special interests? Being outdoors, traveling, running, fishing and watching movies.
Interesting fact about yourself? My eyes change color depending on what I'm wearing.
Research interests? Land conservation, transportation economics, alternative modes of transportation, and sustainable economic development.
Tony graduated from The Ohio State University in 2011 with a Bachelor's of Science in City and Regional Planning. Tony's research interests include land conservation, transportation economics, alternate modes of transportation, and sustainable economic development. Throughout the duration of his undergraduate education, Tony volunteered at the Ohio Environmental Council where he conducted policy, environmental impact, and technology-related research for legislative studies. Tony was also employed as an intern at the Neighborhood Design Center where he worked to make safety and visual improvements to the King Lincoln District of Columbus. In his free time, Tony enjoys being outdoors, traveling, running, fishing, and watching movies.
Craig Lewis - Senior Map Developer & GIS Analyst
Hometown? Troupsburg, New York.
Undergraduate background? B.A. in Geography/GIS from Buffalo State College.
Graduate background? M.A. in Urban Geography from The Ohio State University.
Hobbies or special interests? Sports, camping, and traveling.
Interesting fact about yourself? I collect Monopoly games -- Around 30 in total.
Research interests? Multi-scalar impacts that Mega-Events (Olympics, World Cup, World's Fair) have on cities and anything urban development related, and the incorporation of GIS in urban development.
In 2006, while working part-time in retail, Craig graduated with an A.S. in Liberal Arts from Corning Community College in New York. Upon graduation, Craig continued his education at Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York where he obtained a B.A. in Geography with a minor in Athletic Coaching. Craig's undergraduate thesis used GIS to look at crime distribution in relation to income within the City of Buffalo. During his stay in Buffalo, Craig also worked as an intern with the Buffalo Economic Renaissance Corporation assisting in economic development in a poor, crime-stricken neighborhood in the city. In the Fall of 2008, Craig moved to Columbus, Ohio where he attended The Ohio State University and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. In 2010, Craig completed his M.A. within the Department of Geography. While in the Masters' program, Craig studied Urban Geography; specifically, the impacts that hosting mega-events, such as the Olympic Games, have on hosting communities. A large part of this research examined how these impacts differed depending upon the spatial and temporal scale.
Scott Melaragno - Product Development Manager
Hometown? I have lived all over the world as a child, but I consider Columbus, Ohio as my home.
Undergraduate background? I received my BA in Geography with a Co-Major in Environmental Science at Miami University of Ohio in 2008. Fun fact is that I also minored in German during my time in Oxford.
Graduate background? I received my MS in Atmospheric Science and Climatic Studies at The Ohio State University in 2010, with my Thesis focusing on the Neutral Phases of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation.
Hobbies or special interests? Golf is by far my favorite hobby, and while I am still looking to get better, I can never seem to get enough of this frustrating sport. As far as special interests, I love to travel and to encounter new and different cultures.
Interesting fact about yourself? I guess this is not so much a fact about myself as much as an aspiration or goal. My ultimate passion is to become a full fledged Storm Chaser and to study Tornadoes and their impacts.
Research interests? Other then researching Tornadoes and severe weather (see above), I am also fascinated with the relationship between weather and space/time and the overall impacts created by the varying factors of human society with the Earth's atmosphere.
Scott Melaragno was born at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado and soon grew up to travel much of the United States and Europe with his family. After living in Munich, Germany for two years, Scott moved back States-side to settle in Columbus, Ohio, where he has spent most of his adult life. Through his many travels, Scott has encountered a wide array of diverse cultures and people. These experiences would eventually lead to a major in Geography at Miami University of Ohio, furthering Scott's interest in human interactions with space and time. Something was missing, however, and since the 2nd Grade, when Scott was the resident class Weather Man, there has always been a strong fascination with the Earth's Atmosphere and how humans interact with hit. Therefore, in 2008, Scott began graduate school at The Ohio State University, where he received a Master's in Atmospheric Sciences. Focusing on the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, Scott's thesis provides new findings in the predictability of this phenomenon and is in the process of being published for the Journal of Climate. In his down time, Scott enjoys golf, traveling to new places, and being Three Scale's in house meteorologist.
