Delach , Rob
Senior Geospatial Manager
Building 22, Room 207

Rob Delach joined the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs in 2016 as senior geospatial manager. Delach manages all aspects of the Voinovich School’s geographic information systems (GIS) and geospatial analysis program and provides leadership and strategic planning to the School regarding the use of spatial data to support ongoing projects and goals.

Delach received an associate of science from Monroe Community College in 1990 and a bachelor’s degree 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 a spatial analysis of ground water pollution.

In 2000, Delach began work with the National Guard in Arlington, Va., where he remained until 2011. For the first five years of his time with the National Guard, Delach served as GIS manager for the Army National Guard training division, developing National Guard-wide GIS policies and guidelines, conducting relevant GIS analysis and creating and maintaining GIS programs to support the National Guard’s Sustainable Range Program. Delach took on more responsibility and program oversight in 2005 when he was promoted to GIS manager of the National Guard Bureau Joint Operations. In 2007, Delach became program manager of domestic operations, managing GIS programming for operations within the U.S. and providing support for domestic response and recovery missions. Delach took his final position with the agency in 2008, when he began managing geospatial technologies across all levels of the organization. Delach left the agency in 2011 to take his most recent position as geographic information systems project manager with Dewberry Consultants LLC, where he managed more than 30 GIS projects.

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.

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

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