Jackson Welsh is a Software Engineer with New Light Technologies (NLT). He supports many projects at NLT from an operations and maintenance perspective. His primary focus here is consolidating the company’s services into our managed cloud environment to ensure a controlled, flexible, and secure environment for our customers.
He supports a variety of NLT clients, including SpatialFocus and the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). With SpatialFocus, he is developing a web map for their street address repository management system, migrating that platform from an ArcMap extension over to Vue.js, an open-source web framework. On behalf of the USACE, he is overhauling their USMART survey system, migrating it from a legacy on-prem system to a cloud-native Progressive Web Application in React. The goal is to enable both online and offline usage for contractors in the field while still maintaining integrity of data collected.
Jackson is also the lead developer of the Geo4Dev website. This website consolidates freely available geospatial resources for analysts, primarily focused around developing countries. This includes the design, development, and deployment of a public contribution pipeline, allowing any user to contribute to the platform in a safe way, ensuring all contributions are reviewed before becoming publicly accessible.
A lot of what Jackson knows about coding was self-taught. He learned Python on his own while he was in middle school. Jackson is currently an undergrad student at the University of North Texas (Denton) and was an independent computer science tutor both in person and on Wyzant for just over a year before his role with NLT.