Carrie Miller - Senior Map Designer & GIS Analyst
Hometown? Wilmot, Ohio.
Undergraduate background? OSU Geography - GIS.
Hobbies or special interests? Music, reading, and my Jack Russell, Lucy.
Research interests? Accessibility and Disaster Management.
In 2008, Carrie moved from northeast Ohio to Columbus to study architecture at The Ohio State University. During the Winter of 2008, Carrie was involved with a group project that created accessibility maps for low income residents of the Near Eastside in Columbus, Ohio. Based on that experience, she decided to pursue a degree in Geographic Information Systems, and graduated with a B.S. in GIS in June, 2011.
Greg Overberg - Researcher & GIS Technician
Hometown? Cincinnati, Ohio.
Undergraduate background? Geography/Geographical Information Systems.
Graduate background? City and Regional Planning.
Hobbies or special interests? Traveling, sports (football, hockey, baseball, and basketball), cars, and theme parks.
Interesting fact about yourself? I participated in a study abroad program in Dresden, Germany addressing the Aging Workforce; a study trip to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to develop a Food Systems Plan, developed plans for numerous sites across Columbus, including Linden, Southwest Downtown Area, and the Wingate Villages site across from the casino site.
Research interests? Downtown planning, transportation planning, and city planning in general.
Greg was born in Cincinnati, OH and now resides in Columbus, OH while attending The Ohio State University. After spending a few years in Civil Engineering, he discovered a new interest in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and City and Regional Planning. Having completed his Bachelor's of Science in Geography/GIS in Spring 2010, Greg is now in his second year of studies in the Master's of City and Regional Planning at OSU. While having an interest in Transportation Planning and Downtown Redevelopment and Planning, he has also participated in many projects including an exchange program/study abroad in Dresden, Germany studying the aging workforce, studying the food systems along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and developing numerous plans for sites across Columbus, including Linden, the Southwest Downtown Area, and the Wingate Villages site across from the new casino site. Outside of the Planning and GIS world, he also is currently a server at Buffalo Wild Wings and enjoys spending time traveling, watching and attending sporting events, skiing, and sitting back to see a new movie or play a new video game.
Ian Sample - Senior Market Researcher & GIS Analyst
Hometown? Mt. Gilead, Ohio
Undergraduate background? B.S. in Biology (Primary Focus: Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology) from The Ohio State University.
Graduate background? M.S. in Agricultural and Environmental Economics from The Ohio State University.
Hobbies or special interests? Photography, travelling, and visiting national parks.
Interesting fact about yourself? I have been to all 50 states and 16 countries.
Research interests? National and state park policy, tourism economics, land conservation, and fisheries and forest economics.
Ian graduated from The Ohio State University in 2008 with a Bachelor's of Science in Biology and again in 2010 with a Master's of Science in Agricultural and Environmental Economics. Ian's research interests include National and State Park policy, land conservation, tourism economics, and forestry and fisheries economics. Throughout the duration of his undergraduate education, Ian was employed as an intern for the Ohio Department of Transportation, where he worked alongside project engineers on major interstate construction projects around Columbus. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography, travelling, golfing, and camping.
Bobby St. Clair - Researcher & GIS Technician
Hometown? Medina, Ohio.
Undergraduate background? My major is in Geography, with no minor.
Hobbies or special interests? My hobbies include buying any and every book I can about maps, atlases, world cultures, and aviation. I'm happy to say that my personal library at home is quite extensive.
Interesting fact about yourself? There's really nothing interesting about me!
Research interests? My research interests include population study and transportation.
Bobby graduated in May from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Geography . During his time at OWU, Bobby has worked with GIS on several projects that include 3D modeling, transportation/route analysis, and population study. Bobby's fields of interests are in fact, transportation and population study. With the two fields combined, Bobby would like to alleviate issues of pollution and congestion in our growing cities while making more public transport and public spaces available to the people.