Neogeographer and Geospatial Collaboration Architect
- Washington D.C. Metro Area
Andrew Turner's Overview
- CTO, R&D Center DC at Esri
- Co-Founder at CrisisCommons
- Author at O'Reilly
- Neogeographer at HighEarthOrbit
- Chief Technology Officer at GeoIQ (Acquired by ESRI, July 2012)
- Co-Founder and CEO at Mapufacture
- Systems Development Engineer at Realtime Technologies, Inc.
Andrew Turner's Summary
Andrew's work focuses on cross-domain collaboration and democratizing the map making process creating open tools for cartography and analysis. In 2006 he published the popular and widely regarded book "introduction to Neogeography" which led an industry shift of the GIS market. He is a world renowned speaker, author, advocate and engineer for crowd-sourced geospatial technology and a successful entrepreneur that has grown and exited two companies through acquisition.
Currently, Andrew is the Chief Technology Officer of Esri Research and Development center in Washington, DC. His team are developing new technologies for realtime analysis of geospatial data that will serve the US Defense, Intelligence, NGO, and Consumer markets through on-demand access to multi-domain data streams.
Andrew is an active member in many organizations developing and supporting open standards such as the OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and World Wide Web Consortium. He is also the co-founder of CrisisCommons, a global community of volunteers leveraging technology to assist in building solutions for disaster reponse, recovery and rebuilding.
Andrew has consulted for enterprise and multinational organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, USGS, MapQuest, the BBC, the Library of Congress in developing their geospatial and community components. He has lectured coursed and lead workshops for Stanford, University of Virginia, and other universities and organizations teaching about utilizing modern data sharing technologies.
Andrew Turner's Experience
CTO, R&D Center DC
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry
July 2012 – Present (2 years 3 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area
We're heading up new initiatives within Esri that focus on Open Data, Web Collaboration, and realtime geospatial analysis. Our team is part of the Esri core development team building the world's best geospatial technology used by over 300,000 organizations worldwide.
Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Internet industry
2009 – Present (5 years)
Worked with the community and management team to build and implement the vision of a global network of technical volunteers that assist in response to man-made and natural disasters.
Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Information Technology and Services industry
September 2006 – Present (8 years 1 month)
Author of "Introduction to Neogeography" in 2006 which served as a catalyst for academic and industry research in open access to geospatial data and visualization tools for personal use.
Author of the "Where2.0 Business Report" covering the industry market, opportunities and competition, and future trends.
Frequent speaker at O'Reilly events on geospatial technology, open-source collaboration and crowd-sourcing.
October 2005 – Present (9 years)
Freelance development of applications (desktop and web), websites, and technical articles. Primary fields are in mapping applications, geolocation, and 'home' automation.
Sample Projects: DashSaver, When2Where, Whereisbot, IndigoWidget/IndigoWeb, MacMini Robot
Developed web interfaces to home automation software in Indigo
Articles publish in Linux Journal and MacTech magazines
Chief Technology Officer
Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Information Technology and Services industry
August 2008 – July 2012 (4 years) Washington, DC
Developed architecture and deployment of a multi-tiered geospatial analytics, data sharing and visualization platform for rapid decision making and collaboration. Developed using agile methodology with open-source and in-house built components, GeoIQ was used by United States Federal, Defense and Intel customers, multinational organizations, consumer enterprise, and as a public cloud website, GeoCommons.
I managed the engineering team, customer delivery and support, partner strategy, and product releases. Frequently invited to conferences to speak on the cutting edge of geospatial visualization and web collaboration.
GeoIQ was acquired by Esri in 2012.
Co-Founder and CEO
June 2006 – August 2008 (2 years 3 months)
Designed and built an online web platform for users and developers to create, publish, aggregate, and consume information about location. Mapufacture was a geo-aggregator where people can find out interesting information in their area, what's going on in a city they are visiting, or just become more connected with the world they live in.
