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Class 94 802K Student Homepages 2012. GIS Adelaide class
Martinus AzaryahI am a 2 year MSPPM student for 2011-2012 period. My background degree is in engineering,Industrial engineering to be precise. My work experience include working in the factory ofgarment industry for one year as a system analyst (but not IT system), and as an auditor forIndonesian government (2008-now).I dont play soccer, i dont do surfing, I eat almost the same food as it was yesterday and the daybefore and day before and so on. I dont like traveling, I think it waste of money that I hardlycollected, I dont like drinking, i think drinking is for a loser who just want to keep drunk all thetime and forget the reality, I dont smoke, I eat candy or chocolate instead, and Im a guy not agay. I have a humorous personality and easy to approach (at list it was my impression formyself). If you read my wiki and think that i sound like a grumpy old hag, well I am old, and rightnow i just really want to graduate with a good mark......Why so serious ????
Benjamin OrtizHello everybody!!I am Ben from Argentina, South America. Like many of you, a few years ago I would have neverthought I would end up studying so far from my hometown. However, this unique experienceproved to be worth it as well as enriching and life-changing. Besides taking the 2 year longMSPPM I am working part time in a local construction company, so I am always juggling withmy time.Having a civil engineering background encouraged me to undertake this course as GIS looms asa paramount tool for any large project. Curiously, I did not have this course in my bachelorsdegree curriculum. I hope I can make the most of these 12 weeks and get familiar with this tool.As to my personal life, I enjoy playing soccer and am a former amateur rugby player. Back inBuenos Aires, I would attend every match Boca Juniors (the best and finest soccer team ofArgentina by far) played and I look forward to resuming that habit after graduation!! Eventhough we will complete this class on line I am sure we will manage to get to know each otheron campus.Cheers,Ben
Chikezie IsiguzoI am Chikezie (chi-ke-zie).I am from Nigeria, an AUSAID scholar, on study leave from my employers the Central Bank ofNigeria where I serve as Manager, Information System Audit .My professional background include Accounting, Auditing, Enterprise Architecture, InformationSystem assurance and risk management.I hope the course will help prepare me for the dynamic changes in the professional workingenvironment this generation is experiencing.I also hope the class will allow me a new view of the world and presenteation/resolution ofissues through the perspective of GIS.I have a lot to learn and know that each person has a lot to teach - and I expect to get the bestexperience this class could give.I am married with two pretty daughters (age 4years 10months and 1year 1month respectively)I cant wait for December 2012 to be united with them, that is why I must do well and meet mygraduation date.
Cong HoangMy name is Hoang Huu Cong (or Cong Hoang in English way :-) ), from Vietnam. I am studyingMSIT at CMU, Australia and in 2 years track. My background is in IT with few years experienceof software development. I just came Australia in January 2012. I also visited Belgium, SouthKorea and US and Australia now is a new experience. Each country gives me a cool experience :-).I like playing and watching football (soccer), watching movies (action, science fiction andcomedy) and listening to music (love song or "soft" song, not rock music). Sometimes hang outwith friends in coffee shops to chat something and sometimes eat a lot :-).
Elizabeth KioriaAm an a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management scholar, from Kenya taking the twoyear session. This is my first Semester here at Carnegie Mellon University. Im married and havea 3 years and 8 months old daughter. I left my husband and daughter back in Kenya and hopingthat they will join me soon as I settle down. I love traveling, adventure or nature walks, readinginspirational book, singing, meeting new people and watching movies. I have studied aBachelors Degree in International Business Administration, concentrating in Marketing. I havealso undertaken a Master of Arts in Organizational Management concentrating in HumanResources Management.My previous employment was in several Companies mainly in the Administration Department.My past employment was in a National Assembly of Kenya Constituency office. I wasaccountable to the Member of Parliament, of that Constituency, in the role of a ConstituencyManager. My job involved analyzing the challenges in the Constituency, deriving way to comeup with project to be funded by the Government under the Constituency Development fund totackle the challenges. This called for meetings with local leaders to discuss how the communitywill become involved in owning and managing the projects. This was a challenging position thatinvolved a lot of planning, organizing and coordinating different events through out theconstituency.I believe that studying Geographic Information Systems, will give me the skills and theknowknowledgeanalanalyzinga that will be useful in making informed decisions. The class willenable me interact with the faculty and fellow students that have fast experiences fromdifferent countries therefore proppreparingto be a global partner in making a difference in theworld. Am looking forward to gaining more knowknowledgethe use of Geographic informationsystems.
