Ilya Atkin began working for the greater EOS Institute in 2006 while an undergraduate student studying Interdisciplinary Math. During his time at the institute, he has worked on a wide variety of projects covering oil spill clean ups, state-wide climate modeling, citizen science based environmental monitoring, historical map archives and ecosystem observation.

His main area of focus is web mapping and associated technologies like GIS. His current work is on the three dimensional visualization of point clouds and other vector data.