December 2017 GeoMentor Spotlight:
Dan Seidensticker, GIS Specialist with the Madison Area Transportation Planning Board (MATPB) in Madison, Wisconsin
What was your favorite class in K-12: Art
How did you first learn about and/or use GIS?: The first time I had heard of GIS was in a class I took as an undergraduate at UW-Stevens Point in 1989 where we studied the concept of spatial analysis. We did exercises where we typed grids of data into a rasters representing land use, soils, etc. and then overlaid them to do map algebra for site selection analysis. I was blown away by the possibilities this opened.
Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography: I like the challenge of solving a spatial problem using GIS and displaying the result as a map.
Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? I have made visits to elementary schools where I demonstrated GIS and enjoyed seeing the excitement in the kids eyes when they saw what could be done. I’d like to think that I influenced some of them to pursue a career in GIS.
What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I had the opportunity to teach Introductory Cartography at the undergraduate level and found I like introducing people to the world of GIS and showing how it can be used for more than just making a great map.
If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence? Everything in this world (and beyond) has a spatial component and GIS allows us to study their relationships.
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