Jeremy K Newson

Biography

Experience

Application Architect, U.S. Geological Survey, Dec. 2019 - present

Serving as the Application Architect for the Water Mission Area Enterprise Technology Office Engineering Branch. Duties include collaborating with key stakeholders, architects, and internal teams to define enterprise architecture principles, standards, guidelines, requirements, use cases estimations and outline current and future vision enterprise architecture strategies. 

Software Architect/Hydrologic Engineer for Web Informatics and Mapping (WIM) Team, 2012 - Dec. 2019

Served as a full stack software Architect/Hydrologist on various cross discipline teams developing scalable scientific data services and applications for the USGS and other federal Agencies. My main duties included;

  • Work directly with stakeholders, national field experts and team members to identify goals, design and implement software solutions
  • Establish and promote proper coding practices and procedures
  • Develop and mentor junior programmers
  • Develop custom reusable libraries
  • Present complex software design solutions and issues in understandable concepts to senior management and stakeholders

My hydrology background, provided me with the unique qualifications to lead and ensure hydrologic programs and system methods were accurate and represented the highest USGS scientific standards.

System Integration and Software Developer Lead for National StreamStats Program, 2012 - Dec. 2019

Description and Scientific Leadership

I am responsible for all aspects of the development, architecting, planning, and formulating of highly specialized technical algorithms and subsystems related to the StreamStats program. The StreamStats system and subsystems are unique and serve as a conduit for the sharing and delivery of USGS science to watershed managers, engineers and the general public. In an effort to minimize duplication of effort across the USGS, I develop and maintain several specialized state-of-the-art modular scientific web resources that provide efficient, pubically available tools and datasets that can be utilized to further scientific research and foster scientific growth. I am also responsible for facilitating and leading discussions among the team, and leading others, by identifying goals, preparing project proposals, designing software solutions, and prioritize and assigning project tasks of all development relating to StreamStats related products.

Technical Advisor and Software Developer Lead for Inland Oil Spill Response and Riverine Travel Time Project, 2018 - 2019

Description and Scientific Leadership

My responsibility is to architect, plan and provide a web-based rapid response application for estimating plume trajectories and travel times in inland rivers. The application is designed to leverage pre-existing tools that I developed for the StreamStats program, in order to assist watershed and hazard managers in the event of an oil (or other contaminants) spill to protect the ecosystem and guide the expedited cleanup efforts. I regularly operate with no supervision and act as a technical advisor to the project leads by researching current technological and scientific practices (if established), or (and in most cases) lead discussions with national accepted subject authorities in order to establish technological and hydrological unions to solve complex hydrologic transport and modeling problems at a national and rapid scale. I actively create new technological algorithms based on the aforementioned discussions to build and provide plume trajectory and travel time web-based tools to the scientific and public communities.

Software Architect and Development Lead for Ice Jams Monitoring Prototype, 2012 - Dec. 2019

Description and Scientific Leadership

I architect, planned, and delivered a prototype system designed around assisting Federal and State agencies throughout the US in an effort to collect, monitor, and track riverine ice jam formation, fragmentation, and documentation of damages (such as bridge or infrastructure, flooding, etc.) caused by ice blockages. I was responsible for designing, documenting and discussing all aspects related to the ice jams prototype. Unique to this project was incorporating cutting-edge serverless technology and containerization to save costs and make the Ice Jams monitoring prototype easily and rapidly re-deployable on new and various platforms. Through my unsupervised leadership and technical guidance, a Junior developer and I were able to successfully complete the prototype, populate the prototype with a subset of historical data, provided from the US Army Corps of Engineers,and provide our stakeholders with a usable tool that is currently being used to gather ice jam data for future Science. In addition we actively presented our findings and product at various stakeholder organized meetings and at the USGS Community of Data Integration (CDI) conference last June.

Lead Software Developer and Architect for National Federal Highways and Catchment Project, 2016 - 2018

Designed and built a cutting edge split catchment algorithm that splits a hydrologic catchment at ungaged locations and computes more than 700 different basin characteristics and aggregate the upstream characteristic with the associated upstream values for 14,000 USGS Surface Water locations.

Lead Software Developer for Water-Use Project, 2016 - 2018

Managed and collaborated between multiple state agencies to build a StreamStats Water-Use component that summarizes water use data by user defined watersheds.

Lead Software Developer and Project Manager for Iowa StreamEST, 2013 - 2016

Designed and developed the StreamEst application through the full software development lifecycle which provides an estimate of stream flow at any given geographic point on a stream in Iowa using statistical and physical models.

Lead Software Developer and Architect for USGS Short-Term Network (STN), 2012 - 2015

Led, designed, and built the hazard (hurricane landfall and riverine inundation) events response web services and database for long-term and retrieval (USGS Short-Term Network).

Lead Software Developer and Architect for Science in the Great Lakes, 2013 - 2015

Team lead and architect for the Science in the Great Lakes web system. Developed and coordinated with the Great Lakes researchers and managers to build an application to analyze monitoring and restoration activities by providing easy access to historical and on-going project metadata while allowing them to identifying gaps (spatially and topically)

Lead Software Developer and Architect for U.S. EPA Bulletins Live Two (BLT), 2012 - 2014

Designed and built of U.S. EPA Bulletins Live Two (BLT) U.S. EPA’s Endangered Species Protection Program (ESPP) web services.

Hydrologist/Lead Software for Scientific Investigations Section U.S. Geological Survey, Louisville, KY. 2009 – 2012

Lead Hydrologist and Developer of the Water Availability for Environmental Resources application (WATER). Collaborated with multiple scientific specialist, including Soil Scientists, Hydrologist, Groundwater Specialists, Geographers, and other Programmers to research and develop appropriate methods to accurately represent various physically based streamflow modeling approaches for the Kentucky Division of Water. Assisted other programmers to develop water quality and data analysis methods for the Texas Source-Water Assessment Plan (SWAP-DSS) application.

Hydrologist/Lead Software for Scientific Investigations Section U.S. Geological Survey, Louisville, KY. 2009 – Dec. 2012

Civil Engineer for Hydrologic Surveillance Section U.S. Geological Survey, Louisville, KY. Sept. 2007 – 2010

Responsible for actively collecting, analyzing and reporting on the physical characteristics of surface water to confirm data gathered at over nine USGS continuous surface water gages. Developed tasks to help implement new operational protocols to aid in collecting and analyzing USGS automated river stage and other data collecting monitors on a continuous basis.

Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering. University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. 2005 – Aug. 2007

Manage an in-stream research team to investigate and assess sediment transport in order to help watershed managers determine critical source areas in the watershed.

Education

Master of Science, Biological and Agricultural Engineering May. 2007  University of Idaho, Moscow and Boise, ID campus Focus: Fluvial Geomorphology, Sediment Transport, and Hydrology

Bachelor of Science, Biological Systems Engineering May. 2005 University of Idaho, Moscow, ID campus Focus: Hydrology/Environmental Engineering