Hassam RajaHi EveryoneMy name is Hassam Raja and I am from Pakistan. I am doing MSIT 2 year program at CarnegieMellon and I am graduating this December. My background is Computer Science and I havethree years experience working in technical consulting, software and web development. I aminterested in GIS since I am a part of a startup Bushfire Connect (www.bushfireconnect.org)that maps bushfire emergencies all over Australia using the Ushahidi platform. I am interestedin learning data analysis using geographic mapping and deriving decisions based on them. I amlooking forward to an exciting journey through this course with you guys.RegardsHassam Raja
Jacqueline BelgicaHi everyone!I am Jacqueline Belgica from Manila, Philippines. You can call me Jacque. I am currently on my3rd & last (Yay!) semester of my MSIT program.I am a systems analyst back home, handling mostly SAP applications. I work for the Central Bankof the Philippines, which is the bank of all banks. I am friendly, fun-loving and very positiveabout life. Life is a continuous learning journey for me. I speak and write English, Filipino(Tagalog) & Mandarin, but I know a little bit of Fookien too. I try to find time to learn newthings whenever I can (dressmaking, cosmetology, yoga, etc). I consider it a gift to be exposedto many different cultures so I travel as much as I can (& as long as I am able to afford it.) Ibelieve that man is meant to explore the world so I try to discover it more one day at a time.I read a lot of books, especially the works of Paulo Coelho and Sidney Sheldon in particular. Ilike to keep myself updated with current events (although breaking news tend to be mostlynegative). Among my guilty (but unhealthy) pleasures is Hollywood gossip, so I take time toread on those as well whenever I go online to check on the news. I always enjoy a goodconversation, especially with someone who is open-minded, insightful and smart.Studying here at CMU has been quite an adventure. It has been a rich learning experienceworking with people from such a diverse set of cultures. Living here in Adelaide (and away fromall the comforts of home) has taught me a lot on how it is to live independently. I discovered alot of things about myself here -- among them is that I can cook decent meals and can dolaundry!As cliche as it sounds, I do want to change the world. How, I am still not sure! Although I amlooking at teaching part-time when I get back.. hopefully to impart some useful knowledge toeager learners. I also want to start a fashion line once I am stable enough to fund one.I am looking forward to learning a lot from this class and from all of you, so I hope we can dothat :)Best x
Jaksha ShahHello Everyone,I am currently doing my Masters in IT 5 semesters Management track. This is my 3rd semesterand just two go! :)I come from India, Pune city. I completed my under-graduation as an IT Engineer.I decided to domy masters as I wanted to develop my Management skills. Prior, coming to CMU-A I haveworked as an software application developer for two years at Bank of New York Mellon,Chennai. My job description focused on enhancement and maintenance efforts in scripting. Idecided, to do GIS as I have heard from many students in the past the content of this course isvery good and also has demand in the industry. My take away from this course will beunderstanding GIS concepts and applying to the real world problems.In my personal life, I love to cook and try new things. I enjoy doing water, adventure sports andtravelling to new places.
Jimmy GalindoHi guys. I arrived to Australia a bit more than 1.5 years ago with my wife an my daughter full ofdreams. I got an undergraduate as a computer system engineer nearly 10 years ago and Idecided to start a master in Australia may be 4 years ago. Since that time I have to start planingmy new life in Australia due to impact of this decision in my our lives. Now, although sometimes the situation is not exactly that I expected, I have enjoy a lot in this nearly two years.I enrolled in this course just this week because at the beginning I did not think on taking GIS,but I was told that this a very interesting tool that can help me get an important newknowledge.
