Professional Statement

My name is Michael Koch and I am currently a junior at Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. I am majoring in Computer Information Science with a double minor in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing (GIS/Remote Sensing), and Geology. While attending ECSU I also completed my Associates in Science Degree in Computer Information Technology at College of the Albemarle (COA), in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. I graduated from COA in May of 2011. In addition to my Computer Information Technology degree I also received a Database Management certificate.

 I received an Associates in Science degree in General Education from College of the Albemarle(COA), in 1995 and proceeded to work in the drafting/design field until 2009. The economic downturn caused me to be laid off, at which point I decided to go back to school for my Computer Information Technology degree. What started out as an effort to enhance my resume and job skill set has turned into a passionate pursuit of furthering my education to be the best that I can be in the fields of GIS/Remote Sensing and Computer Science.
Prior to attending ECSU, I completed an internship with the city of Elizabeth City GIS/Planning Department as part of my studies at COA. I truly enjoy working in this field as it closely aligns with my background in drafting and design.

In the fall of 2010, I was accepted into the Center of Excellence for Remote Sensing Education and Research (CERSER) scholarship program at ECSU. The program is under the leadership of Dr. Linda B. Hayden and provides students with undergraduate research experience, educational support, and assistance with obtaining internship experiences. CERSER has afforded me with the opportunity for professional development and scientific research experiences. I have learned to use Linux and Mac OS as well as software programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Dreamweaver.

In the summer of 2011, I was accepted as a summer research intern at Indiana University (IU), Bloomington campus. At IU I worked with Dr. XiaoFeng Wang in the field of computer security. The internship program exposed me to programming methods and cloud computing security issues. Specific areas of research dealt with modifying Java code in a hybrid cloud environment to separate sensitive data from public data. I presented my research at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Indianapolis, Indiana.  

I look forward to challenging myself in the classroom and in the field. After completing my Bachelors Degree I hope to pursue a master’s degree in the area of Remote Sensing and to learn all aspects of Geographic Information Science. I am prepared to work hard and make the sacrifices necessary to achieve my goals.