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Voinovich School welcomes Rob Delach as new senior geospatial manager

Daniel Kington
November 18, 2016

Rob Delach joined the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs as senior geospatial manager on November 14. Delach will manage all aspects of the Voinovich School’s geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis program and provide leadership and strategic planning to the School regarding the use of spatial data to support ongoing projects and goals.

Delach received an associates of science from Monroe Community College and a bachelor’s in environmental and forest biology from State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Then, as a graduate assistant at SUNY, he studied the effects of gas pipeline construction on vegetative communities, small mammals and birds, which involved statistical and geospatial analysis. This represented Delach’s first significant experience in geospatial analysis, a skillset that he continued to develop through a variety of positions in the late ‘90s and early 2000s, in which he mapped bird territories, used GIS data to delineate wetlands and monitor various wildlife communities, created and managed GIS databases for geological and biological field work projects and conducted spatial analyses of pollution in the Upper Midwest US.

In 2000, Delach began work with the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia, where he remained until 2011. During his time there, Delach increasingly took on more responsibility and program oversight, eventually managing geospatial technologies across all levels of the organization. Delach left the agency in 2011 to become geographic information systems project manager with Dewberry Consultants LLC, where he managed more than 30 GIS projects.

“In the more than ten years I was with the National Guard, I learned that commitment to the success of the mission was all important, and that helping to make a difference in the lives of citizens also makes the work rewarding on a personal level,” Delach said.

Delach has been trained in a variety of GIS technologies and is a member of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) professional GIS organization. He is also a certified computer technician.

“GIS was originally developed to help better manage natural resources and solve environmental problems,” Delach said. “In the intervening decades, GIS and geospatial analysis have been applied to almost every facet of human endeavor in an attempt to help make sense of our complex world, including economic development, transportation and land use planning, climate resiliency and renewable energy, land management, and related scientific research, to name a few. As the senior geospatial manager at the Voinovich School, I hope to enhance and expand the school's GIS capabilities and use of geospatial technology in its work with partners at Ohio University, in southeast Ohio, and across the rest of the state to ultimately improve the lives of citizens of the State of Ohio and the Appalachian region.”

When he is not working, Delach enjoys birding, road and trail bicycling, hiking, backpacking and camping.