My research examines how decision-makers can make use of “smart city” infrastructure, big data analytics, and connected citizens to better plan and manage sustainable cities.

  • Dennis Linders
  • Gov't Data Scientist &
    PhD Candidate
  • University of Maryland
  • Data-Smart Government
  • Rockville, Maryland
  • dlinders [at]


  • CountyStat Analyst2014 - Present

    Offices of the Montgomery County Executive

    Helping local government use data to improve performance and solve problems, including in the areas of customer service excellence, e-government, sustainability, community analytics, and services to seniors and immigrants. Montgomery County provides the full range of government services to over 1 million diverse residents, including in such thriving urban areas as Bethesda and Silver Spring.

  • Visiting Scholar2013 - 2014

    Singapore Internet Research Centre, NTU

    Conducted case studies for dissertation that examine how Singapore and other leading cities are leveraging smart city infrastructure, big data analytics, and open information systems to promote integrated planning and action on environmental sustainability — across agencies, sectors, and neighborhoods.

  • Urban Development Specialist, JPA2011 - 2013

    The World Bank, Sustainable Development

    Helped develop and then coordinate the plans, strategies, and messaging for flagship collaborative initiatives under the World Bank’s Open Knowledge Platform on Urbanization in partnership with over 20 external institutions from across the globe. Initiatives included a “Mayor’s Dashboard” using open city data; a global “learning lab” on metropolitan strategic planning; a public-private Partnership for Sustainable Cities; and influential global and country-level urbanization analytical studies. Also represented the World Bank at international conferences on smart and sustainable cities and helped organize workshops on urban metrics.

  • Research Fellow, IT Strategic Planning2008 - 2011

    Logistics Management Institute

    Served in the highly selective young professionals program at LMI, a trusted, not-for-profit strategic consultancy dedicated to the advancement of government management. Supported a range of government clients in the areas of IT modernization and strategic planning, enterprise architecture, open government, and knowledge management. Provided key contributions to the U.S. General Services Administration’s IT Modernization effort and helped manage the travel industry's premier data standards body, OpenTravel.

  • Virtual Student Foreign Service2011

    U.S. State Department, eDiplomacy Unit

    Assisted the e-Diplomacy Team in exploring new opportunities to leverage social media to advance U.S. diplomacy as one of the first members of this innovative Open Government program.

  • IT + eCommerce Trade Graduate Intern2007

    U.S. International Trade Administration, Dep. of Commerce

    Managed many of the day-to-day operations of the critical US-EU Safe Harbor Privacy Framework to promote cross-border data-flows and assisted with launch of new Digital Media Team.

  • Teaching Assistant, Statistics2006 - 2008

    University of Maryland, School of Public Policy

    Taught the best-attended discussion section of core graduate-level Public Policy statistics course.

  • Software Developer + UX Designer2004 - 2006

    AutoQuotes, Inc.

    Provided critical contributions from start to finish as part of a six-person team in the development of an internet-powered project collaboration suite used by over 20,000 customers worldwide.

  • Electronic Trading Systems Manager2002 - 2003

    Fennec Momentum Fund

    Managed the complex algorithm-based day-trading systems for $3-4 million fund, optimized allocations, and assessed performance.


  • Ph.D. Information Science2009 - Current

    University of Maryland, School of Information

    Research centered on data-driven public administration, particularly within the domains of Smart Cities, Open Government, and ICT for Development.

  • M.P.P. Public Policy2006 - 2008

    University of Maryland, School of Public Policy

    Coursework specialization in international economic policy, international development, and ICT-facilitated public administration. Master thesis entitled "Surfing the People: Tapping into the citizenry's collective intelligence to combat corruption in China" (A+).

  • B.A. Economics + B.A. Int'l Relations2001 - 2003

    University of Florida

    Dual degrees in economics and regional studies as well as extensive coursework in computer science and a minor in business administration.


  • Strategic Planning

  • E-Government

  • International Development

  • Smart Cities

  • Open Government + Open Data

  • Environmental Sustainability

  • Urbanization

  • Citizen-Sourcing

  • (Big) Data Analytics

  • Enterprise Architecture

  • Performance Management

  • Knowledge Management

  • Data Standards

  • Proposal Writing + Presentations


  • Microsoft.NET + C#

  • STELLA/iThink


  • Excel Analytics

  • PowerPoint + Prezi

  • IBM Rational System Architect

  • Visio

  • SharePoint + WP + Drupal + MediaWiki

  • Java

  • HTML + JavaScript



  • Dutch (native)

  • Spanish

  • Mandarin Chinese

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Contact info

  • PhD Candidate
  • UMD School of Information
  • College Park, Maryland

  • CountyStat Analyst
  • Montgomery County Exec Office
  • 255 Rockville Pike L-10
  • Rockville, MD 20850

  • Email: dlinders [at]
  • Skype: dxlinders