Tyler Brice graduated from Washington College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry, simultaneously working at the GIS Program all four years of his undergraduate experience. Brice joined the GIS Program in 2009, encouraged by the financial aid office and lacking any prior experience with geospatial technologies.
Brice chose the GIS Program based on more than a simple financial decision; as a federal work-study grant allowed him a large selection of job opportunities that year. He chose to work for the GIS Program because it piqued his interest while also proving to have the greatest potential to learn new things.
While at the GIS lab, Brice enjoyed his time with his supervisors and the other students who worked in the Lab with him. He made several friends through the program that he still is in contact with to this day. The Lab environment provides an easy way to befriend other interns due to the close proximity of the workstations and the opportunities to work in groups on projects.
Brice worked on a wide variety of projects during his time at the GIS Program, focusing mostly on 3D visualization projects and digital “fly overs.” Brice even remembers the first project he worked on during his first year at the GIS Program.
“My first project was a 3D visualization of Historic Chestertown and the last one was Plukemin Artillery Cantonment,” he said.
Between his first and last project were a half dozen or so other major projects, and a larger number of small task projects that were periodically required to support other students and projects. His major project work included supporting the State of Maryland with crime mapping and analysis work, delving into the spatial complexities of GeoWeb 3D, creating the town of Easton in a historic animation project and then doing similar work for Washington College. He additionally focused on historic 3D buildings during projects for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, the Queen Anne’s Conservation Project, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Brice stated that his most memorable moments at Washington College were, “the variety of projects that I worked on [at the GIS Lab] and the students that I worked with. At the college, I remember the professors, the classes, the friends I made and the good times that I had.”
One of Brice’s greatest accomplishments during his college career was finishing his senior thesis where he was able to combine his interests in biology, the outdoors, and GIS into one protitled “Rapid Vernal Drawdowns for Waterfowl Management Do Not Adversely Impact Aquatic Turtle Populations”.
“I looked at a population of painted turtles on Chesapeake farms that Dr. Aaron Krochmal was studying and determined that the sizes, weights and survivorship of these animals did not differ significantly from a control site,” he said.
With college behind him, Brice stated, “I have settled into a full-time career that I love and plan on spending many more years doing.”
Brice is currently working with the Maryland State Police as both a trooper and flight paramedic. He credits the GIS Program with helping him learn to manage working in a professional environment. The skills of interacting with diverse co-workers, supervisors, and clients introduced to him during his time spent working at the GIS Program provided him with the experience of working in the professional world.
“Even though I don’t use the GIS skills that I learned in college, I use many other aspects of working with people every day,” Brice stated about working for the Maryland State Police. Brice‘s interest in Emergency Medicine and helping people led him into his career of choice. He has the opportunity to do both of those things on a daily basis while working with the Maryland State Police, which he finds rewarding.
Although Brice was not directly involved with the projects for the Maryland State Police at the GIS Program, Brice’s experience in the Lab helped him build a robust resume that allowed him to qualify for his career path.
“I had 4 years of professional work experience in addition to my other campus activities. This was a benefit to me because it showed that I was able to manage my time and school work at the same time. Working at GIS also gave me experience to put on my resume aside from academics,” Brice ended.
With some help from the GIS Program and Washington College, Brice gained the experience that led him to a career path he thoroughly enjoys. This is an encouragement to our current interns wondering where they may go in their future career. It is satisfying to hear about the successes of our alumnus.
To read more about Tyler Brice, check out this blog post about one of his projects while working at the GIS Program.