NAME: Kameelah Temple
HOMETOWN: Philadelphia, PA
MAJOR: Geoenvironmental with GIS certificate
FAVORITE THING ABOUT SHIPPENSBURG:
Size. I love that it’s not a large university. That I can walk down the hallways and say hi to students and they say hi back and call me by name. And that is not just in the geography-earth science department. That’s at the library, Old Main, the entire campus.
TWO INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT ME:
I am a single mother of two children (who are in the 1st and 2nd grades), and I am a food snob! I originally went to a culinary arts school.
PSO (Planning Student Organization) for students who are active members in APA (American Planning Association); AAG (Association of American Geographers), PGS (Pennsylvania Geologic Survey of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources); SWEP (Society of Women Environmental Professionals), and the GIS Institute.
WHY I TRANSFERRED TO SHIP:
I started my education at Harrisburg Area Community College in environmental studies. I took a GIS course and loved it. It was when I attended a SWEP conference that I heard about Shippensburg. I met the President of USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) and he recommended Shippensburg saying I could continue my environmental studies and GIS. In fact everyone I met there told me their best employees come from Shippensburg.
I am a GIS analyst with Delta Development Group in Mechanicsburg, PA and am working on projects with PennDot, RCAP applications and Amtrak Keystone Corridor.
STUDENT RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:
I’m actively involved in research working on three different projects with Dr. Joseph Zume. I presented one at PGS and one at AAG. We are exploring how land use changes may have a correlation to the increased amount of storm water runoff and its collecting times into the major stream segments within the Susquehanna River basin covering a 40-year time span.
MOST MEANINGFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCE AT SHIP:
During GIS III, my eyes opened to the limitless possibilities of GIS. This class is advanced GIS, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg of what GIS can do. Geospatial analysis is an ever-changing field. It became clear to me that education is the most pertinent way to becoming a valued asset at a company.
COMMUNITY SERVICE/VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES:
I have volunteered with the Harrisburg Nature Conservancy, ESTEEM (Engineering Science and Technology to Energize and Expand Young Minds) Research Mentoring Program, and with both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, because of my son and daughter.
WHAT I DO FOR FUN:
I do research for fun. I just worked with Dr. Sean Cornell on a project with Wallops Island.
MY PLANS AFTER GRADUATION:
I will be working full-time for Delta Development Group and plan to pursue a master’s certificate in GIS. I will also be assisting with development of a blog titled GeoPivot, about being a young GIS professional.