2007 - present
Benjamin Lewis has been with the Center for Geographic Analysis, Harvard University, for over ten years. He currently manages a team that develops and maintains geospatial platforms and tools to support research activities including data visualization, web mapping, data harvesting and enrichment, spatial analytics, georeferencing, gazetteer development, data search and discovery, interoperability solutions, and map portal development.
Before joining Harvard University, Ben was a project manager with Advanced Technology Solutions of Pennsylvania (now GeographIT), where he led the company in adopting platform independent approaches to GIS system development. He studied Chinese language and history at the University of Wisconsin, and earned his Master’s in Planning degree at the University of Pennsylvania. After his time at the University of Pennsylvania, he was a researcher at the University of California Berkeley GIS Lab, founded the GIS group at the transportation engineering firm McCormick Taylor, and helped develop the Land Acquisition Mapping System for the South Florida Water Management District.
Ben is an active contributor to his fields of specialization, and is particularly interested in technologies that lower the barrier to accessing geospatial technology.