I am a GIS Specialist at Stanford University.I was a GIS student assistant for the Department of Transportation for 7 months before I got this job.
What is your background?
I have a BA in Geography/Environmental Studies from UCLA.I was a Jr.High Math and Science teacher for 2 years.Then, I took about seven courses in GIS at the UCR Extension.I received a little on the job training as the student assistant at CalTrans.
Yes! They need to take courses, but more importantly...get experience.
What is the accomplishment of which you are most proud.
I am most proud of my current job at the University.
What does your typical day or week look like?
I support Graduate students and faculty who want to use GIS in their research.I provide software support, data and I manage our web site and site license.I spend at least 2 hours a day on e-mail, 1-3 attending meetings, 3 hours available for GIS reference questions, and 1-10 hours each week on project development for demonstrations of GIS.
Why is GIS an exciting industry in which to participate?
GIS is so new and growing so rapidly that I don't get bored.I introduce GIS to people all the time and re-experience their excitement.
What is the most important ''next thing'' that will happen in GIS?
I think the growth in GIS on the Internet is the NEXT thing.
Before you came to GIS, what did you think your career would be in?
Education or International Development.
Published Thursday, April 20th, 2000