Stephanie Ireland is a full time employee at the Washington College GIS lab and a part time student at Washington College. This anthropology major is currently enrolled in Intermediate GIS, a course taught on campus by GIS Director Stew Bruce. As part of this class, Stephanie worked on an extensive project throughout the semester in addition to her everyday work in the lab. With a little brainstorming help from Stew, Stephanie took on a project involving Lyme disease research.
Stephanie usually works on crime mapping projects in the lab, but she wanted to try something completely different for this project. Although the Lyme disease mapping was Stew’s idea, Stephanie thought it could be an interesting project so she decided to pursue it.
At the end of this semester, she hopes to have this project completed. The final product could be useful to the community, to make them more aware of the health risks of their area.
Stephanie sees her current position in the GIS lab as an essential step towards her ultimate goal of being a Geospatial Analyst for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. She hopes that her experience from working in the lab and her Washington College education will build the foundation she needs to achieve this goal.
- By: Rachel Puglia