Prof. Drake Sprague

Prof. Drake Sprague, M.A.

Instructor in GeoMission
People Group Research Specialist
International Experience:  Panama, Mexico, USA     

 

Education

  • Master of Arts, Geological & Earth Sciences / Geosciences, Florida Atlantic University
  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Marketing, Villanova University 

Master's Thesis

  • A Regression Model for Predicting Percent Built-up Land Cover from Remotely Sensed Imagery of Pucallpa, Peru (developed while investigating methods of inferring human population estimates from moderate resolution LANDSAT satellite imagery in context of informal urbanization trends in the Amazon Basin)

Certifications 

  • Geographic Information Systems Advanced (GIS) Certificate, Florida Atlantic University  
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), Language Exchange International
  • Effective Negotiating, KARRASS

Academic Experiences

  • Adjunct Professor, Geosciences, Florida Atlantic University  
  • Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant, Geosciences, Florida Atlantic University
  • Presenter, Association of American Geographers

Teaching Specializations

  • Introduction to GIS Applications
  • Programming in GIS 
  • Geographic Analysis of Population
  • Geographic Studies in Land Use and International Development

GIS Project Experiences

  • Mapping Mexico's Linguistic Diversity: a Map of the Indigenous Languages of Oaxaca State, Mexico.
  • Using DMSP/OLS and LandScan Data to Estimate Population in Pucallpa, Peru
  • Amazon Tribal Village Mapping Project, Loreto Department, Peru

Ministry & Professional Experiences

  • South America Research Coordinator, Amazon & Lowland Tribal Empowerment Coalition (ALTECO), Panama
  • Geographic Research Consultant, ETNOPEDIA.ORG, Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico / Panama City, Panama 
  • Site Intelligence Analyst, NextEra Energy Resources (Wind Resources Group), North Palm Beach, FL
  • Technical Consultant (TEKSystems contractor), North Palm Beach, FL
  • GIS Analyst (Student Paraprofessional), Palm Beach County Department of Planning, Zoning & Building, West Palm Beach, FL
  • Administrator, Places of Hope International, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
  • Field Missionary / Field Team Leader, Christ Fellowship, South America, Southeast Asia, USA
  • Account Executive, Business Sales, Sprint Nextel, West Palm Beach, FL

Professional Memberships

  • Evangelical GIS Society, Unreached People Groups Section Co-Chair
  • American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS)
  • Florida Society of Geographers (FSG)
  • Southeast Division of the Association of American Geographers (SEDAAG)

Languages

  • English: Native Proficiency
  • Spanish: Professional Working Proficiency