A Short Bio
Technically adeptI’ve been technically adept from a young age. I was fascinated by the fact that various computer parts could be combined to create a working system. I've dabbled with computers, networking, scripting, hardware, and web design. I grew up installing a video card on my first scrap computer to writing a super basic Space Invaders game in a DrScheme coding environment during grade school. I'm proud to see growth from setting up my family’s internet network to helping set up my university’s network in one of their new learning centers. I've continued growth when starting up a server node for the military to managing that server's parent. I've also enjoyed the transition from using industry leading software to implementing applications my own. This knowledge in computers and software made it easy for me to excel in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) field where all these skills can significantly enhance a user's experience. I absolutely enjoy what I do. I hope that this site gives you an idea of how much GIS is a part of my life!
0261 in the United States Marine CorpsMy first professional experience with GIS was with the United States Marine Corps (USMC). I was assigned a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) of 0261 - Geospatial Intelligence Analyst. Other than basic training, I went through a 9-month course at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) where I picked up a lot of the skills related to data analysis and map production. As an analyst, I utilized a multitude of GIS programs such as ArcGIS, Erdas Imagine, ENVI, and SOCET GXP. It wasn’t long before I was given the opportunity to spearhead the data management for our platoon and manage our server's web services, production queue, and web-based mapping applications. I was also able to work closely with a replication of an SDE database hosted on our server that contributed heavily to the Marine Corps Geodatabase (MCGDB). I