[OSGeo-Discuss] Fwd: Nominating Andy Anderson as OSGeo Charter Member

Vasile Craciunescu vasile at geo-spatial.org
Tue Jul 12 08:16:34 PDT 2016

Forwarding Andy Anderson nomination by Charlie Schweik.

Best regards,
2016 OSGeo Elections CRO

-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: 	Nominating Andy Anderson as OSGeo Charter Member
Date: 	Tue, 12 Jul 2016 08:36:29 -0500
From: 	Charlie Schweik <cschweik at pubpol.umass.edu>
To: 	Vasile Crăciunescu <cro at osgeo.org>, OSGeo Discussions 
<discuss at lists.osgeo.org>


I'd like to nominate Dr. Andy Anderson of Amherst College, Amherst USA 
for OSGeo Charter Member.

I have asked him about being nominated, and he confirmed he was interested.

I've worked with Andy for 15 years, and he has become an open source 
geospatial technology evangelist here in Western Massachusetts over the 
last decade. Moreover, he is a knowledge-base technically, and supports 
many students in our "5 college" area in open source geospatial 
technologies. Together, we offered a WebGIS course to "five college" 
(University of Massachusetts, Amherst College, Smith College, Mt Holyoke 
College and Hampshire College) network students last spring. He's an 
active member of the FOSS4G 2017 Boston LOC, and is active on our 
GeoForAll node in Western Massachusetts, USA [1].

FYI, below is the information Andy provides on his OSGeo Wiki entry [2]:

"I have been using open-source software since the early 1980s, and 
specifically FOSS4G since 2007. I currently teach occasional classes 
with FOSS4G and write documentation for using FOSS4G in my position as 
Academic Technology Specialist for Mathematical and Spatial Data 
Analysis at Amherst College, and my role as Adjunct Assistant Professor 
in Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts. I am 
also serving on the Boston Local Organizing Committee for FOSS4G 2017. I 
have been programming since the mid-1970s, primarily for scientific 
applications but also including open-source software, beginning with 
Fortran and C and continuing most recently with JavaScript, Python, R, 
and SQL."

In short, Andy is the ultimate professional. He puts his heart and soul 
into projects he takes on, and is technically brilliant. He's a 
passionate contributor who does high-quality and thorough work. He is 
already -- and will be -- a real contributor to OSGeo as a Charter Member.


Charlie Schweik

[1] http://www.umass.edu/opensource/
[2] https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Andy_Anderson

Charlie Schweik

Professor, Department of Environmental Conservation &
Interim Director of the School of Public Policy,
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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