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Blake A Draper

Blake Draper is a Software Developer with the Web Informatics and Mapping (WIM) team at the Upper Midwest Water Science Center.


I have dedicated my career in the USGS to serving our mission of delivering actionable intelligence on Earth systems to relevant decision makers. I have always enjoyed working to promote and deliver USGS science through development of timely, useful, and intuitive web application and web service products.

My work is primarily client-side, developing web apps in Javascript/Typescript and the Angular framework. I also work on system administration and technology infrastructure maintenance for the WIM team. Much of my work requires configuring server environments and preparing GIS data for use in web services. My professional goal is to create useful, intuitive data visualization and data management products that advance and promote USGS science.

Professional Experience

  • Serve as lead developer and project manager for multi-year software development cycles

  • Interface with clients/cooperators to gather requirements, and present and manage development feedback

  • Author project proposals, technology specifications and software documentation

  • Lead efforts within team to implement standards and best practices approaches to agile collaborative development, workflow optimization, software testing, deployment pipelines, and software release cycles

  • Onboard, mentor and support junior developers with administrative and technical guidance

  • Assist in strategic decision-making for my team’s technology stack and software architecture planning as part of the Senior Dev Team

Education and Certifications

  • GIS Certificate, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012

  • M.A., Florida State University - International Affairs, 2009

  • B.A., Florida State University - International Affairs, 2007

Science and Products