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ESRGC Spring Spotlight 2024

Updated: May 7


Connor Lewandowski, ESRGC Spring Spotlight 2024

The people at the ESRGC and the counties I have worked at through them have been extremely helpful, kind, and patient.
 

Name: Connor Lewandowski


Expected Graduation date/ School: 2025, Bachelors of Science in Geography (GIS Track), from Salisbury University


Hometown: Elkton, MD


When did you first use GIS?

I first used GIS Sophomore year in an introductory map interpretation and analysis class. From then, I have been consistently using and applying GIS.


What is something you wish everyone knew about GIS?

Something I wish everyone knew about GIS is that it is not only useful for projects and research for work, but also for fun! Making maps and visualizing data that means something to you is a very satisfying skill to have.


What task(s) do you work on at ESRGC?

Through the ESRGC, I work at the Wicomico County Department of Planning, Zoning, and Community Development. One task that I am currently working on is georeferencing a number of Wicomico County Tax Maps (aerial images), and then joining them into one larger mosaic dataset. Another task is aligning/correcting a number of bike path lines to our road centerline data, which will be used in an experience builder web app for bikers to be able to view different bike paths in the area from their phones.


While working with the ESRGC what surprised you most or what is something that you learned from it?:

One thing I learned is that a professional environment can be exciting and fun! The people at the ESRGC and the counties I have worked at through them have been extremely helpful, kind, and patient. I have learned so much already about GIS and its applications and hope to learn much more from them in the future. GIS-wise, I learned that a lot of the work of GIS professionals is project by project, unlike other jobs that may revolve around specific or repetitive tasks. 


Dream job? (doesn’t have to be GIS/ESRGC related)

When it comes to dream job, I would have to say that being a touring or session musician would definitely be in my top two. I currently play in a band, and taking that to the next level would be a dream come true. I would also say that having a career where I can use GIS and spatial analysis to really make a difference in the world would also be a dream come true. I would love to use geographic processes to assist in mitigating climate change issues, conserving animal habitats, exploring local water level change, and more. 


What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I love to play guitar and make music. I am an avid fan of Mixed Martial Arts and love watching the UFC as well. I also enjoy going to Church on Sundays, as my faith is very important in my day to day life. When I am back home, I love spending time with my two dogs, Theo and Rosie.


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The Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) at Salisbury University regularly features a current or former intern for our Intern Spotlight. The ESRGC provides geographic information system (GIS) technology, data, technical support, and training to governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in Maryland and across the Mid-Atlantic. Since launching in 2004, the ESRGC has provided valuable paid internships to hundreds of Salisbury University students, allowing them to learn real-world skills that prepare them for a direct transition to the workforce. ESRGC internships range from analyzing databases for local governments to field verifying broadband access in rural areas, and everything in between. For more information on how your organization could leverage the advantage of this inexpensive, highly-motivated, technical GIS intern, or how to apply for an internship, please contact Lauren McDermott.



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