Mapufacture was acquired by FortiusOne in August 2008.
Systems Development Engineer
Realtime Technologies, Inc.
June 2003 – April 2007 (3 years 11 months)
Developed software and hardware systems to assist engineers in designing and engineering vehicle systems. SimCreator was a graphical design application where users could create a high-fidelity, realtime vehicle simulation, automate through scripting or view and operate in an immersive 3-D simulator with motion base haptic feedback.
I was responsible for writing core C++ code, implementing physics algorithms and vehicle models, working with customers to build simulations and scenarios. SimCreator was used by the US Army, and major automative manufacturers and suppliers.
Graduate Research Assistant
Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry
2000 – 2003 (3 years)
Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Advised by Dr. Christopher Hall
Researched neural network adaptive algorithms for spacecraft attitude controls and dynamics.
Engineering Lead for the VT HokieSat, a university nanosatellite project whose mission was to measure the ionosphere and the affect on sensors such as the Global Positioning System. The team of 30+ engineers, researchers, and faculty conceived, designed, built and tested the entire system including structures, propulsion, electronics, software, and attitude control servos.
Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Research industry
May 2002 – December 2002 (8 months)
Developed Spacecraft sensor and actuator simulations in MatLab Simulink.
Aerospace Engineering Intern
Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Defense & Space industry
June 1998 – August 1998 (3 months)
Developed software components for Satellite Toolkit (STK) - a spacecraft simulation and modeling tool that is widely used in the aerospace industry.
Supported users by developing scenarios and spacecraft models in STK.
Andrew Turner's Honors and Awards
Smart CXOWashington SmartCEO
- April 2011
* Management philosophy
* Service to the industry and local community
* Ability to create competitive advantages for the company
* Optimization of business processes
* Innovation of products
* Record of establishing new customer relationships and improving existing relationships
Golden Dot Award for Best Animation or Mash-UpInstitute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet (IPDI)
- October 2009
Andrew Turner's Projects
Andrew Turner's Languages
Andrew Turner's Publications
Andrew Turner's Skills & Expertise
- Ruby on Rails
- Agile Methodologies
- Aerospace Engineering
- Neural Networks
- Web Applications
- System Architecture
- Standards Development
- Software Development
- Web Services
- Open Source
- Web Development
- Mobile Applications
- Cloud Computing
Andrew Turner's Education
MS, Aerospace Engineering
September 2000 – June 2003
Thesis: Open-Source, Extensible Spacecraft Simulation And Modeling Environment (http://spacecraft.sourceforge.net)
Research: Adaptive Spacecraft Attitude Control Using Neural Networks (http://highearthorbit.com/neural-networks)
Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Grant recipient
Activities and Societies: Hokiesat Nanosatellite Project (Project Manager, Lead Software Architect, Attitude Determination & Control System Lead), Sigma Gamma Tau (Aerospace Engineering Honors),
BS, Aerospace Engineering
1996 – 2000
Undergraduate Thesis: Development of a Semi-autonomous Control System for the UVA Solar Airship 'Aztec'
Activities and Societies: Solar Airship Engineering Team, Pep Band, Symphonic Orchestra
Methacton High School
High School Diploma
1992 – 1996
Andrew Turner's Additional Information
- Groups and Associations:
Detroit Curling Club, Southeast Michigan Ruby Users Group (http://rubymi.org), Geowankers, AIAA, SAE, AAS, FooCamp, OSGeo
- Honors and Awards:
Invited Speaker: Stanford, NYU ITP, University of Kansas, FOWA London 2008, Web2.0 Expo NY 2008, Location Intelligence Conference
- "Introduction to Neogeography"
- "Where2.0: State of the Geospatial Web"
- Where2.0 Conference Committee 2007/2008,
- MapQuest OpenAPI mashup winner, 2006
- Detroit Curling Club Men's Champion 2007, Mixed Champion 2006
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