Miriam Olivares

Professional Responsibilities

  • GIS Coordinator
  • Guest Instructor on Geographic Information Systems for diverse academic departments at Texas A&M University


Miriam Olivares works as a GIS Coordinator with Texas A&M University Libraries, providing support to faculty members, and students from all academic departments, as well as staff from units across campus, to facilitate scholarly work conducted with geospatial technology. As part of a team effort in Map and GIS Library, she enthusiastically collaborates in an ongoing outreach campaign to increase use of GIS among A&M community.

Ms. Olivares has used GIS since early stages on her career to conduct research and as part of her job duties. Her interdisciplinary background has allowed her to apply GIS technology in diverse areas of study.

Ms. Olivares is currently working on her doctoral degree in Urban and Regional Science, her research focuses on geospatial analyses to improve current legal practices to manage risk of registered sex offenders, and contribute to promote safer sustainable communities. Her research has been presented at international conferences, and been broadcasted by numerous television and other media venues. She earned a Master of Science in Land Development with focus on sustainable development at Texas A&M University. During that period, Ms. Olivares had the opportunity to participate on a study abroad to Australia led by former Dean of Architecture, Dr. Michael M. McCarthy, to study sustainable tourism industry in Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. She was selected as a visiting intern by an environmental firm based in Brisbane, Australia, to work with GIS technology in a project related to a sustainable environmental banking of mangroves.

Ms. Olivares earned a Bachelor degree in Architecture with emphasis in Urban Planning from Monterrey Tech, Mexico. She established her own architecture firm, and practiced architecture and land development in Mexico for over a decade, working intensively in low-income housing under INFONAVIT government system.


  • Present - PhD Candidate in Urban and Regional Science, Texas A&M University
  • Certificate in Business, 2004, Texas A&M University
  • Certificate Graduate Teaching Academy, 2004, Texas A&M University 
  • M.S. in Land Development, 2002, Texas A&M University
  • Study Abroad in Tropical Australia, Queensland, Australia, 2001, Hosted by Texas A&M University
  • Bachelor in Architecture with Concentration in Urban Planning, 1988, Monterrey Tech, Mexico

Awards and Media Coverage of Research

  • archone | Newsletter for the Texas A&M College of Architecture (2011). Guisti, Olivares pen chapter in New Latino Planning book
  • Interview by National TV Broadcast Ivanhoe Broadcast News, 2009. "Tracking Sex Offenders" - Made the Top 10 Most Viewed list of the week
  • Technology Excellence Award, 2007.Texas Association of Government Information Technology Managers (TAGITM)
  • archone | Newsletter for the Texas A&M College of Architecture (2006). Spatial planning, risk assessment: Doctoral students design online mapping system for tracking sex offenders
  • Perspectives | Newsletter for the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning (2006). URSC Students' Project Receives Local and National Recognition
  • Silver Circle Award for Service Delivery, 2006, National City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA)
  • Best of Texas Demonstrated Excellence in Project Collaboration, 2006, Center for Digital Government
  • Innovations Group Newsletter, April 2007
  • Advance 2006 Edition, August 2006, Annual Research Report by TAMU Office of the Vice President for Research
  • CBS Houston (KHOU) Evening News, August 10, 2006, Personal Interview by Dave Fehling
  • CBS New York, June 2006, Eye on America Featuring the Sex Offenders Mapping Service
  • Houston Fox 26 Evening News, February 06, 2006, Personal Interview by Ned Hibberd
  • The Battalion, January 26, 2006, "Neighbors Next Door", A description of Sex Offenders Mapping Service
  • WTAW 1620 Radio Station, January 26, 2006, Phone interview
  • KBTX Evening News, January 25, 2006, A personal interview by Meredith Stancik
  • TAMU Hotline-University Relations, January 6, 2005, Personal Interview by Judith McIntosh White

Selected Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Sare, L., Olivares, M. and Weimer, K.H. (Forthcoming). Emerging Roles in Librarianship: Integrative Services for Demographic and Geographic Information System (GIS) Data in The New Academic Librarian: Essays on Changing Roles and Responsibilities. Befus, R. and Wurm, J. (Eds.). N.C.: McFarland & Company.
  • Giusti, C. and Olivares, M. (2012) Latinos, Planning and Incremental Construction in Placemaking in Latino Communities: Space, Action, Identity. Rios, M. et al (Eds.)  UK: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
  • Wunneburger, D., Olivares, M., Maghelal, P. (2008) Affecting change in public policy with geospatial technologies: the case of legal restrictions on registered sex offenders in Geospatial Technologies in Homeland Security.  Sui, D. (Ed). Springer.

Peer-reviewed Presentations

  • Giusti, C. and Olivares, M. (October 2011). Latinos, Planning, and Incremental Construction, ACSP Conference 2011. Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Olivares, M. and Maghelal, P. (March 2007). Measure of Risk across Communities due to Sex Crimes, National Institute of Justices MAPS Annual Crime Mapping Research Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Olivares, M. and Maghelal, P. (Nov 2006). Promoting Sustainable Communities through a Spatial Crime Prevention Model. ACSP Annual Conference, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Wunneburger, D., Olivares, M. and Maghelal, P. (Nov 2006). Quantifying Levels of Risk to Communities by Registered Sex Offenders As Determined By Legal Statute. ACSP Annual Conference, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Olivares, M. and Maghelal, P. (Oct 2005). Risk Management Strategies in reducing Sex Crimes: A Case-study of Brazos County, The Pathways Research Symposium, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas (Awarded 1st Place)
  • Olivares, M. and Maghelal, P. (Sept 2005). Sex Offenders and Critical Risk Zones, National Institute of Justices MAPS Annual Crime Mapping Research Conference, Savannah, Georgia
  • Maghelal, P., and Olivares, M. (July 2005). Critical Risk Zones: Violators of Megans Law. 25th ESRI International User Conference, San Francisco, California
  • Maghelal, P. and Olivares, M. (March 2005). Tracking Sex Offenders in the Twin Cities of Bryan/College Station, Student Research Week, Texas A&M University (Awarded 1st Place)
  • Olivares, M. (Apr 2004). The role of Nonprofit Organizations in the Rio Grande/ Rio Bravo Borderlands: A need for a Long-Term Strategic Plan. The Rio Bravo Association-CREST-RESSACA Conference. Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas.

Special Projects

Service at Texas A&M University

  • Steering Committee member of "Dialogo on the Border", conference held on April 18-19, 2013 in Brownsville Texas
  • Reviewer of Final projects in Master of Land Development Capstone Course 2010
  • Judge for Office of Graduate Studies Multimedia Competition 2010
  • Texas A&M Mentor since 2009
  • Texas A&M University Search Advisory Committee for Dean of College of Architecture 2008
  • Co-Chair of "First Dialogo in Texas", a State level dialog concerning Latino communities and Planning. Held on February 15, 2008 at Texas A&M University
  • Interdisciplinary TAMU Scholars Consortium on Border Issues, organizing Justicia en Juarez! Gender Violence, Maquiladoras and Border Issues, an international conference about murder of women in Mexican Border. Held on April 10, 2007 at Texas A&M University
  • Graduate Student Representative on President's Student Appeal Panel
  • Secretary of Urban and Regional Sciences Student Organization Fall 2005-Summer 2006
  • Co-Chair of National Doctoral Student Research Symposium in Urban and Regional Sciences 2005
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