I have been working in the GIS lab since my freshmen year, and am now coming to the end of my final semester here at Washington College. I first got into GIS by taking the introductory class because I had heard that GIS was used by law enforcement. I knew I wanted to eventually go into some form of law enforcement, and this seemed like a good way to get my foot in the door. In my four years working at the lab I have worked on the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention project mapping the locations of various offenders and offenses. I have also spent a fair amount of time on the Maryland Highway Safety project which focused on the reduction of drunk driving. For a brief time I even did a remote sensing research project on the rapid growth of slums in Dhaka, Bangladesh detailing urban expansion over a period of time.
After interning for the Montgomery County Police Traffic Division (which I got through working at GIS) and working on the Highway Safety project, I decided to focus my senior thesis research on drunk driving. The data analysis for my senior thesis would likely not have been so readily available to me if I had not worked at the GIS lab, and the mapping skills from working in the lab allowed me to go even more in depth in my analysis. While at this point my future outside of Washington College is uncertain (if you know of any available GIS positions, come find me), but there is no doubt in my mind that whatever job I end up getting, it will have been because of the ridiculous amount of job experience that I got working at the GIS Lab.
Sam Margolis graduated May 2014.
May 28, 2014