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«University of Arizona Geographic Information Systems Technology (GIST) School of Geography and Development University of Arizona • P.O. Box 210076 ...»

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Master of Science of Geographic Information

Systems Technology (MSGIST)

2015 Resume Book

University of Arizona Geographic Information Systems Technology (GIST)

School of Geography and Development

University of Arizona • P.O. Box 210076 • Tucson, AZ 85721 • gis.arizona.edu

Select 2015 MS-GIST Students

Naveed Ahmed

Shannon Apgar-Kurtz

Robert Breeding

Melinda Brown

Juan Canez

Gregory Christakos

Kara Clauser

Rachael Cushman

Lauren Dreyfuss

Imtiaz Syed

Abdulai Kondeh

Michael Joslin Laura Mawhinney Kenneth McCormack Alexander Smith Stephen Tham Myles Traphagen Naveed Ahmed 2800 W. Broadway Blvd., Tucson, Unit 5112, AZ 85745 520.389.3420, naveedahmed@email.arizona.edu


Experienced Geoinformatics professional with strong software and web development skills from planning to execution phases.


The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ Masters of Science in GIS Technology, Expected Dec 2015 National University of Science and Technology, Islamabad,Pakistan Masters of Science in GIS and Remote Sensing, Mar 2010 Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan Master of Science in Computer Science, May 2004


GIS  Able to perform GIS Analysis on raster and vector datasets to solve common problems  Good understanding of GIS workflow to perform and enhance procedures  Understanding the Spatial case of data and Algorithms  Data conversion from different sources to spatial format  Able to maintain geographic data including correct archiving and quality control  Basic GIS architecture (desktop and web) knowledge andexperience  Metadata creation and editing  Experience in GIS Model Building Cartographic principals


 Expert in Object Oriented programming  Hands on experience with JavaScript, PHP, VB.NET and C#  Able to understand data models and structure (from UML)  Ability to design data models from specified requirements  Understanding of Database Management Systems workflow  Experience in Document Oriented and Structured Query Language (SQL) based database management system  Ability to manipulate information from multiple interchangeable formats including JSON and XML


 Ability to translate user needs to solutions  Able to communicate effectively with team and clients  Able to produce work reports  Ability to work both independently and as a team member of a cross-functional team


 Ability to apply GIS and software development expertise in multiple domains including forestry, network analysis, meteorology and town planning  Portability of skills on multi-platforms from ESRI, Google Map API to open source solutions in both online/offline formats  Detail oriented  Strong Customer Support skills  Tested ability to learn and adopt new technologies


Arizona Geological Survey, GIS Application Developer (Intern), Tucson, Arizona, Feb 2015 – to date  Integration and mapping of data across multiple geospatial services.

 Create a dynamic map of the United States to enable display and search across all the millions of data points in the National Geothermal Data system (NGDS) FWO, Assistant Manager IT, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Jul 2010-Dec 2014  Part of team that developed ERP, financial accounting system, fleet management, vehicle tracking system and Electronic Toll and Traffic Management System.

 Provide technical system support and troubleshoot services relate to in- house developed software solutions.

NDU, GIS Officer, Islamabad, Pakistan, May 2008-Feb 2010  GIS data up-gradation including overlay of latest raster imagery and vector based terrain data modification of strategic GIS solution.

COMSATS Internet Services, Software Program Officer, Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov 2004-Oct 2006  Design, development and management of office automation system for the organization  Development of Web Portals for organization clients.


Research Project on Mobile based GIS Traveler Guide  The research was intended to help travelers by providing them the best possible route from source location to a destination including facilities of interest. It sends the route maps from server to the traveler’s mobile phone in the form of Multimedia Message.


ESRI Technologies ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS JavaScript API, (ArcGIS Server, ArcMap, ArcSDE) ver. 9.x and

10.x, CSW, WFS, XML, GeoJSON, Leaflet Maps, Open Layers, Google Map API Desktop and Web based application Design and Development using PHP, Drupal, C#, VB.NET, Drupal, Joomla, AJAX, JQuery, HTML5, CSS, MongoDB, CouchDB, ElasticSearch, SQL SERVER, ORACLE, MYSQL


Tony Gonzales Scholarship (September 2015) The Arizona Geographic Information Council Shannon Apgar-Kurtz 868 E. 10th St.

Tucson AZ 85719 907-351-5013 shannon.apgar-kurtz@hotmail.com


2015 M.S. Geographic Information Systems Technology (Expected graduation date: December 2015) 2010 B.A., University of Alaska Anchorage. Major: Anthropology 2009 Achill Field School, Archaeology Field School


2014 Botany Intern, Huron-Manistee National Forest, Michigan. Non-Native Invasive Species Crew: Performed manual and chemical treatment of non-native invasive plants. Participated in wildlife surveys, digging archaeology test pits, and fish shocking.

2013 Invasive Plant Management Intern, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Used Trimble GPS unit to map invasive plants and manually treated infestations. Supervised small youth crews and wrote end of season report detailing program.

2012 Crew Member, SCA Idaho AmeriCorps, Salmon-Challis National Forest, Idaho. Surveyed abandoned mines for closure and helped complete historical surveys, trail work, and used ArcGIS on a Trimble to map erosion issues on unauthorized forest roads.

