International intern at Esri under the Technical Marketing department team for the Disaster Response Program (DRP).
On a daily basis my tasks are very dynamic and changeable. My main focus is to develop a portfolio of the UAV/drone applications for Esri.
My main assignment is to develop a portfolio of all the applications on which Esri should focus some of its resources in the future. UAV/drones are a huge developing market and, although flying a drone privately is not yet allowed in the USA, it’s necessary to be ready for whatever may happen. This involves a lot of research and development. I have to be aware of what’s out there and figure out how Esri can implement all the applications within its existing software.
This main project used to overlap with activities focused more on marketing, such as promoting new products or setting up demonstrations. Lately I’ve been working on a project where my department is trying to promote an online template called GeoForm, a non-map-centric approach to adding data into a map.
Besides all that, every member of the DRP department must be always alert. When a disaster occurs, the entire department focuses all the resources on supporting the disaster response activities (creating ArcGIS online organizational accounts, dashboard support, etc.).
The work environment is great. There are many young people and it’s very easy to hang out with everyone. I have a very nice group of friends and we have travelled quite a lot: we’ve camped in Joshua Tree National Park, surfed at San Onofre beach, visited San Diego, celebrated Thanksgiving in San Francisco visiting old ITC friends, and more. Besides all these trips we are always doing things in Redlands. Local breweries are pretty popular here and skateboarding is just part of the culture − plus the weather is awesome so you can always be outside.
This internship has been a great opportunity. I am learning tons of things, and not only technical stuff. I am also learning a lot about how the private sector works. Redlands is a great place, a small city but with a big young community and a lot of people sharing the same passion for GIS and remote sensing. From my experience so far, I would like to highlight the fact that everyone takes my opinions very seriously. Although I’m an intern, ITC students are highly valued here and our opinion counts.
It may be one, ten or even 60 years since you left, but you as ITC’s former student still have a strong bond with ITC and friends from your student days. ITC alumni belong to a worldwide community of over 20,000 individuals, who together form an extensive network of international contacts, a network that includes United Nations organizations, universities, research groups, resources survey and map production services, and various international professional associations.
At the moment the ITC Alumni Office offers a wide range of products and services to alumni worldwide. Reading this, you are aware of the ITC News magazine, which four times a year is a challenge to compose but a masterpiece to read. The ITC Update (digital newsletter) is available for those who need their monthly dose of ITC.
The younger generation (or those who are still young at heart) can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. News, events, vacancies or social announcements are shared by staff, students and alumni. Different blogs are also available on our website, where you can follow, for example, Professor Victor Jetten, who will be blogging about openLISEM, or the ITC Library. As alumni coordinator, it is my responsibility to make sure news of all the latest developments at ITC and in the alumni community reaches you.
A new challenge lies ahead of us. In view of the internal changes, the decreasing availability of scholarships, and the changing political climate in the Netherlands regarding development assistance, we as Faculty ITC need to take a good look to see what we can do in the future to build an even stronger international network. As from July I will be working from my new office on the campus of the University of Twente. For the ITC alumni community, this means that I will have an even larger international network as I will be working together with the UT alumni office. We will have more knowledge fields within our reach and we as a whole can profit from this development. Hopefully I can count on you to keep in touch with us and with your fellow ITC and/or UT alumni so we will grow and create an even stronger community of professionals!
On 17 April I will defend my MSc research and thesis here at ITC. As part of my MSc graduation project I went to Lake Naivasha, Kenya, to perform fieldwork and collect data to support my research. I went together with Pieter van Oel and joined up with Vincent Odongo and Dawit Mulatu, who are all members of the EOIA Naivasha project at ITC. My topic is about scale issues in modelling the hydrology of the Lake Naivasha watershed.
I stayed in Naivasha town, from where I travelled through the watershed to gauge rivers. Flow current meters were used for smaller rivers and more advanced devices such as the ADCP for larger rivers. Most of the gauging was done together with the local water resources management authority (WRMA Naivasha), which also provided me with a place to work. Travelling through the basin was a challenge at times, especially during heavy rainfalls when the roads themselves turned into rivers. Many of the river gauging stations were hard to reach, even with a four-wheel drive, but in the end we managed to visit all stations within the watershed. The incredible nature and beautiful panoramic views were great compensation for the long and bumpy rides.
Aside from river gauging, I had to obtain daily gauge readings. Two local students helped me to complement and update the database that was available at WRMA, using hardcopy data which in some cases was over 60 years old. We finished entering the data right before I had to return to the Netherlands.
Job Description: International Intern in Natural Resources Team, Industry Solutions Department, ESRI
So far I have had the opportunity to work on the following ESRI products: ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1, ArcGIS Viewer for Flex, ArcGIS API for Flex.
My project work to date has mainly involved supporting NGOs specialized in restoration ecology in their goal to create a national GIS for all their member organizations so that they can achieve consistency and accuracy in reporting estuary habitat restoration plans and achievements. On the basis on these data, I have further deployed web maps and web applications in ArcGIS Online.
ESRI Courses and Conferences
The ESRI instructor-led courses have provided me with a great opportunity to dive into new areas of the GIS spectrum, such as ArcGIS for Server and the building of web applications with ArcGIS API for Flex. Another great learning experience was participating in the holistic testing of mobile devices, a two-day event organized by ESRI Software Developers. I have also participated in two conferences: the Oceans GIS Summit in Redlands, California, and Restore America’s Estuaries National Conference in Tampa, Florida.
Life in Redlands has been great so far. There are places to explore to suit everyone’s taste: great cities such as Los Angeles and San Diego, the Pacific Ocean, the San Bernardino Mountains, and if you enjoy the desert landscape, well, it doesn’t get much better than the Joshua Tree National Park, just an hour away from Redlands!