Academic Positions

  • Present 2019

    Assistant Professor

    Goucher College

  • 2019 2016

    Assistant Professor

    Notre Dame of Maryland University

  • 2016 2014

    Assistant Professor

    Marymount University

  • 2013 2013

    Associate Research Scientist

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County

  • 2012 2001

    Data Analyst

    NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. 2012

    Information Systems

    University of Maryland, Baltimore County

  • M.S.2005

    Applied Physics

    Johns Hopkins University

  • B.S.2000


    University of Maryland, College Park

Activities, Awards and Grants

  • 2019-2022
    The Urban Flooding Open Knowledge Network (UF-OKN) is an informational infrastructure built using knowledge graphs aiming to extract structured content from the information scattered across open-source geospatial datasets and hydrologic models. A knowledge graph stores information in a machine-readable format and provides a way for information to be collected, organized, shared, searched, and used. Bing and Google use a similar approach to create side panels in our browsers. Currently, there is no way to connect information about urban infrastructure to real time hydrologic forecasts. It is the goal of this work to make it easier for the vast amounts of information regarding our built and natural environments to become more helpful for planning, response, and general use. We take a holistic approach for a better understanding of the short and long-term impacts of urban flooding so that we can mitigate the human and economic losses.
  • 2016
    Technical Program Committee: 2016 IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BigData 2016)
  • 2016
    Program Committee: 20th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW)
  • 2015
    Program Committee: IEEE International Big Data Conference 2015
  • 2015
    Co-Chair: Workshop on Ontology and Semantic Web Patterns (WOP2015) , a workshop at the International Semantic Web Conference
  • 2015
    Co-Chair: Diversity++, a workshop at the International Semantic Web Conference
  • 2015-2016
    ResearchBit: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant
    Research networking systems use scholarly information to foster new forms of social capital thus increasing the possibility of scientific innovation and collaboration. These systems compile expertise profiles for faculty, investigators, and scholars, from publicly available research data (e.g., grants and publications), and connect them to institution-level/enterprise systems and national research networks. We believe the potential of research networking systems can be increased with a focus on serendipitous interactions. ResearchBit, is a system that promotes serendipitous interactions by tracking and recording, in real-time, a researcher’s interactions at conferences and meeting and suggesting suitable connections by combining her real-time data with existing researcher profiles.
  • 2014-2016
    NSF EarthCube Building Block Grant
    The National Science Foundation's EarthCube program has set out to create integrated data infrastructures across the Geosciences. On of its key challenges is to enable and simplify scientific data publishing, discovery, access, reuse, and integration. GeoLink is cyberinfrastructure within the EarthCube initiative to address these challenges by 1) digital publication of geoscience data and knowledge as "Linked Open Data", combined with 2) semantic integration by way of describing data using ontology design patterns and vocabularies shared among federated repositories, and 3) establishing Linked Data and ontology design patterns as an underlying cyberinfrastructure. GeoLink will greatly enhance the capabilities for scientists to discover and interpret relevant geoscience data and knowledge.
  • 2013-2014
    NSF EarthCube EAGER Grant
    A one year proof of concept project to demonstrate the utility of Semantic Technologies to achieve the goals of the The National Science Foundation's EarthCube program.