After graduating from Frostburg State University with a degree in geography/cartography, Rob has been involved with the creation and dissemination of maps and data for many decades. After starting his career in the local government sector, he transitioned his experience with emergency preparedness from Fairfax County, VA, into the Federal realm and became involved with situational awareness mapping and emergency preparedness within the Department of Health & Human Services. Becoming the first Geospatial, Integration, Analysis and Visualization Branch Chief for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within the Security, Intelligence and Information Management (SIIM) Division and has done so for the past 15 years. Rob has moved the use of geospatial data from static images sent to the field via e-mail to dynamic viewers and online applications that are used by many departments within HHS. The Geospatial Branch has also coordinated with federal partners and nongovernmental organizations to coordinate and collaborate with HHS for planning, preparedness, response and recovery from man-made events and the unplanned events of nature and man. Recently he has become the first Chief GIO for ASPR and continues to demonstrate his drive to enable access and share data with the Department and throughout the Federal, State and Local health community.
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