Baruch Institute & The Advanced Solutions Group (ASG)
While working at USC, I became aware of the benefits of Open Source technology and implemented
best-fit software solutions for GIS applications. An example of this was my development,
coordination, implementation, and documentation of applications based on MapServer, other Open
Source software packages, and ESRI desktop applications (proprietary software) for local, regional,
and international GIS efforts.
I moved from a position at ASG of database design, architecture,
and programming for state agency software, to a position within the Marine Science program at The
Baruch Institute. I spearheaded the coordination and implementation of early efforts to produce a
GIS web portal for near real time integrated coastal ocean observation data and model products. This
application suite was an embodiment of my professional strengths: database design, binary data
translation, data integration, and data dissemination.
I carried these approaches from a Carolinas-only regional program, the Carolinas Coastal Ocean Observing and Prediction System (Caro-COOPS),
to the Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing System (SEA-COOS), and finally to a national project, the
Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). Each time the geographic footprint of my project grew,
so did my appreciation for product scaling and software modularity. By the time I began direct
involvement with the IOOS, I had begun to leverage the OGC communication protocols to allow my
applications to interface with others.