Alex was the lead developer for the Global Impact Study public access inventory web tool. He was also the software developer for the Global Impact Study Inventory Web Application and the Web Library. Through his experience designing and building data-driven, web-accessible server applications, he has become a partisan of open-source software, both for pragmatic reasons and also as an alternative economic and social model. Alex is a software engineer by experience rather than formal education; currently in the Built Environment Ph.D. (architectural history) at the University of Washington, he holds an M.S. in architecture (history/theory) from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in political theory from Michigan State University.