G.I.S. graduate student, Ray Dominic Maldonado

Hello & Welcome!

My name is Ray Dominic Maldonado , graduate student at University of Southern California's Geographic Information Science (GIS) program within the Spatial Science Institute.  With all Master's coursework completed, I am currently finishing my thesis on "Wrong Way Driving Route Analysis" as part of the San Antonio Wrong Way Driving Task Force effort.

I am very excited to have the opportunity of remotely studying at a premier institution like USC, as it allows time to pursue GIS career options and attend events like the Esri User Conference.  Just because our curriculum is online doesn't mean we don't get together occasionally; Fall 2010 semester our entire "GPS Field Techniques" class spent a week on Catalina Island, CA working on a project and getting to know one another.  There were snakes, bison, sharks, and plenty of data collection to go around.  My group reseached base station variables in Positional Dilution of Precision (PDOP) values using Trimble GPS units and TerraSync software.  In addition, every Summer our generous SSI Faculty & Staff host a network event in San Diego for the Esri User Conference to trade stories about GIS developments in our fields of interests, meet new classmates, and welcome new professors.

Some of my professional goals include: Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certification, Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification, continue presenting at GIS events, and gaining programming proficiency in Python & Javascript.  Thus far I've had the opportunity to test Esri's beta ArcGIS for Android API during my "GIS Programming" course in Spring 2011, as well as create a custom geoprocess for modeling Wrong Way Driving traffic patterns as part my thesis project .