In todays fast pace information technology industry, the demand for researchers with advanced computer science research capabilities is at an all time high. As a computer science researcher, I have realized that my experiences in computer programming and website development has enabled me to develop goals that will allow me to excel in the Information Technology Industry.
Thus far, my academic research has enabled me to take part in the Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER) and the Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) program at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) that is administered by Dr. Linda B. Hayden. The combination of Dr. Hayden's leadership and the quality of research has influenced a forward thinking approach to my academics and career goals. It is my abilities I posses, the determination to succeed, and the guidance/ leadership of my mentors will allow me to develop into a true Information Technology Professional.
As of today, I have had the opportunity to partake in four academic year research projects and four internship. As a result, of the valuable research experience I have been afforded the opportunity to travel to various conferences which have had a profound effect in developing my oral and written presentation skills. During 2005, my freshmen academic year, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Multimedia Team mentor was Mr. Jeffery Wood, who is ECSU's Web page Developer. The research project was titled “Automated Approach of Cataloguing TeraScan Images Utilizing Active Server Pages”. The team was tasked with the responsibility of receiving remotely sensed Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) and Sea Wide Field-of-View Sensor (SeaWiFS) data for research projects year round. This data was collected, processed, annotated, and transformed into images in the Tagged Image File Format (tiff). In the summer 2006 URE program, I was a participant and a member of the "Antarctic Temperature Mapping Team". The team mentor was Dr. Malcolm LeCompte, who is presently in the Department of Mathematics & Computer Science at ECSU. The goal was to compare archived surface temperature data from an Automation Weather Station (AWS) on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet with coincident daily brightness temperature data collected by the Special Sensor Microwave Imager (SSM/I) aboard the Defense Meteorology Satellite Program (DMSP) polar orbiting meteorology satellite series.
In summer 2007 URE program, I was a participant and a member of the "GIS Web Application Development Team". The team mentor was Joseph Ausby, GIS Analysis, for the City of Elizabeth City. In summer 2008 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) program, I was a participant and a member of "Northeastern Fishery Services" in Gloucester, MA. My mentor's was Marcy Scott, Biologist & Sean McDermott, Fishery Biologist for NOAA fisheries service in Gloucester, MA. These internships and research projects have allowed me the opportunity to seek superior understanding in locations where research is optimistic and supported.
As I prepare for graduate school, I look forward positively, in pursing a professional career in computer science research. It is my belief that my leadership, professionalism and research capabilities distinguish me from the rest of my peers. My short term and long term goals are realized.