Kasimona Sichela My Name is Kasimona Sichela. I am AusAID scholar from Zambia. My background is in Computer Science. I have worked in Mining firm and later on two different health non governmental organisations. I worked as data manager for my last employer and in the course of my work, it became apparent that there was need to be able present reports that show how geographical locations contribute to the reported indicators. An interest in GIS was therefore birthed, hence my doing this course. I am particularly interested in how i can be able to embed GIS functionality in software applications. I find myself coming up with a lot of interesting ideas (of course i need to work on being able to implement these). And i think i forgot to mention; i am doing the MSIT 3 semester program.I am not all about work though. I have a social life too! I have a beautiful wife and daugther (mydaughter just turned 1 today!!). They did not accompany me here and hence, i am having amiserable time here. Cant wait to graduate in December, 2012 and be re-united with my family!Facebook profileLinkedin profile
Marco SalinasHello there, I’m Marco Salinas and I grew up in beautiful Mexico withmy dearest brother Daniel. Other than studying until late hours atUniversity, you can find me running around, biking and, most recently,celebrating my birthday (May 17th).This is my very first semester at CMUA and let me say I’m honored tobe part of this course and you are welcome to find more than acollege on me.I’m currently enrolled to the MSIT program -two year track, and so farthe University has exceeded my expectations. I’m sure it will completemy academic education and will provide the necessary tools to beapplied to improve my country’s public policies through the use ofinformation technologies.Back in Mexico I worked as technological advisor for theUndersecretary of Competiveness at the Ministry of Economy. My jobwas to improve the Federal regulatory framework, particularlyconcerned on businesses’ life cycle. And even though I am done withthat, I still have a couple of projects in mind I would like to flush outthe pipeline.Some hobbies I stop doing since I arrived to CMU-A (need to get back into them) are: paella cooking, rockclimbing, guitar playing, and soccer -sport that I played for years as undergrad student. So feel free to leave amessage just to say hi or in case you are interested on doing such things...Let me share this links with you:- ITESM (My Alma Mater) - My Favourite place in Mexico- Ministry of Economy Mexico - How to cook a perfect paella- My Resume - My Flickr account- Digital Map of Mexico
Michael KahukoHi,My name is Michael Kahuko from Kenya.I am taking MSPPM two year track.I have a Bachelor ofscience in Comupter science degree.I tutored various computer courses after graduating andworked as a freelance web/software developer.I loved geography back in my high school daysand have always wanted to further my knowledge in the computer field with a course relatedto geography and this I believe is my opprtunity.I am a soft spoken person,but quite easy going.I love travelling and my dream destination isIsrael and Egypt.If I won a lottery I would set up a trust fund to help the needy people in mycountry and use the rest of the money to travel round the world.I believe this course will be really enjoyable.
Muhamad Arif HadiwinataGday MatesIm a MSPPM student, and this is my last term..Hurrraahhh!!!!!I come from Indonesia, and Jakarta is my hometown. My academic background was Sociology,and I have 4 years experience working with National Government agency (Ministry of NationalEducation) and AusAID as an independent consultant in Educational Policy Reform in Indonesia.Personally, I have no specific academic background in GIS. However, one of my workingexperience was dealing with school mapping in Indonesia. I expect to gain a lot of skill andknowledge after finishing this course, so when I go back to Indonesia, I can apply my GIS skill.Playing guitar is my hobby, and I like 90s music, especially Brit Bands: OASIS, Blur, Radiohead.and off course MUSE. I live in Adelaide with my wife and my son. I also like football (soccer) andLiverpool FC is my favorite club. My biggest dream is that I have a time travel machine thatcould take me back to May 2005 in Istanbul, when Liverpool won UEFA European ChampionsLeague against AC Milan from Italy.If one of you wants to go to Indonesia, I am more than happy to welcome you guys.Cheers.
Quyen Le Hoang(Xin Chao!!!) - Hi everybody, I am Quyen Hoang, I am come from Hanoi - the capital city ofVietnam. The first thing I can say about myself that is a big secret garden always insides me ;)Now just want to tell you a tiny corner of that garden. I got married in 2008 and have a lovely 3year old daughter. She lives here with me now and we are enjoying happy life everyday. She isreally my treasury that Ive ever had.Graduated from Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (faculty of international law) in 2007, I wasrecruited to work in a non-governmental organization headquartered in India named asConsumer Unity and Trust Society (CUTS). My main work was involved in implementingresearch projects on competition law and consumer protection and some other developmentprojects.Over a year working in CUTS, I noticed that I achieved development in working experience andmight have more positive orientations in career that could bring greater benefits to thecommunity. I decided to work for the Vietnam national poverty reduction program as a projectcoordinator, I believed that this job not only would I be helping the community, but I would behelping others to help the community as well.The decision of acquiring master degree in public policy has been the turning point in my life.Joining Carnegie Mellon University, I wish to develop my specialized knowledge based on thefocused ideas; issues and trends derived from public sector and community developmentissues. GIS course to me is a new concept and methodology. However, I believe that itsfeasibility and applicability would be fruitful to my future work related to developmentprojects.In addition, I am addicted to travel ;) hence, GIS might take me to any corner in the world withdata, images and information that I am interested in.I do hope you all guys and me will have amazing and fantastic time with GIS adventure.Thanks and Good luck!Cheers,Quyen Hoang
