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GeoMentor Spotlight

Learn more about our volunteers and the wonderful and enthusiastic talent available in our GeoMentor community to assist K-12 schools with GIS and geography applications for their classrooms. Read about our currently featured member of the community or check out previously featured GeoMentors by using the navigation links on the right. If you are interested in being featured, go here for more information.  We are excited to learn more about our GeoMentor community members!

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January 2016 GeoMentor Spotlight 

Brian King - GIS Analyst / Archeologist

Position/Affiliation: GIS Analyst V / Archeologist at Freese and Nichols, Inc., Austin, Texas; Staff Grader at the Pennsylvania State University, Dutton e-Education Institute, World Campus. Past-President URISA Texas (2012-2015); present Vice-President URISA Texas (2016). National Information Security, Geospatial Technologies Consortium (NISGTC), Board Member, since 2013. 

What was your favorite class in K-12? History

How did you first learn about and/or use GIS? I started using GIS while working in Cultural Resource Management (CRM). I used ArcGIS to depict archeological site boundaries and the location of shovel tests and backhoe trench excavations across the site. A lot of my field data was collected using a Trimble GPS unit and I used a GIS for mapping. I enjoyed GIS so much that I earned a master degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Name one thing you love about GIS and/or geography (I know, just one!): A GIS allows people to spatially organize large datasets, visually view complex issues, and ask questions that lead to wise decision making.

Why did you want to volunteer as a GeoMentor? Most people have no idea what is a GIS and do not realize how embedded it is in our daily lives. Introducing K-12 students to Geography and GIS will change how they view the world and provide them with valuable skills that can be utilized once they enter the working world.

What kind of GeoMentor volunteer opportunity and experience are you looking for? I am interested in exposing elementary students to GIS and show them how it can help them better understand the world. GIS is a tool that students can use again and again as their education progresses, as well as provide them with an employable skill once school is finished.

If someone asked you why they should learn about GIS and/or geography, how would you respond in one sentence? People who study GIS and Geography are in a better position to ask analytical questions and make rational decisions on topics that impact the earth (i.e. flooding, crime analysis, population distribution, predictive models, etc.).

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Website(s): URISA Texas; LinkedIn

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