After 15 years as a research professor at UVA, working in historical visualization and adaptive learning tools,  I’ve returned to my entrepreneurial roots developing products. My specialty is developing highly interactive data-driven web applications for education and media.

I am comfortable in all parts of the product development lifecycle– from evaluating ideas, markets, and technologies to the implementation and deployment. I am fluent in the current web technologies and know how to find an issue and the steps it takes to create a practical solution– whether that entails advice, team management, evaluation, or actual development.

My resume can be found here.

A full CV can be found here.

My LinkedIn profile.

My GitHub page.

Entrepreneurial skill-set

I have founded four high-technology companies in the film and television industry.  The companies have been small but successful, leading to an EMMY award and two successful acquisitions by public companies. Since joining UVa, I have directed a number of academic efforts for K-12 educators and scholars that have won numerous awards for excellence and received significant funding from the American Library Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the DuPont Foundation, and the Library of Congress.

Areas of focus

I have worked in a number of industries, including higher education, computer graphics, 3D animation, and the motion picture and video industry. Broadly speaking, I see myself as a toolmaker, creating innovative ideas to solve problems people have presented to me and executing those ideas into finished products. While this process can be extended to almost any technology-driven field, these are the areas I have concentrated on in the past:

  • Interactive web-based applicationsThe capabilities of HTML5, Javascript, and the host of third-party APIs available, from JQuery to React, enables web applications to outperform native and desktop applications in most situations. This makes creating powerful application development fast and affordable and allows for cross-platform solutions run without downloads, plug-ins, or app stores. This is particularly important in education, where computers are typically highly restricted. The Portfolio section contains a number of examples.
  • Educational technologyThe Internet is used daily by most professionals, but the educational world has only recently taken a strong interest in web-based tools, hastened by the emergence of inexpensive tablets and Chromebooks. For the past 12 years, I have been developing interactive web-based educational tools such as PrimaryAccess that have increased student achievement and engagement. The Portfolio section contains a number of examples.
  • Data visualization and mappingInteractive data visualization is a  powerful way for your data to tell stories directly using compelling and persuasive graphics. I have written a textbook on using visualization in the humanities. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, I have developed a number of interactive tools to enable students and scholars to develop compelling web-based interactive visualizations.
  • Digital video and mediaDigital media has exploded from provided only by skilled professionals to a routinely used tool. This ubiquity and the availability of fast bandwidth makes digital media all the more compelling when combined with the Internet. I developed the first nonlinear editing system, the EMMY award-winning EMC2 Digital editor and continue to push the envelope with web-based tools such as the Qmedia interactive video authoring system.

Current technology skills

While I lament my poor knowledge of French, I am fluent in a number of programming languages, including Javascript, Java, PHP, and C++. I have developed applications for both Windows and Macintosh platforms, and am now focused primarily on web-based applications. I am up to date on the latest data visualization tools, such as D3, WebGL, powerful geographic mapping tools such as OpenLayers and arcGIS, and the capabilities of leveraging the cloud-based tools that Google provides. My GitHub page is here.

Research and writing

Three published books, a dissertation, and multiple book chapters and articles have helped hone my research and writing skills. University library access and the ability to quickly find relevant information allow me to get and stay current on many topics.