About

Developer, writer for mapping applications at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, among others. I've managed an ArcUser recognized initiative on accessible navigation, and designed a methodology of GPS data distribution through interactive architecture. Several of my projects have been accepted into Esri's Living Atlas of the World, with a feature in their Story Map Gallery as well.

I've also hosted a series on independent GIS development, written over 50 articles on the GIS field, and published my art study on Gettysburg's statues. All of which are provided for free reading and distribution.


Experience

Department of Computer Science, Kutztown PA - CARE Mentor

January 2018 - Present

Teaching cloud based GIS to recipients of Kutztown's CARE (Computer Science Academic, Retention and Enrichment Program) scholarship. This grant was given to the university's Department of Computer Science, to encourage greater diversity in STEM fields.

The activity's meetings are held in Old Main, where the group will cover the basics of data collection, base maps, applications, and designing story maps. Each student will finish the activity with a project that they can incorporate into their resumes.

I will be writing all lesson plans and other documents for these students.

The group's AGOL page can be found here.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Harrisburg PA - GIS Intern

April 2017 - September 2017, December 2017 - January 2018

Graphic planning and co-administration of PennDOT's geospatial open data catalog PennShare, beta creation of the Open Data Portal. Auditor of uploaded geographic production for all counties. Technical documentation for site management and design.

Developer of District 8's beta ArcGIS Online Training Programthe standardized online GIS design introduction for new employees in the department of Planning and Research, accepted into the Living Atlas of the World. My winter story maps, "Getting Your License - A Guide from PennDOT," Pennsylvania's Local Technical Assistance ProgramResearch Division, and PA Turnpike's Innovation in Bridge Design and Construction were also accepted. The story map on PA's Local Technical Assistance Program was also accepted into Esri's Story Map Gallery. The completed gallery application for these story maps can be accessed here. Separately, I led the design for applications on crash data and posted and bonded roads from April 2017-September 2017I also created new cloud based maps from outdated programs for the Bureau of Aviation and the Transportation Innovation Council.

Story mapping design, consulting for Michael Baker International's Central PA Extreme Weather Vulnerability Study, research on at-risk bridges.

QR Blocks, Harrisburg PA - Designer

September 2017 - January 2018

QR Blocks was a personal project and self imposed challenge on researching a new methodology of experiential navigation design, and explaining it to the public / interested organizations in a cohesive way with technical documentation. By using digitized maps and their QR codes, I modeled three dimensional shapes that can then be 3D printed in a variety of fibers. They are then placed into shelving, benches and other architecture. Users are able to scan the blocks, and obtain information they need to navigate both on foot and in their vehicles. These blocks reduce the space taken up by traditional physical map displays, require less maintenance and can be incorporated into both indoor and outdoor spaces.

A kiosk presentation on this topic was shown at Central PA's GIS Day.

This invention has a Provisional Application for Patent at the USPTO.

Application: US 62/578,712

Grassroots Mapping, Harrisburg PA - Producer

August 2017 - December 2017

Writing, typesetting and publishing of Grassroots Mapping; my indie series of digital, interactive booklets on some of the work involved with GIS development. This series was a personal challenge in project management with Adobe's Creative Suite, and is free to download and distribute. To learn more about this project, you can listen to the interview with VerySpatialand read the summary article on GIS Lounge.

Disability Services, Kutztown PA - GIS Fieldwork

November 2016 - May 2018

Collecting geographic data of wheelchair accessible routes and entrances at Kutztown into a geospatial information initiative for KU's Disability Services Office (DSO). Currently utilizing the ArcGIS Collector app to record pathway measurements, and managing / educating volunteers with data submissions, alongside promotion of the program itself. Creating documentation for submission standards. This program has been accepted into the Living Atlas of the World, and received a feature in the Summer 2017 ArcUser.

This application's premise and usage information are being introduced to the university's Connections program, the standard orientation for new students. Its data has also been redesigned for use by KU's GLBTQ Resource Center.

Rohrbach Academic Library, Kutztown PA - GIS Fieldwork

October 2016 - May 2017

Drafting and design of promotional maps and materials for events at the library, alongside floor plan layouts for new signage. Writing and documentation of applicable ADA standards.

Leading integration of the library's 3D printer to make models of landscapes from open source topographic data renderings, and using that technology with students in geography and education courses. 

KU Bears Athletics, Kutztown PA - GIS Fieldwork

December 2016 - May 2017

Design and maintenance of the temporary "Map of Upcoming Events," on KU Bears' Fan Central tab, utilizing Google Maps API. Based on an original sports map created for The Keystone Newspaper.

The Keystone Newspaper, Kutztown PA - Website Manager / Asst. Graphic Design

December 2014 - May 2017

Post management, copy editing, and creation of event maps for the student newspaper's main webpage, their announcements page, as well as their extensive online archival site. Design and maintenance of weather forecasting maps for the paper's mobile application. Graphic production for the yearly "Keystone Rewind" publication.