Ilya got into web development in the mid-90's after first peering into the Internet through Netscape Navigator 2.0. His first full-time programming job was at a venture capital firm behind several energy startups and the first broadband provider in Washington DC. The next big revelation came in 2001 when he stumbled upon web mapping at USDA. Ilya has been immersed in geospatial technology ever since. A vocal advocate of open architecture and open source, Ilya has led development and consulting projects with numerous commercial companies as well as federal, state and municipal agencies. While at Lockheed Martin, Ilya supported geospatial R&D programs and strategic initiatives with the OGC. Before joining OpenGeo, Ilya managed the geospatial software group at a premier civil engineering firm.
Ilya lives in Maryland with his wife, children and a Taylor acoustic. He is sometimes spotted debating in Russian with his kids, rollerblading and cherry-picking graduate courses in spatial analysis and statistics. He holds degrees in Electronic Media Arts and Management Science.