Research Scientist at the Center for Research in Water Resources, in the Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering dept of the Cockrell School of Engineering
Various roles in research, governance & outreach:
Early history, 2011-2014
Leadership Council, 2015-2016
iSamples Research Coordination Network, 2015-2016
My life goal is to help nurture networks of people and ideas across domains and institutions, to advance the study and shared understanding of Earth system sciences. I've worked in several distinct fields, with more than 35 years of graduate study and professional experience including:
My publications are also on a separate page.
April 2012 – Present: University of Texas at Austin
Research Fellow, Jackson School of Geosciences (4/12 – Present)
Research Scientist, Cockrell School of Engineering (10/12 – Present)
UT Center for Integrated Earth System Science (CIESS) director Dr. Liang Yang and associate director Dr. David Maidment invited me to be Research Fellow in this new research center, formed in 2011. Goals are to support and help organize interdisciplinary research in geosciences, engineering, and public policy across UT schools and departments; conduct seminars and webinars for outreach; and support UT’s access and influence in international standards communities. Due to my level of activities by 2014, I was appointed as Research Scientist in June 2014.
Am continuing my participation in NSF EarthCube, started while OGC staff:
Am coordinating two NASA grants to develop applications for public use of NASA's Land Data Assimilation System (LDAS) model outputs of soil moisture, evapotranspiration, runoff, and other variables at national and global scales.
2013: started coordinated endowments for the Jackson School of Geosciences and the Information School, to advance research and applications in digital preservation of physical geological and other collections in Earth sciences.
2013: Completed my role as co-chair of the Standards and Interoperability Forum (SIF) of GEOSS, started while OGC staff. The SIF helps develop and educate on use of the GEOSS infrastructure.
Adjunct Faculty, School of Information (1/13 – 12/13)
Taught graduate-level GIS Introduction course for two semesters in 2013. Could not continue after Fall 2013 due to other work commitments. Course syllabi available for limited time at Spring2013: INF 385T and Fall 2013: INF 385T.
Research Fellow, School of Information (3/14 – Present)
Continuing my relationship with iSchool by connecting other faculty with EarthCube and OGC projects, and with endowment activities.
July 2012 - Present: Research/Academic Advocate, Open Geospatial Consortium, Austin TX
This is an outreach role that runs in parallel with my positions at UT Austin. The goals are to stimulate greater use of OGC and related standards for "locatable-data exchange" within the broader research community, and to strengthen the contributions from these communities to influence and advance the evolution of OGC's process and standards. See also staff bio page at OGC website, and my blogs on OGC .
June 2008 - June 2012: Director, Interoperability Programs, Open Geospatial Consortium, Austin TX
My primary responsibility was to organize and lead sponsored test beds (OWS-6, OWS-7, OWS-8) to advance standards, best practices, and cyberinfrastructures for sensor web, geoprocessing workflow, security & event architectures, visualization, and decision support, each resulting in a set of reports & demonstrations (OWS-6, OWS-7, OWS-8). I also initiated and led development of these videos: About OGC and OWS-8 Demonstrations Overview.
August 2006 - May 2008: President and Chief Technology Officer, OGC Interoperability Institute, Austin TX
Directed the OGCii program for education and outreach to advance the interoperability of digital scientific data collections in the geosciences and for institutional spatial data infrastructures (SDI). Helped plan and conduct technical workshops and pilot studies to develop and test systems for interoperability across multiple application domains. Helped identify and recruit government, academic, and commercial partners for specific projects, helped write grant proposals, and the technical and executive reports of these projects. Key project during this period was for requirements analysis and architecture of the Pennsylvania Map SDI (PAMAP). Also helped convene sessions on interoperability and open science at AAAS conferences.
February 2000 - July 2006: Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri)
Interoperability Engineer, Austin TX (1/05 – 7/06)
Represented Esri in the Open Geospatial Consortium technical committee, serving as co-chair of three working groups. Have written position papers and edited standards specifications. Main accomplishments were to catalyze the completion and adoption of the GML Simple Features Profile specification, and to bring about the addition of elevations and measures within the Simple Features for SQL specification. Have also conducted one-day geodatabase design workshops at URISA national conferences, Esri International User Conferences, GeoTec and Geo-Alberta annual conferences.
Product Specialist, Austin TX (2/02 – 1/05)
Coauthored the book,
Designing Geodatabases: Case Studies in GIS Data Modeling (Esri Press, 2004). Assisted
in quality assurance program for distributed geodatabase technology
development. Also conducted one-day geodatabase design workshops at URISA and Esri
Data Architect, Redlands CA (2/00 – 2/02)
Developed system requirements, architecture and database designs, and led development of domain-specific data models for use with ArcGIS products, particularly for Defense/Intelligence projects and applications. Was lead data architect in a project to build data warehouse for Defense/Intelligence community. Collaborated, coordinated with technology partners on development projects. Prototyped application interfaces with COM/Visual Basic. Wrote technology white papers and conducted workshops on object-oriented GIS at URISA national conferences.
December 1999 - February 2000: Principal, DKArctur Consulting, Sterling VA
Provided systems engineering and other support for interoperability testbed projects and other standards development initiatives for geospatial information software with the OGC. Advised clients in the areas of geospatial information technology, trends and standards.
April 1996 - November 1999: Chief Scientist, Laser-Scan, Inc., Sterling VA
Director of research and development activities for the US subsidiary of a UK-based GIS software company. Management responsibilities included technical strategic planning and US-UK coordination, software development hiring & management, and collaboration/coordination with other technology partners.
Activities and accomplishments included: