Alan Glennon

Computational Geographer and Entrepreneur

Former Research Associate, Center for Spatial Studies

Alan Glennon is a computational geographer and entrepreneur. He currently evaluates startups, advising founders and angel investing.

He earned his Ph.D. in 2013 at the UCSB Department of Geography under Michael Goodchild investigating spatial computation and geographically embedded networks. Glennon has worked with and studied networks in geography for over two decades, starting with field research to map cave and karst watersheds.

In 1999, Glennon co-founded and worked as assistant director for the WKU Hoffman Environmental Research Institute, a laboratory dedicated to applied research on human interaction with karst landscapes. Later, in 2008 when Mike Goodchild founded UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies, Glennon worked as the center’s first graduate researcher—developing a spatial lunch series, numerous software workshops, a weekly help desk, and its lightning talks event. From 2015 to 2017, Glennon was co-founder and CEO of transportation logistics software company Arogi.

During his tenure at the Center for Spatial Studies, Glennon provided research and development consulting services to the university community. He administered the Center’s spatial help desk, met with faculty and students to advise on geospatial integration, organized lunch discussions, hosted an after-hours coding group, delivered GIS lectures and talks, and led applied workshops. Glennon received a B.S. from Texas A & M University, and an M.S. in Geoscience at Western Kentucky University.