As Senior Architect of Data Services, Alva oversees the architecture of the data services CUAHSI provides, including the architecture of the HydroShare system for hydrologic data sharing and its linkages with the existing CUAHSI Hydrologic Information System. Prior to joining CUAHSI, Alva was and remains and Associate Professor of Computer Science at Tufts University. He has been with CUAHSI since 2009 when he was asked to consult on the Ontology project. Since then, Alva has undertaken multiple consulting roles, including the initial design of CUAHSI’s Water Data Center. Alva holds a S.B. in Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Mathematics from Tufts University. Alva is a man of many talents: a long-distance bicycle tourist and tandem rider, plays multiple musical instruments, including banjo and harp, and is currently studying Tai Chi Chuan.
Fun Fact: Alva graduated from North Carolina School of Arts with a high school diploma in Bassoon performance. He had a choice of a music or science career – he chose science.