I am a proponent of the meshing of art and science. I believe that all components of science are more accessible and understandable when an aesthetic element is presented alongside the information.
After high school, I planned on studying fine art at USC or geography at UCLA. At one point I was enrolled in both schools because I could not decide where my heart and head would lead. It lead me to UCLA, soon to realize that a major aspect of studying geography is to incorporate every form of science into one massive ecosystem, where connections and networks are fluid and pervasive; and then present the information through GIS (geographic information systems). I found myself thoroughly enjoying the idea of mapping, cartography, and remote sensing and soon understood how art and science can be combined- by making aesthetically pleasing maps that are equally scientifically/informationally accurate.
After graduation, I spent time at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation in the Active Transportation department assisting a man I consider my GIS-world mentor. I helped create a project location map for People St., Los Angeles's citywide program for community partners to bring Parklets and Plazas to their neighborhoods. Active Transportation Dashboards is an ongoing project to memorialize large datasets like collisions and census node share through ESRI's Operations Dashboard. I worked with the division's IT consultant to provide GIS expertise on how to setup the datasets and 'how to' instructions for users. Working with LADOT provided a real world experience and an understanding of how GIS can be applied to important and current situations and programs.
Most recently, I completed an internship at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the NASA DEVELOP National Program. As an independent researcher, I worked with a team to study the biomass changes in the wetlands of Louisiana. Our main purpose was to use NASA satellite data, such as from Landsat and UAVSAR, along with GIS to show how these instruments can be used for the betterment of research and essentially, can benefit the planet.
For examples and images of projects completed, please see the link below.