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.