GSS Spotlight!

MATT HOGAN

Student Intern

What is your education and professional background?

I went to undergrad at the University of Dubuque, majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Natural Resource Management, and playing baseball. Immediately continuing on to a M.S. in GIS at Saint Marys in Winona, that has now transformed into a M.S. in Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics (DIGA).

What led you to GIS? More specifically, how did you get to Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (SMUMN) in Winona? 

Junior year of undergrad I took an intro to GIS course, Remote Sensing, and Adv GIS, working with ArcMap pretty extensively and I immediately began to think that it was something I could see myself pursuing further and making a career of. No other course in school made me think that until GIS. It was pretty much a no-brainer when i decided I wanted to continue my education after undergrad in a Masters degree in GIS.

Explain briefly a project at GSS you've done that contributed to your overall knowledge and educational experience.

The Minnesota NWI project has been the bulk of what I have been working on here at GSS for almost a year now. I have learned how to identify many wetland plant species as well as different types of wetland complexes. I have enjoyed doing the work in my current state and on the type of terrain that I am familiar with and spend time on.

How do you see GIS fitting into your future? 

My M.S. has just recently shifted a little bit from Geographic Information Science to "Master of Science in Data Intelligence and GeoAnalytics" or DIGA. I am also interested in getting a basic pilots license and exploring what else I can do with that in the world of GIS, Data Intelligence, and GeoAnalytics. I am still open to any and all possibilities. I am hoping to stay in the Upper Mississippi River Valley area.

Where can we find you outside of GSS? 

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You can find me fishing for walleyes or hunting waterfowl in the fall, mainly on the "Mighty Miss" but also anywhere across the upper midwest. Secondary to fishing and waterfowling, I also dabble in a bit of turkey hunting, morel hunting, bow fishing, and anything out of doors. If I am not in the great outdoors, I am obsessing over the Cubs at beautiful Wrigley Field, cheering for the Bears, watching the Blackhawks, or waiting for someone to come save the Bulls, in that order.