About Me

I am a Professor in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland.  Prior to joining the Salisbury faculty in 2007, I spent seven years at Cornell University as a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Associate, where I won the Cornell University Faculty Innovation in Teaching Award, the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture Teacher of Merit, and the prestigious State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  You can see my University homepage here

Previous to my time at Cornell University, I spent 10 years in private industry implementing large-scale geographic information systems for both the public and private sector, and and won the ESRI Business Partner of the Year award in 1999 as part of my work on implementing the Long Island Rail Road Enterprise GIS.

Throughout my career, I have implemented some of the larger enterprise GIS projects within the country, and am a frequently invited speaker to a number of conferences and workshops focused on geographic information system technology.  My current focus is on educating geographers in the use of innovative tools for GIS analysis.  My first textbook Statistical Problem Solving for Geographers is now available on Amazon.

This blog is a running stream-of-consciousness about my ideas related to the spatial sciences.  I am a technologist and an educator, not a philosopher.  Therefore, I rarely wax poetic about the “way things should be”, or give my opinions about some new GIS standard that comes out.  In these pages you will get a peek into the things we are working on in my lab or the new ideas I’m introducing in my courses.

I have a really envious job as a Professor, I get paid to think about things.  Therefore, it isn’t too much to ask that if you pay someone to think about things, they should tell others about what they are learning.  So, in these pages, you can expect me to talk about statistics and geography, spatial SQL, enterprise GIS, parallel processing and GIS, and programming GIS solutions.  Also, my undergraduate students are doing fantastic work in the previously mentioned areas – I will certainly spend time bragging about them as I think their work will be an inspiration to you all.

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4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi. We’re in need of an advanced course in GeoServer (As our customer requires us to have taken an advanced level course (not Beginner, nor Intermidiate)) and we’ve had 2 employees taking your course “Internet Mapping with Geoserver, Postgres, and Openlayers 3 “, However we’d like to be sure that it can be classified as “Advanced” , before we continue with our other employees. Could you pelase inform us if this course could be seen as being “Advanced”. – or if if we should take an other course….
    Thank you in advance

  2. That is a very good question. Philosophically, what is “advanced”, and what is “intermediate”. And, depending upon the customer, that can be tricky. If they are a web development firm, then maybe this is considered ‘beginner’. But, if they are a non-profit environmental firm, then this might classify as ‘Advanced’. We can certainly talk more offline if you’d like to email me.

    Another thing to consider is that if you took the entire “stack” of courses, then you would actually achieve an advanced status, I would think. For instance, the Enterprise GIS course and the SQL course, combined with the Geoserver course could definitely be considered ‘Advanced’. Why? Well, think of this:

    – Enterprise GIS builds a true enterprise GIS server (not many people can do that)
    – SQL course goes very in depth on what can be done with SQL from a spatial standpoint
    – Geoserver – takes the first two courses, and then has you deploy solutions to the Internet based off of your Enterprise GIS.

    Not many people have learned that kind of stack of courses.

    I have taught a course at the graduate level that included those three courses, along with the GDAL course. That was a 700 level course in Open Source GIS.

    Also feel free to contact me offline if you’d like to discuss this more, of if you would like me to assist you in some of the GIS work you are doing.

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