Christian Ariza-Porras

Data Architect

Christian Fernando Ariza Porras is the Data Architect at The Water Institute of the Gulf working on date management and data analysis. Christian works to apply his academic background and the experiences gained as a technical lead, advisor, researcher, and developer to help organizations get value from data.

Christian is a Databricks Certified Associate Developer for Apache Spark 2.4 with Python 3. He is a skilled programmer in python, java, and shell scripting, with some previous experience in other languages. His interests include information engineering, big data, linked data, software architecture, and creative problem solving.

Christian experience includes a platform based on the Open Data Cube to allow analysts from several Colombian environmental agencies access and process Analysis Ready Data, centralizing the common preparation steps and ensuring the lineage tracking to enforce reproducibility and reusability of the results.

At the Water Institute, Christian is working on some of the Water Institute’s largest projects including Louisiana Watershed Initiative, Texas General Land Office river basin flood study, and SmartPort.