Dr. Hayes is involved in the LESAM Laboratory as the Associate Director. In this role he is responsible for project management, client and stakeholder liaison, data management, quality assurance, report and proposal writing, workshop training, as well as local IT support for the lab computers.
Dr. Hayes, a certified GIS professional, is an expert ArcGIS database designer and programmer analyst with a strong educational background in GIS theory and design. His expertise involves designing data management systems, developing applications and implementing creative data conversion methodologies for a wide range of applications including watershed management for erosion and flood control, sewer collection systems, water distribution, oil and gas exploration, disaster debris cleanup, flood routing, air dispersion models, watershed erosion modeling, building inspections, facilities management, parcel data management, cemetery management, and vehicle routing systems.
Dr. Hayes has worked primarily with the ESRI suite of products and has developed integrated solutions with CAD, legacy database systems (AS400), and other third-party utilities tied to GIS products. His creative thinking coupled with over 30 years of practical experience gives him a unique perspective on designing and deploying practical, scalable GIS solutions. As a previously certified ESRI trainer and adjunct professor at SUNY Buffalo, Dr. Hayes has shared his knowledge with hundreds of GIS users.
Dr. Hayes went back to school for his Ph.D. later in life after acquiring many years of practical hands-on experience applying GIS to solve social, environmental and business problems. His consulting experience spans a wide gamut with organizations ranging from small municipal government agencies to enterprise-wide GIS implementation for major corporations. His primary focus is helping project stakeholders and students understand and identify their GIS application and data needs and to develop workable implementation plans.