Welcome to my online portfolio

Across the top, you can find the nav bar showing everything you should ever want or need to know

Please check back regularly for updates, as I'm always producing more content in class (as well as teaching myself Python and brushing up on my PHP with what freetime I can find.)

If it was still 1998, this is where I'd put a GIF of a stick man with a shovel and a banner saying "UNDER CONSTRUCTION".

Tell us about yourself:

My name is Andrew McGuire. I was born in Indiana, grew up in Iowa, and now live in Minnesota on a small acreage with my wife and infant daughter.

What's your background?

I went to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where I got a Bachelor's in history, with minors in math and geography. After that, I spent a year living in Dublin, Ireland while I got my Master's in Irish history. A few odd jobs here and there followed- teaching English in Prague, driving a Zamboni in Buffalo, taking care of dogs in Austin, and selling bike racks in Minneapolis. Tired of the odd jobs, I decided I was going to go back to school for my Associates degree in GIS, which I'm completeing in Summer 2017.

Why GIS?

I pursued history because it was something I was passionate about, but without real consideration for job prospects. Determined not ot make that mistake again, I took a long think about what would be marketable and would be enjoyable. I looked at the bookshelf where my wife and I keep our globe collection and it hit me - I love computer programming and I love maps. Remembering a GIS class I took in undergrad, I decided it was a path I wanted to pursue. Why shouldn't I seek a career combining to things I love so much.

What do you like to do in your free time?

For the last 10 years, I've been a fairly committed rugby player. I've had the privledge of playing for 4 teams across three countries. But time catches up to us all. I've started to transition to high school coaching to stay involved with the sport, but without the trouble getting out of bed Sunday morning. As I mentioned, we live on a small acreage. There are plenty of projects to keep us busy, and we're preparing to get some animals. Chickens and a dog are high on the list, plus something like a hog or sheep possibly down the line.

Do you have a resume available?

A PDF is available here


John Muir Trail

Hiking on the John Muir Trail

My first GIS assignment


Predicted Areas of High Landslide Risk

Using table data to make predictions


Bike Parking At Wrigley Field

Fall Semester Final


Minnesota Weather Trends

Multi-map display


Georeferenced Dublin



Georeferenced Northern Ireland



COGO (Coordinate Geometry)

QGIS Plugins


These are things I've done just for practicing my skills or because I thought it'd be cool. A lot of these are just proof-of-concept to see if I could do it. Please keep this in mind, as the code is probably a bit clunkier that it might otherwise be if I was wanting to polish this up.

Please click on any project to learn more about it and visit a live demo.


Hold Steady Ipsum

Generate filler text from Hold Steady lyrics



Browser-based podcast player & manager


Mario Sprite

Crude imitation of Mario

Hold Steady Quiz

Hold Steady Quiz

A quick quiz based on Hold Steady lyrics


Python Geocoder

Transforming web data into a map via Python


I look foward to hearing from you. Please feel free to contact me by any of the methods here