Harold R House


Harry House currently supports the efforts of the USGS to migrate information systems into the Cloud.


Harry House received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.  He began his career with the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission (SEWRPC) as a staff engineer on the Milwaukee Harbor Estuary Study in 1982.  He subsequently joined the USGS in the Wisconsin WSC in 1985.  His initial work entailed collecting field data for FEMA flood studies, and computing flood elevations in backwater models.  In 1987, he took a leave from the USGS to spend a winter-over in McMurdo Station, Antarctica, as a field engineer with ITT Corporation.  After returning to the USGS, he worked on various field projects for the WSC, including PCB monitoring in the great lakes.  In 1994, he returned to the Antarctic with the USGS under the auspicies of the McMurdo LTER Study in the Dry Valleys.  In that role, he acted as the team lead for the glacial meltwater stream monitoring network for the next five years.  After leaving that program, he became increasingly involved in developing technologies to web-enable database systems for various customers from his position within the Wisconsin WSC.  Over the subsequent decade, his team grew in size and scope to the point where has been assimilated under the auspices of the Office of Water Information. The Center for Integrated Data Analytics, or CIDA, as it is known, is dedicated to the deployment of high-end information technology products to enhance data storage and access methods against natural resource datasets.  CIDA partners include various other USGS entities, as well as various local, state, national and international agencies.  He resigned from the Directorship of CIDA in 2013, to make himself available for other assignments to further the Bureau's mission.

In his other life, Harry has had the good fortune to experience many outdoor-based outings that have provided opportunities to step back from the world of high-technology, and the demands that accompany it.  Some of his most memorable escapes have included circumnavigating Iceland in a sea kayak; kayaking in the Aleutian Islands; paddling dugout canoes in the Solomon Islands, riding horses in Chile; and soloing for 200 days with three camels in the Australian desert.