2009 Student Archaeologist, Achill Field School, Dooagh, County Mayo, Ireland. Conducted background research in Irish archeology, excavated Bronze Age Round House, researched and wrote essay on archaeological sites in Ireland.

2008-11 Cultural Anthropology Intern, Alaska Regional Office, National Park Service, Anchorage Alaska. Conducted research for “Lost Villages in the Aleutians,” edited documents, developed a photograph database for World War II in the Aleutians, and transcribed interviews.

2008 Cultural Anthropology Volunteer, Alaska Regional Office, National Park Service, Anchorage Alaska. Conducted 200 hours of background research for a major project “Lost Villages in the Aleutians”.


2014 Outstanding Work Performance, National Forest Service 2009 Chancellor’s List, University of Alaska Anchorage 2008 Chancellor’s List, University of Alaska Anchorage 2008 Dean’s List, University of Alaska Anchorage


2014 Commercial Pesticide License 2013 Completed ESRI’S Getting Started with GIS 2012 Student Conservation Association’s Work Skills 2008 Computer Training, ThumbsPlus, software used to create photo database for “Lost Villages in the Aleutians” project; Adobe Sound booth Robert H. Breeding II 2000 E. Miraval Sexto, Tucson, AZ 85718 (520) 343-0135 Rhb1@email.arizona.edu

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Career History GIS Application Development Intern --- Arizona Geological Survey, State of Arizona, Current Project

• The GIS Applications Developer maintains and updates existing applications and databases for Earth Science data acquisition, management, visualization, discovery and access.

Assisted in development of an online GIS web application using multiple JavaScript libraries;

o Updated and maintained a natural hazard viewer, an existing web application used by the public to visualize earth hazards (flood o zones, earth fissures, active faults, and fire risk) in Arizona;

Worked with the Leaflet API and MV* (model - view - controller*) architecture;

o Collaborated with geologists to develop a new buffer algorithm accounting for elevation to model flood plains and delineate new o boundaries.

Image Interpretation Contractor --- Sonoran Desert Network, National Park Service, Current Project Performed image analysis using numerous techniques to conduct a vegetation inventory for effective long term management and o stewardship of natural resources;

Executed vegetation classifications to model distribution of natural resources within Saguaro National Park;

o Conducted a suitability assessment on vegetation types using data collected by NPS ecologists to aid in determining accuracy of o previous classifications;

Planning/GIS Intern --- Community & Economic Development Dept. - Transportation, City of Salt Lake, UT, 2014 Performed spatial data management tasks and digitized new features for inventory of city bike racks and bike routes;

o Developed cartographic materials used as visuals for public involvement and project proposals;

o Planned the design and placement of signage, and pavement markings on proposed bike boulevards.

o Technical Skills

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Paso a Paso Children’s Program Teacher at CLUES: Volunteer, Fall 2014

MANNRS (Minorities in Agricultural, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) UMN Chapter:

Member; Secretary, 2010 Academic Year “Teaching SMART” at Marcy Open School: Volunteer, 2009 – 2011 Minnesota Gold Scholarship Recipient (merit-based; 4-year)


ArcGIS (Online, ArcMap 10.x); Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Access); ERDAS Imagine; Python (beginner), JavaScript (beginner), IBM SPSS (beginner), R Statistics Software (beginner); Spanish proficiency; Group Fitness Instructor certification; CPR certification


Gupta, S. C., A. C. Kessler, M. K. Brown, and F. Zvomuya (2015), Climate and agricultural land use change impacts on streamflow in the upper midwestern United States, Water Resour.

Res., 51, doi:10.1002/2015WR017323.

Gupta, S. C., A. C. Kessler, M. K. Brown, and F. Zvomuya (2015), Climate and agricultural land use change impacts on streamflow in the upper midwestern United States, Water Resour.

Res., 51, doi:10.1002/2015WR017323.

Juan D. Canez 632 E. Elm St. Tucson, AZ 85705 (509) 795-6896 jdcanez1@email.arizona.edu

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To obtain a Geographic Informations Systems (GIS) Analyst role that will provide the opportunity to utilize and expand my experience of web mapping, geodatabase management, and data analysis skills.

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City of Tucson (Environmental Services) Tucson AZ GIS Technological Intern June 2015-present  Perform data management to maintain, update, and edit inventory of 300-gallon refuse and recycle containers within an Enterprise Geodatabase Structure.

 Research, develop, and execute project development to construct an integrated street-alley centerline transportation network designed for automated routing software  Use of in-depth understanding of vector data, versioning, topology, attribute data structure, data acquisition, digitizing, and editing attribute and graphical data to build the network.

 Create geoprocessing tools to increase workflow of network construction.

 Incorporate knowledge and understanding of geodatabase structure to create a database designed for collecting field data using Collector for ArcGIS.

 Update and publish map services for data collection.

 Perform quality assurance/quality control on all updates and edits.

Tucson Unified School District Tucson, AZ GIS Intern (Student Planning Services & GIS Department January 2014-May 2014  Assisted coordination of boundary committee meeting designed to assist in restructuring school boundaries to comply with Arizona’s desegregation policy.

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