David Attaway

10411 Layton Hall Dr. Fairfax, VA 22030



To use the skills and knowledge I possess in Geography and GIS to add value to a growth-oriented company in exceeding their goals and objectives.


George Mason University
PhD – Earth Systems and Geoinformation Science (GGS)
May 2012
Cumulative GPA: 3.79

University of Texas at Dallas
Masters in Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Thesis: Measuring the effect of the Mountain Pine Beetle
(MPB) in Colorado using Logistic Regression
May 2009
Cumulative GPA: 3.667

University of Texas at Dallas
Honors B.A. Geography - GIS Certificate (Fast Track)
May 2007
Cumulative GPA: 3.696


- Graduated with Honors
- The National Dean’s List
- Dean’s Honor Roll
- Alpha Lambda Delta (Grades Honor’s Fraternity)
- Association of American Geographers
- ASPRS member: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
- Collegiate All-American Scholar Award
- National Society of Collegiate Scholars
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes

GIS EXPERIENCE and Work Experience:

MDA Information Systems September 2010 – Present
Post-Processing Manager (2010 Geocover LC) – Geospatial Analyst II
Headed up the Finalization and Mosaicing process for the 2010 Geocover LC Project. Managed, maintained, and established the process and systems used in creating geodatabases and imagery in a deliverable format for the contracting government agency.

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) June 2010 – August 2010
Assistant Associate Professor
Taught a fundamental course relating to GIS basics which included the foundations of GIS, the rudimentary statistics involved in GIS, the glossary of terms associated with GIS, and the process of mapping / performing spatial analysis using GIS. This course was an introduction to spatial thinking, in which students apply geographic concepts using computerized tools. Students were introduced to and master PC operations such as file management, network access and data storage. The course also covers basic geographic concepts and how these concepts may be examined with a Geographic Information System. Applications of GIS range from the electoral process, to environmental issues, land use, public health, and marketing. This introductory course as well will be integrating theory with hands-on manipulation of data (using ESRI’s ArcGIS) to solve real-world problems. This essential course highlighted the key points to creating GIS Materials, understanding to concepts, and formulating analysis in the GIS Community. This course allowed for students / high school teachers to get the basic understandings of GIS in order to incorporate the learning they receive into core curriculum class structures as well as receive dual credit from college courses.

George Mason University August 2009 – August 2010
Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)
Worked with ArcInfo, SAS, SPSS, and other statistical programs to infer the correlations between the numerical numbers and the data being represented. Analyzed vast amounts of data for a research grant furnished by the GSA (Government Services Agency) and formulated a process the GSA can use in deciding where to put future buildings and service locations. As well and formulating a vast amount of literature research for professors and creating literature review packages that will allow for them to increase the speed at which the written component of their literature analysis sections of their published papers. Additionally, formulated the literature analysis into a manner that allowed for new ideas to be highlighted and expanded upon through the research of both the professor and myself. Currently work is focused on the publishing of three potential papers (Refering to Epidemilogical / Health Issues) in which I will be the second or third author. As well as two additional potential publishing’s (GIS Analysis / SPSS) by different professors at the University.

N3 Real Estate LLC June 2008 – April 2009
Research Specialist / GIS Director
Worked with ArcInfo, ESRI Business Analyst, SAS, and Aerial Express. Created Analysis Packages (Aerials, Demographic Reports, and Site Selection Maps). Formulated a program with ESRI Business Analyst to create “VOID Analysis Report” packages for each client using VB script. Created thematic maps for various styles and brands of each company. Maintained our company’s demographic and mapping server. Conducted analysis for numerous companies to determine ideal locations and areas for development. Preserved the aerial server, created excel database reports, and maintained the companies market profiles. Extensively researched existing companies, sought out future companies, and conducted individual analysis of key demographic criteria for each company we dealt with using SAS or other statistical programs.

City of Grand Prairie October 2006 – June 2008
GIS Analyst
Worked extensively with ArcInfo, Excel, and GPS Equipment (Trimble GeoXT). Possess capabilities with Aerial photographs to convert data into a form able to construct site and locational analysis. Created thematic mapping of surfaces as well as digitizing information for database conversion. Maintained the City subdivision layer by converting aerial drawings into a useable shapefile format. Maintained the City of Grand Prairies water, sewer, and storm drain projects through digitization and verification of structural integrity (digitization). Preserved the water meter server, created maps, created a Historical city layer for Grand Prairie. Extensively researched for a City Tree Survey, Water Meters, and helped with a city project to implement GIS into the South Grand Prairie High School. Worked on designing and updating the HWY 161 Corridor in preparation for implementation of the new highway by TXDOT.

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