Heather

Anne

Swienton

My path in Geographic Information Sciences at Texas A&M University has

led me to a myriad of opportunities. Whether it be in participating in the oil and

gas industry or conducting academic research, I have yet to find a field where GIS is

not valuable. Throughout coursework and experience, I have found a special niche in cartography

This as well as my passion for the arts allows me to transform what is understood with logic into creative

visualizations that inspire a new perspective and understanding of the dynamic world around us. I believe there is great value in being able to communicate large concepts with creative visual designs such as maps, infographics, diagrams, charts and much more.

I consider myself a creative person. When I am not studying, I enjoy painting with acrylics or experimenting with pastels, and I love playing the piano. I also practice boxing and crocheting as a way to keep busy. Born and raised in Texas, I appreciate family-style barbecue and the occasional night out two-stepping with friends.

I originally found my way to studying geosciences through an Intro to Geology course, when I was absolutely captivated by the chapter on soils in my textbook; following my graduation in December 2018, I achieved a minor in Geology. In addition to a deep appreciation for earth systems and geologic processes (as seen here), my international travels have also given me diverse cultural experiences. Having awareness and passion for both the earth and the people in it gives me a

unique point of view of what and who we are mapping.

The world is constantly changing, and studying GIS helps me to tackle new challenges with a spatial perspective

while creating a keen skill set for critical and creative problem solving.

What am I up to currently? Following my research presentation in Australia in May of 2019, I have started my Master's in Geography at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. I am currently in the processes of creating more maps and learning Adobe Illustrator and InDesign in my Advanced Cartographic design course, teaching undergraduate students Historical Geology labs, and progressing on my thesis. 

What's next? Completing a thesis in the field of Cartography.

Texas A&M University

Jan 2019 - June 2019

ConocoPhillips

Summer 2018

Post-Graduate Researcher

    

Conducted geoscience research with a focus on paper writing and publishing. Projects include: personal research, data visualization, analysis of GeoJobs in today's industry, and more. 

Land GIS Analyst Intern 

    

Summer internship at company headquarters in Houston, Texas. Expanded core knowledge of oil and gas lease and land skills with a spatial analysis perspective. Collaborated across multiple departments to ensure shared vision of projects such as designing enterprise-wide webmaps utilizing ArcMap and web servers.

Summer 2017

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Summer 2016

Exhibits Department Intern      

 

Summer internship in Dallas, Texas. Collaborated with multiple museum departments to identify and resolve exhibit issues, and evaluated museum design and functionality to enhance visitor enjoyment.

Education & Experience

Texas A&M University

Aug 2014 - Dec 2018

Texas State University

Aug 2019 - May 2021

Bachelor of Science       3.68 GPA CUM LAUDE

 

 Geographic Information Sciences & Technology,

   concentration in Earth Systems Analysis

Minor in Geology 

Master of Science         4.00 GPA     

 

Geography, focus in Cartography

Graduate Assistantship

DEVELOPING IN:

NOVICE SKILLS IN:

Essential Skills

PROFICIENT IN: 

ArcGIS Suite

2.5 years of experience with ArcGIS including ArcMap, ArcScene, ArcCatalog, ArcOnline, and ArcCollector. 

Microsoft Office

Proficient in PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Word, etc. 

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ArcGIS Pro

Building skills in ArcGIS Pro in Advanced Cartographic Design course, Spring 2020. 

Adobe InDesign

Building skills in Adobe InDesign in Advanced Cartographic Design course, Spring 2020. 

Adobe Illustrator

Building skills in Adobe Illustrator in Advanced Cartographic Design course, Spring 2020. 

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Inkscape

1 year experience with Inkscape in conjunction with ArcMap 10.5. 

ENVI

Developed skills in ENVI in Remote Sensing in the Geosciences coursework. 

Python

Learned basics of Python throughout Fall 2018 programming coursework. 

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Texas State University

Aug 2019 - May 2021

Graduate Assistant

    

Funded graduate teaching assistantship with responsibility to conduct undergraduate labs in Historical Geology. I also serve as a Master's Student Representative as a liaison between faculty and masters students, as well as a committee member of the student-run Geography Student Research Symposium

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