Redlands, California—January 8, 2009—With a focus on promoting spatial literacy among students in all disciplines, Dr. Michael Gould joins ESRI as director of higher education. He will also concentrate on supporting the implementation of GIS technology across academic and administrative departments.
Gould brings 20 years of experience in teaching and research to ESRI. He began his career after earning a Ph.D. in geography (GIS) from the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (NCGIA), University at Buffalo. Most recently, he was an interdisciplinary professor of information systems and cocreator of an Erasmus Mundus-funded geospatial technologies master’s program at Universitat Jaume I, Castellón, Spain. Gould’s research expertise includes creating Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI); researching standards-based interoperability with the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc. (OGC); and developing geospatial Web services.
Gould has also worked as a GIS advisor to government agencies in the European Union (EU), businesses including ESRI and Microsoft, and nonprofit organizations. An active member of the Association of Geographic Information Laboratories in Europe (AGILE), Gould recently completed a two-year term as chair of its management board. He was also nominated by the Spanish government to serve as an expert on a series of research projects with the EU including Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE).