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Esri’s Jennifer D. Bell Uses Maps to Tell Stories that Matter
Below is an excerpt from an article by Carla Wheeler, ArcWatch Editor.
Geography—even as a profession—is undergoing a renaissance. A new generation of geographers—working everywhere from government agencies to private companies—are pushing creative and technological boundaries as they analyze and synthesize information, tell stories with maps, and ignite change.
One of these new geographers is Jennifer D. Bell, a 26-year-old cartographic product engineer at Esri. Hired in 2014 on the heels of successful summer internships at Esri and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Bell uses the geographic information system (GIS) software that Esri develops to create beautiful web maps in bold colors that please the eye and tell a story. She’s a geographer, cartographer, artist, scientist, and storyteller, wrapped up into one.
“I love my job, creating maps that are meaningful and could possibly bring change,” Bell said.
Read the entire article in this month’s issue of ArcWatch.
Thinking of applying for an Esri internship? Learn about Jennifer’s journey as a Software Products Intern.
It might be, if you are a recent college grad, are pursuing a post-graduate degree, or have ArcGIS for Desktop skills but GIS is not your focus. Basically, the ArcGIS Desktop Entry exam is designed for people with less than two years of experience using the software.
Get the full story in these two Esri Training Matters blog posts:
- Announcing a Brand-New ArcGIS Desktop Certification
- ArcGIS Desktop Entry-Level Certification: Now Playing in Test Centers Worldwide
See if this certification is for you, and how it might benefit your future career goals!
Esri Campus Ambassadors are former interns and User Conference student assistants who have been chosen to promote Esri technology and career opportunities on their campus after returning to school in the fall. Melanie Rosenberg is a great example of how this experience can help launch a successful career.
What’s your background? Where did you go to school and what’s your degree in?
In 2013 I graduated from the University of Maryland (UMD) in three years with a bachelor’s in GIS and Remote Sensing and a Certificate in Latin American Studies. I continued my education and in 2015 I gained my master’s in GIS and Remote Sensing from UMD.
During my time in school, I worked full time as a graduate research assistant or research intern at NASA for three years on and off. I also interned at the Esri R&D Center–Arlington in 2014 on the Story Maps team.
Earlier this year, in honor of Earth Day, Esri donated tree saplings to employees in Redlands and also provided funds for each of our regional offices to plant a tree in a park or at a school in their community. Staff in the Denver regional office worked with the City and County of Bloomfield to plant a tree in East Park. “The tree is just down the street, and we can watch it grow up,” said Kathy, Regional Office Administrator.
Philadelphia is known for the Liberty Bell, the iconic scene in the movie Rocky, and of course Philly cheesesteak. Another ‘icon’ familiar to staff in our Philadelphia office is the Esri Birthday Cake. The mouth-watering dessert is baked to perfection at a local bakery and quickly devoured at the team’s monthly birthday celebration.
By Citabria Stevens, ArcNews editor
There are countless ways to enter the field of GIS and, with a bit of imagination and creativity, even more ways to use the technology.
This notion of limitless possibilities was the overarching theme of a series of events put on by the Young Professionals Network (YPN) at the 2015 Esri User Conference in San Diego, California. The YPN, in its inaugural year, offers budding GIS professionals—of any age—the opportunity to network with peers and meet some of the most dynamic and influential people in GIS.
Esri staff in our R&D Centers have ongoing collaboration with development teams in Redlands through regular phone calls and video conferences, but they also come here several times a year for meetings and personal interaction with teams. Mabel Ney from the Portland, Maine R&D was in town recently for just such a visit, so I took the opportunity to get to know her and the work she’s doing.
A colorful table setting and festive hats were part of a “high tea” luncheon held in the Washington, DC office to honor Judy Rote, who will be retiring from Esri June 30th. It was also Judy’s birthday, so it was a dual celebration!
“My time with Esri has been a blessing, from getting to know of Jack and Laura and to having wonderful managers/supervisors,” Judy reflected. “It truly has been a pleasure to work for and with Esri. My retirement is bittersweet because of getting to know everyone and missing them. So, thank you Esri for 16 wonderful years!”
Rapport in Esri offices often extends beyond regular working hours, and the Denver office is no exception. They shared a few pictures of recent activities the team participated in.
Several activities took place last week in celebration of Bike to Work Week. From an informative brown bag session on bike safety, our bike sharing program, and a new proposed bike trail, to a bike ride around campus, many employees took the opportunity to show their support of getting to work on two wheels.
In addition to the benefits of getting exercise and saving the environment, Esri offers ongoing incentives for employees who bike to work (as well as walk, carpool, or take public transportation). It’s a win-win! Continue reading