Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies National Geospatial Advisory Committee
Brooks has served as the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary
Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University since 2005.
In this capacity, he acts as the department chair, reporting directly to the
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Brooks teaches at the
undergraduate and graduate levels, conducts sponsored research and development
activities, performs service to the University and profession, and administers
all aspects of the Center. Moreover, Mr. Brooks is responsible for the
creation of geospatially-oriented academic and training programs. In this
role, he has created the first master's degree program for geospatial
technologies accredited as an applied science (Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools). Mr. Brooks serves as the Chief Engineer at the Bolivar County
(MS) Volunteer Fire Department, where he has volunteered since 2005. In
addition, he has served in a variety of Emergency Services positions in both a
volunteer and career capacity since 1986. He was hired as an Instructor
at the National Fire Academy in 2011, serving as an instructor and course
developer. Mr. Brooks has been a career firefighter, volunteer
firefighter, medic, and a U.S. Army Reserve Medical Service Corps
Captain. Mr. Brooks has volunteered his services, time, and effort for
significant events and crises such as the April 2011 tornado outbreak in
Mississippi, the 2011 Mississippi flood, the 2011 Tohuku Tsunami, the 2010
Haiti earthquake, and Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, among many others.
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