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QCNR Alumni '81 Celebrates 40 years with USGS


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Ray receiving an award

Ray celebrating his 40th year work anniversary with USGS  Dir. James Reilly and Timothy Petty Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Dept of Interior

Ray Obuch, a QCNR Alumni ’81, celebrates an impactful and successful career of over 40 years with the USGS. Ray has been with the USGS Energy Program since 1985 supporting Energy related data and databases that are used in researching and assessing United State and International Oil and Gas Resources. Other work functions include data manager and subject matter expert for Oracle database software and ESRI’s ArcSDE Geodatabase (ArcGIS Server). Ray has supported the Open Data Initiative ( at the DOI Agency Level since 2009 as a USGS representative on the Department of Interiors Data Service Team which supports agency level enterprise data management.

Ray holds a B.S. Forestry, Utah State 1979, BS Watershed/Hydrology Utah State 1981, Masters Computer Information Systems, University of Denver, 1994. Over 33 years of science data management experience. 25 + years database experience.

To view Rays most recent publishing on the Department of the Interior metadata implementation guide – click here