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Department of Earth Environmental and Geospatial Sciences

Dellis Stanberry

Dellis StanberryCurrent location

  • Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA

Date of Graduation from Lehman

  • June 2005

Type of degree/major/specialization/certificate

  • Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GISc)
  • BA in Geography with a Minor in Computer Information Science

Subsequent degrees earned or in progress

  • MSc Geographic Information Science (GISc), September 2006, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • London, UK. Graduated with Merit

Title of thesis/dissertation/or capstone project

  • MSc GISc Thesis – “Developing a prototype of a multi-purpose, service based interactive web-based map of Jamaica”
  • Certificate GISc Capstone project – “Modeling Air Emissions from Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) Facilities and Estimating Potentially Affected Minority Population in Westchester County, NY” 

Positions held since graduating

GIS Analyst - New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), NY

Performed various GIS tasks for different departments utilizing Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, ArcGIS, ArcSDE, ArcCatalog and other ESRI product suites; Created various ArcReader applications for use in several different departments; Wrote/edited user manuals for ArcReader applications and Intranet Mapping Application; Created prototype GIS used to manage company space occupied in the building; Provided GIS technical support for various company employees.

GIS Technician - City of Lauderhill, FL

Carried out various utilities mapping; Managed the City’s fire hydrant and valve exercise project using Microsoft Access to build custom databases to incorporate in a third party asset management software; Created, edited and mapped the City’s water/waste water utilities using AutoCAD and ArcGIS; Created water/waste water/sewer map books to be used by crews within each division; Used DS Map Book extension to dynamically create map pages and generate index; Set up and managed hand held GPS devices used to collect various infrastructure such as utility poles, manholes, etc. within the City; Performed various GIS and mapping tasks for the city utilizing Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, ArcGIS, ArcSDE, ArcIMS, ArcCatalog and other ESRI product suites and extensions; Carried out various data creation for points, lines and polygon features by georeferencing, digitizing, projecting, and creating metadata; Created template base maps to be used for mapping requests from various city officials; Updated a custom ModelBuilder tool used to produce the City’s sex predator map; Created customized ArcReader application for the Police and Fire Departments using ArcPublisher extension; Wrote/edited user manuals for custom ArcReader and ArcMap applications; Created Fire Department map books to be used by Fire personnel in each fire truck; Used DS Map Book extension to dynamically create map pages and generate index; Updated ArborPro (tree inventory application built using ArcExplorer) with new data layers, and trained other City staff on the use of the software; Produced brochure with maps, photographs and other elements showcasing the City’s infrastructure using Microsoft Excel, ArcGIS, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator; Performed various database creation, manipulation, and editing tasks; Managed the US Census Bureau’s LUCA project using Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, and LUCA database software; Assisted the Police Department with their Microsoft Access database used to report crime statistics; Edited and populate SQL databases used to manage the City’s online application accessing scanned As-Built drawings. 

GIS Data Analyst - South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), FL

Edit and input spatial data using ArcGIS multi-user, versioned geodatabase in a customized Right of Way edit application in the Right of Way (ROW) Division; Used the District’s aerial photographs in conjunction with Google™ Street View, to assist in locating ROW Inventories such as power lines, sewer/water pipes crossing canals, docks and other ROW Inventories; Interpreted engineering plans and legal descriptions to determine correct spatial placement of ROW Inventories in ArcGIS, and to also determine the type of feature being permitted; Prepared spatial and aspatial data for incorporation in the District’s Google Earth™ application; Extracted Inventory data from ArcGIS using spatial queries; Performed various geoprocessing tasks to combine ROW spatial data and aspatial data from other District databases; Wrote documentation outlining the steps for processing and exporting the data for use in Google Earth; Liaison with GIS personnel from other departments/divisions; Trained and supervised other Data Analyst to carry out the necessary tasks to complete the project. 

Computer Support Analyst - Florida Department of Transportation, District Four Technology Services and Support Office (TSSO), FL

Installed and configured ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS Server versions 9.x and 10.x for District 4; Installed and configured District 4's Geographic Enterprise Framework (GEV) web application; Troubleshoot various GIS desktop and server related issues; Setup and Maintained SQL databases for GIS and CADD users in District 4. 

Roadway Inventory Coordinator - Florida Department of Transportation, District Four Maintenance Department, FL

Database Administrator for Cartegraph (Asset Management Software); SharePoint Administrator for District Maintenance sites, and coordinator for all District Operations eight (8) sites; Update various Maintenance Department GIS databases; Manage technical and GIS components of storm utilities inventory performed by consultants.

Specific accomplishments of which you are most proud

2002 - 2005 - I am most proud of having been a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center (NOAA-CREST) Fellow.  I learnt so much about conducting scientific research, and subsequently presenting findings.  It was a pleasure working with Dr Maantay and Dr Maroko.  

2012 - I found out from a colleague that the methodology of my Masters Thesis was incorporated as one of the weekly lecture topics for students at Birkbeck College, UK.   

2014 - I headed a team that has been nominated for the Prudential Productivity Award for saving the Agency $24,000 on ArcGIS licensing costs while I worked in the Technology Services and Support Office (TSSO) at the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).  A solution was found allowing users to change ArcGIS license levels without being given administrative rights using Windows 7.  The solution is being implemented Statewide as a standard for all ArcGIS users.  

Geography or GISc activities/accomplishments/awards/internships/publications

  • Mar 2005 to Aug 2006 - GIS Analyst (paid internship) at New York City Economic Development Corporation  (NYCEDC).
  • 2004 to 2005 - Lab Tutor  in the EGGS GIS laboratory.
  • Sept 2002 to June 2005 - GIS Research Assistant (as a NOAA/CREST Fellow). 
  • 2004 to 2005 - Created  and presented poster of research on Air Dispersion Model Selection and Adaptation for the Bronx Asthma and Air Pollution Project at Lehman's Sigma Xi meeting; University of Maryland, Eastern Shore; University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez; and other CUNYcampuses and Professional gatherings throughout New York City.
  • 2005 - Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society member.  
  • 2002 - 1st place winner in the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)
  • 2002 poster competition in the undergraduate division for showcasing research on Mapping Air Pollution and Asthma in the Bronx, New York City
  • Showcased in Lehman's Newsmaker article, in addition to being interviewed by local newspapers, and CUNY TV for the NOAA-CREST research on  the Correlation between Asthma and Air Pollution in the Bronx, NY

Comments on the EEGS Dept Program you were enrolled in

The Geography department and the GISc program prepared me for life as a GIS Professional.  The first time I realized how well the GISc coursework prepared me for the real world was when I had to help someone (who studied GIS at an Ivy League University) carry out basic spatial queries (select attributes by location), and the person was shocked that GISc was taught at Lehman!  That was a proud moment.

I was eternally grateful for the great map layout classes Dr Maantay taught while reading for the MSc at Birkbeck College.  I could concentrate on the principles being taught, and produce excellent maps to display results.

I would DEFINITELY recommend the Geography and GISc specialization at Lehman College to anyone looking for a first rate education in Geography or GISc.

What else have you been up to?

I am married, and have a six year old bundle of joy baby girl.  I enjoy reading, hanging out with my daughter, and keeping up with various scientific (especially GIS related) happenings.