Thomas Ruberto

Graduate Associate
Graduate Assistant/Associate
TEMPE Campus

Student Information

Graduate Student
Geological Sciences
The College of Lib Arts & Sci




PhD Candidate Geological Sciences & Geoscience Education - anticipated graduation May 2022

M.S. Geological Sciences from ASU - graduated August 2018

B.S. Earth & Space Exploration (Geological Sciences) from ASU - graduated May 2016

Associate of Science from Estrella Mountain Community College - graduated May 2014

Associate of Arts from Estrella Mountain Community College - graduated May 2014

Research Interests

My research involves designing, producing, implementing, and the testing of virtual field trips as a learning method.  If proven effective, immersive, interactive virtual field trips could level the education playing field in the geosciences and other disciplines by providing students across the globe with access to educationally rich sites while mitigating the barriers of time, cost, safety, distance, and ability. As we face the perfect storm of climate change, population growth, and resource depletion, virtual field trips can teach the importance of preserving the Earths fragile environment that has allowed our species to thrive.  There is no Planet B.

Research Group

I am a proud member of  ETX (Education Through eXploration) at ASU and work with the iVFT (immersive virtual field trips) and R&E (research and education) groups.


Spring 2019 - SOS 494/598 (Virtual Field Trips for Global Development

Fall 2018 - GLG 103 (Introductory Geology Lab)


Founded Interactive Marketing Technologies, Inc. in 1992 as a content development and marketing firm.  Content development services include web design and programming, graphic design and layout, writing, photography, videography, audio recording, and entertainment services.  Specialities include virtual reality and immersive content such as gigapans, 3D photos and video, 360 degree photos and video, 360 degree 3D photos and video, as well as Matterport 3D virtual scans. Rich media is developed for computers, tablets, smart TVs, smartphones, and VR platforms such as Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, Samsumg VR, and HTC Vive.  Content marketing consists of social media management, SEO services, email campaign management, and digital advertising.  IMT Inc. also offers training in many of the above listed areas.


Interactive Marketing Technologies, Inc.
KEY Magazines, Inc.

Southwest Media & Publishing, Inc.
EMES Principal Council
Visionary Computer Systems, Inc.‚Äč