Who am I?

Good question and one I'm always asking. I know my purpose is to make this world a better place. How? Growing spiritually, helping others, loving my wife, and raise conscious and helpful children (3 of them).

Where do I work?

I want to make this world a better world. Currently I work at The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the lead world organization responsible for developing open geospatial standards.

I am currently in charge of the Compliance Program, e-learning and professional certification activities. I coordinate the development of tests to allow geospatial applications to better play with each other. At OGC I help manage and serve as system architecture in Interoperability Initiatives. And, I give talks and training related to OGC standards around the world.

I also teach at the University of Maryland - UMBC (GIS) Master’s program, GES 772 Geospatial Web Services and Interoperability, GES 773: GIS Modeling Techniques, GES 671 Spatial Databases, and GES 771 Advanced Spatial Data Management.

The last course focused on NoSQL, Cloud Computing and Big Data.

Where was I before?

Before joining OGC, I managed initiatives that advanced information technologies to better understand the Earth phenomena, such as climate change, inundation, coastal erosion, and harmful algae blooms. One of those initiatives was the SURA Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction (SCOOP) Program. The other great project was involved with was the Marine Metadata Interoperability (MMI), where I served as technical lead and helped advance sensor standards, use of ontologies and semantic web technologies in the marine and environmental domain.