Volunteer Highlights - 2021

1st Quarter - Patrick Mason

Patrick has a BS from Texas A&M in Geology and a MS in GIS from University of Denver. His Master's project focused on GIS improvements for the city’s irrigation system as a pilot project using two city facilities. ArcGIS mapping tools and statistical modeling were used to evaluate irrigation coverage, efficiency, and considerations for irrigation programming. He worked as a microseismic geophysicist at Halliburton over 3 1/2 years in Houston out of college. He had taken a GIS course at Texas A&M, liked it, and continued on to get GIS analyst training at Austin Community College. After working at the cities of Austin and College Station in geospatial and GIS-related positions, he completed a software certification (JavaScript, PostgreSQL, MongoDB and React.js) in Austin. In his off time, he plays lead guitar in a band with his brother in Austin, running and kayaking.

2nd Quarter - Devon Bennet

Data Acquisition Lead at HERE Technologies, based in Dallas Texas. She works to keep the HERE basemap up to date in the Central US, which in turn improves things like navigation, package delivery, and 911 emergency access. Devon is originally from Colorado and is a graduate of the University of Denver with a BA in Anthropology and Geography. Her personal geographical interests include sustainable cities, access to public transit, and walkable urban spaces. In her spare time, she enjoys Dallas arts and culture, cooking, and participating in local markets selling her crocheted creations.

3rd Quarter - Courtney Roe

Courtney has been a member of the GIS, CAD, and Survey community since 2013, with her roots in these fields going back to her academic experience at Texas State University and Austin Community College. Courtney is currently employed at Pape-Dawson Engineers as a Civil CAD Designer in Land Development and is a GISP, Autodesk Civil 3D Certified Professional, and FAA Remote UAS Pilot. She enjoys being on the Board of Supporting Women in Geography & GIS (SWIGGIS) and is always engaged in the GIS and CAD community. As a curator of knowledge, Courtney brings an enthusiasm and passion for the integration of Civil CAD, Surveying and GIS to maximize the potential of the industry. “Embrace it, we never stop learning!”

4th Quarter - Nicholas Willette

Nicholas entered the world of GIS as a GIS Analyst in the U.S. Marine Corps. After leaving active duty he moved into surveying, first as an Instrument-man and later a Survey Party Chief, working on projects all over Texas as well as projects overseas. At the same time, he attended the University of North Texas, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts and Science in 2019 and a Master of Science in Information Science in 2021. Nicholas currently works as an IT Programmer/Analyst in the City of Fort Worth Water Department GIS group, and is responsible for maintaining and updating the City’s water and sewer utilities in GIS. Nicholas believes that education never stops, and strives to learn new skills and technologies and encourages others to do the same.

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