Lieutenant Colonel (U.S. Army) Ian Irmischer
Director of Geosciences
LTC Irmischer is a career Engineer officer in the US Army where he has supervised and managed combat and geospatial engineering at all levels. LTC Irmischer is an Engineer officer with operational deployments to Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. As a combat engineer company commander during OIF1, his company secured the city of Baqubah, Iraq. In Afghanistan he managed an Engineer Company, Military Intelligence Company, Signals Company, MP Company and Chemical Platoon to secure Jalalabad and support operations in northeast Afghanistan. Additionally, he has supervised geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) operations while deployed to Baqubah, Iraq (2003) and Jalalabad, Afghanistan (2012). LTC Irmischer develops future Air Force officers through courses in geospatial information science, geospatial intelligence and military geospatial operations. His research interests include 3D geospatial data modeling derived from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), human movement modeling, sports analytics, and terrain analysis algorithms.
PhD Geography (2016), University California Santa Barbara
Primary course work: Geographic Information Systems, Computational Modeling
Thesis: “Space, Time, and Energy of Dismounted Navigation”
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Keith C. Clarke
MA Geography (2006), University California Santa Barbara
Primary course work: Geographic Information Systems
Thesis: “An Examination of Line of Sight Algorithm Error”
Thesis Advisor: Dr. Keith C. Clarke
M.Sc. Engineering Management (2001) University Missouri Rolla
B.Sc. Chemical Engineering (1996) Tulane University
Director of the Center for Environmental and Geographic Sciences, USMA (2016-18)
Division Engineer, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI (2013)
Deputy Division Engineer, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, HI (2012)
Brigade Engineer and Facilities Manager, 3BCT, 25th Infantry Division, Jalalabad, Afghanistan (2012)
Battalion Operations Officer and Executive Officer, 3BSTB, 25th Infantry Division, Jalalabad, Afghanistan (2011-12)
Resident Command and General Staff Course (CGSC) (2010-11)
Instructor and Assistant Professor, United States Military Academy, West Point New York, (2006-09)
Bravo Company Commander, 588th Engineer Battalion (M), 4th Infantry
Division, Baqubah, Iraq (2003-04)
Geospatial Analysis Officer, 2nd BCT, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas (2003)
Commander, 610th Engineer Detachment (Topo), Fort Hood, Texas, 2002.
Executive Officer, B Company, 40th Engineer Battalion, 1st Armor Division, Camp Bedrock, Bosnia (1998-99)
Terrain Analysis Officer, 2-6 Infantry Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armor Division, Tuzla, Bosnia (1998)
Five years teaching experience with the Department of Geography and
Environmental Engineering, United States Military Academy:
Course Director, GEO , Geographic Information Systems
Course Director, EV398, Geographic Information Systems
Course Director, EV378, Cartography
Instructor, EV203, Physical Geography
Instructor, EV489A, Independent Study
Instructor, MX400, Officership
Honors & Awards
Omar N. Bradley Research Fellowship in Mathematics (FY 2016)
Advanced Civil Schooling Appointment, U.S. Army – PhD in Geographic
Information Science (2013)
Bronze de Fleury Medal (2013)
Geospatial Engineer Officer Additional Skill Identifier (W2), 2013
Space Activities Additional Skill Identifier (3Y) (2009)
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geography & Environmental Engineering, United States Military Academy (2008)
Instructor, Department of Geography & Environmental Engineering, United States Military Academy (2006)
Fully Funded Masters Degree (University California Santa Barbara), U.S. Army (2004)
Bronze Star (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Army Commendation Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster)
Distinguished Military Graduate, U.S. Army ROTC, Tulane University, (1996)
$35,800 funded by Army Geospatial Center (AGC), “Review of Current Algorithm for Energy Expenditures.” (2014)
$20,000 funded by the Topographic Engineer Center (TEC), “Terrain
Ian J. Irmischer & Keith C. Clarke (2018) Measuring and modeling the speed of human navigation, Cartography and Geographic Information Science, 45:2, 177-186, DOI: 10.1080/15230406.2017.1292150
Schmidt, D.W., I. Irmischer, C. Jensen, A. Khan-Hernandez, M. Peeler, M. Shafer. 2010. Technical Report for Secretary of Defense – National Security Implications of Climate Change. U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Fleming, S., I. Irmischer, D. Roux, B. Boxler, A. Moomin, A. Paulo, M. Seese, L. Summerlin, and S. Vaughn. 2009. Field Technical Report – TRTC and YTC Test Site Characterization, Mapping and Imaging, Center for Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
Fleming, S., T. Baker, H. Didier, N. Dieter, I. Irmischer, M. Lewis, E. McAllister and L. McBride. 2008. Field Technical Report – Test Site Characterization, Mapping and Imaging, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY and GIS Cell, G3 – Operations, Yuma Proving Ground, Yuma, AZ.
Krakowka, Amy R. and Hummel, Laurel J. (2009) Understanding Africa: A Geographic Approach. Carlisle, Pennsylvania: Center for Strategic Leadership United States Army War College.
Irmischer, I.(2015) Space, Time, and Energy in Dismounted Navigation. Human Mobility, Cognition, and Geographic Information Science, Copenhagen, DE, Nov, 9, 2015.
Irmischer, I. (2015) Individual Differences That Affect Navigational
Performance. Annual Meeting of American Association of Geographers, Chicago, IL, April, 20, 2015.
Irmischer, I., (2014) The Energy of Dismounted Navigation. Colloquium Lecture Series, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, December, 2014.
Irmischer, I., (2014) Google's Geo-Tools for Research & the Classroom. Spatial Technology Lecture Series, University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, November, 2014.
Irmischer, I., Lytle, D., (2009) Web-based Thematic Cartography Instruction: Methods and Assessment. Annual Meeting of American Association of Geographers, Las Vegas, NV, March, 2009.
Irmischer, I., (2008) Teaching Cartography Through Distance Learning. ESRI Education User Conference, San Diego, CA, August, 2008.
Irmischer, I., Hendricks, M.., (2008) A Faculty Development Model for Using Geographic Tools in the Classroom. Annual Meeting of American Association of Geographers, Boston, MA, April, 2008.
Irmischer, I., (2007) Volunteered Geographic Information Uses for National Security. Workshop on Volunteered Geographic Information, Santa Barbara, California, December, 2007.
Irmischer, I., Hendricks, M., Harrison, J., Galgano, F., (2007) GIS Data Preparation and Model Development to Support Analysis in Military Geography. Annual Meeting of American Association of Geographers, San Francisco, CA, April, 2007.
Irmischer, I., (2006) Line of Sight Algorithm Development. Colloquium Lecture Series, UCSB Department of Geography, 2006.
Irmischer, I., (2005) Modeling Improvised Explosive Devise Attacks in a Geographic Information System. Graduate Student Seminar, UCSB Department of Geography, 2005.
Irmischer, I., (2005) Line of Sight Error Assessment. Colloquium Lecture Series, UCSB Department of Geography, 2005.
Irmischer, I., (2004) GIS in the United States Military. Graduate Student Seminar, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2004.