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Christopher Angel

Christopher Angel

Research Assistant Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences

(CAST)-Center For Advanced Spatial Technologies

Phone: 479-575-2692

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Dr. Angel has over 12 years of experience in researching geospatial applications and software development in both the public and private sectors focusing on spatial data management, analytics, and distribution techniques for a wide variety of use cases, from simple applications to large scale photogrammetric workflows, such as Sunspot and the Corona Atlas. The majority of deliverables are developed with a mixture of techniques in python, GIS (qGIS, ArcGIS, OpenLayers, etc.), php, javascript, MySQL, PostgreSQL, or MongoDB. Recent endeavors are primarily related to fulfilling the Senior Technical Lead role at CAST with special attention to the development of Transmap Hub - a US DoT funded distributed platform providing a visual decision space for interest groups focusing on maritime transport in inland waterways. 

Dr. Angel completed his Ph.D. in 2017 in the Environmental Dynamics program at the University of Arkansas with funding initially provided by the King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies in conjunction with a Doctoral Academy Fellowship award and continued support from the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies.

Dissertation: 
Angel, C. C. (2017). The Spatial Ordering of Nabataea: An Integrated Analysis of the Geography, Architecture, and Morphology of Nabataean Petra. Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/2202

Dr. Angel has combined teaching experience, technical expertise in GIS, and theoretical background in the social sciences to become a well-rounded researcher in geography, geospatial engineering, and data analytics. His primary goals are to provide innovative methodologies and technologies to geographical and geospatial problems in the social sciences, support researchers by improving methodologies and developing robust data analytics platforms. He divides his expertise into three primary areas:

Technical: Collecting over 12 years of experience in geographic information systems (GIS) using ArcGIS and qGIS merged with various programming skills, especially in Python including a strong background in cartographic theory and visualization using ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator. In addition to real-world experience using these techniques, he has taught various courses in secondary and higher education in both cartography and GIS.
Recent focus has been placed on machine/deep learning applications for geospatial data.
Specific skills: ArcGIS 10.x (and Pro), qGIS, Python, PHP, Javascript, HTML5, MySQL, PostGIS, PostgreSQL, MongoDB, VueJs, and Adobe Illustrator

Theoretical: Throughout his graduate education, he become proficient in theoretical applications of urban and human geography with publications focusing on the small, urban center of Umm Sayhoun in southern Jordan and teaching a wide array of geography centric courses. During his PhD work, borrowing from his undergraduate education in history, he extended his research to include urban analysis of the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, also in southern Jordan focusing on developing a spatial methodology that combines technical/empirical approaches with theoretical investigations of space, place, and landscape.

Regional: Since 2007, he gained personal experience working within the Middle East and North Africa. In Jordan he have worked side-by-side with local professionals and leaders in various research and professional settings including consulting on best practices for localized, urban/cultural GIS management and teaching Introduction to Middle East Studies.

Introduction to Middle East Studies
Conservation of Natural Resources
Human Geography
Introduction to Cartography
Urban Geography: From the Classical to the Developing World
Geography of the Middle East & North Africa (visiting lecturer)
Urban Geography (visiting lecturer)
Regional Geography (visiting lecturer)

Ph.D., Environmental Dynamics, University of Arkansas

M.A., Geography, University of Arkansas

B.A., History, Arkansas Tech University

Angel, C. C. (2017). The Spatial Ordering of Nabataea: An Integrated Analysis of the Geography, Architecture, and Morphology of Nabataean Petra. Theses and Dissertations Retrieved from https://scholarworks.uark.edu/etd/2202

Paradise, T.R., C.C. Angel (2015). “Nabataean Architecture and the Sun: a landmark discovery using GIS in Petra, Jordan” ArcUser. Esri Press.
 
Angel, C.C. (2015). “Urbanization.” The Islamic World: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Society. M.E. Sharpe (accepted)
 
Angel, C.C. (2015). “Natural Resources.” The Islamic World: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Society. M.E. Sharpe (accepted)

Angel, C.C. (2015). “Jordan.” The Islamic World: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Society. M.E. Sharpe (accepted; forthcoming)
 
Angel, C.C. (2012). “Umm Sayhoun: Culture, History and Geography.” Archaeological Heritage Management at Petra: Drive to Development or Destruction. Springer Press: 105-118
 
Angel, C.C. (2011). “Umm Sayhoun: Geography and History of a Permanent Bedouin Settlement above Petra, Jordan” Annual of the Department of Antiquities of Jordan, ADAJ: 55.

2020 to present
Research Assistant Professor, Senior Technical Lead; Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, AR

2019 to 2020
Senior Software Engineer/Consultant, Kite-string Technical Services, Bentonville, Arkansas

2013 to 2019
Research Assistant, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Arkansas

2009 to 2016
Instructor, Department of Geosciences, University of Arkansas

2015
Instructor, King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies, University of Arkansas

2009 to 2013
Graduate Assistant, University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Arkansas, King Fahd Center for Middle East Studies

2008
GIS Analyst II, Benton County Assessor’s Office

2006
Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST), University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

2005
Secondary Social Studies Teacher, Russellville Junior High School, Russellville, Arkansas

2019 Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education – “Rising Above – Rohwer Reconstructed: Interpreting Place through Experience” website, Arkansas Preservation Awards

2017 Sir Richard Burton – Geographer of the Year, Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), University of Arkansas Chapter

2012 Exemplary Field Work – Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), University of Arkansas Chapter

2010 GIS Analyst of the Year – Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), University of Arkansas Chapter

2009 Cartographer of the Year – Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), University of Arkansas Chapter