Liora Sahar, PhD, GISP

Strategic Director, Geospatial Research

Liora Sahar, PhD, is a Strategic Director for Geospatial Research within the Statistics & Evaluation Research Center at the American Cancer.  The focus of her work within society programs is to engage in geospatial research with application to ACS mission and income decision making.  As a geodetic engineer and a GIS Professional (GISP) she leads a team that also supports daily activities of ACS programs, units and divisions.

 A graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Sahar is affiliated with the Center for GIS and serves as adjunct faculty in GA-Tech, teaching a graduate Remote Sensing class.  She joined ACS after working as a Sr. Geospatial analyst and GIS Expert within the Information Systems Sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation.  She was leading and supporting projects and research initiatives within the corporation as well as multiple centers within the CDC, spanning Dengue fever, emergency response, water pollution, food safety, cancer registry, modeling and simulation for childhood obesity and polio eradication.  She served as the Professional Liaison within the CDC\Geography and Geospatial Working Group (GeoSWG) as well as initiated a GIS Community of Practice, was chairing a Technical Advisory Committee and served as the Professional development chair for the Women in Northrop Grumman (WiNGS).