Razaullah KhanI am student of MSIT here in adelaide campus. I have a degree in computer sciences and hasbeen working in different organizations on different possitions. My primary experience is in thesystem administration and support as well as implemenation of new systems. I can work onwindows, linux and unix and have an experience of almost twelve years with computerhardware troubleshooting, maintenance and upgrade. I have worked on windows 3 andwindows workstation and MS-DOS when there was only the intel 286 and 386 processers in themarket and these systems have no harddrive and has memory of 32KBs. I remember how hardit was to install and operating system when on of the large floppy disk gets corrupted and thewhole set would not work.Before comming to Australia i was a system engineer at a goverment organization known as"National Database and Registration Authority". Before that i was regional IT coordiantor forone of the countries largest bank known as "MCB Bank Ltd.". Before that i has worked as alecturer at Pakistan airforce accademy and at the university of engineering and technologyPeshawar.If anyone has a problem with there computer feel free to contact me for a solution.I used to be a very active in sports but the Govermnment sector job didnt allowed me for muchactivities for the last few years. I am a cricket player and had played up till district level. Back inmy home town cricket and wollyball are the only popular games. I didnt like the later one somoved on with the first. I did have a good record in the game and would usually open thebowling for my team apart from that i was a middle order batsman but never managed very bigscores but did managed to get the team to a good possition when needed.My home town "Peshawar" is located just near the afghan border. Its used to be the mostpeacefull city of the country but these days now one would like to travel to this area, I wish icould see my city back with peace and harmony.
ROMEO LUKAHi there guys. I arrived in Australia over two years ago to study nursing which I successfullycompleted in December 2011. I have an undergraduate degree in business informationtechnology and some working experience in the IT industry. On completing my nursing studies,I realised that my true passion was computers and I decided to return to my first love. I believethat life is about sharing and that everyone has a positive contribution to make. When we seeeach other, share a smile with me. Cheers
Scott YurcheshenHi Everybody,My name is Scott Yurcheshen and I am in my last semester here at CMU-Australia. I havewanted to take GIS since a few friends took it last year and spoke highly of the instructor andcontent. Further, GIS seems very applicable across a variety of jobs, and I think having abackground in it will be useful. I have no prior experience with the content, but have installedArcGIS and am ready to roll!I am from the U.S., where I grew up in New Hampshire and got my undergrad degree in financefrom Boston College. I spent the two years before CMU with the U.S. Peace Corps, working inthe Kingdom of Tonga. I lived on a small, remote island, without electricity, running water, or adoor to my bathroom. I just went to India for two weeks over semester break (hence my TajMahal picture), and it was a fantastic experience.Alright, thats all for now. Look forward to learning a lot.
Srinivasan VembuliHello Everyone,Im Srinivasan Vembuli (most of them call me "Srini") from India.Im doing 2 years MSITprogram at CMU Australia.I have worked as a Software Engineer in HP for 1.3 years and as a Senior Application developerin Bank of New York Mellon for 3.9 years. My work experiences have been varied from design,coding, to leading and have provided me with an exposure to Financial domain. They have beeninstrumental in directing and shaping my career goals.In my first semester at Carnegie Mellon University, I had an opportunity to work on a projectwith South Australian Police(SAPOL). The purpose of the project was to analyze and propose aknowledge management system. The project not only increased my skills as a consultantarchitect but also provided me an opportunity to engage in with SAPOLs senior management.Im looking forward to learn more on the GIS technology and its applications.I love road trips.Cheers.
Stephen NjugunaHi Everyone,I am from Kenya and from a small countryside town called Nyeri, it is an amazing place to bein,rich with fauna and flora. It is beautiful to wake up every morning and enjoy the scenic viewof the snow cupped mountains and the harmonious melodies of the singing birds.Talk ofadventure sites and you will find them here.If you are looking for a place for your holiday,I amphone call away.I am a Biomedical Engineer in my 5 semester track in MSPPM,it is amazing to be in Adelaide. Ihave worked with the Government of Kenya and ECRAF both as an engineer and aresearcher.While working in the private I dealt with community health and social issues whichsparked my interest to learn more and coming to CMU was a right choice.Anyone out therewilling to train me more? I would be glad toCheerz guys
Ali SyedainHi Everyone,My name is Ali Syedain and i prefer to be called Syedain (Sa-ya-dan). This is my last semesterand i couldnt be happier.I am from Pakistan and i come for a humble family, where my parents are both retired and weare 3 siblings. I have an MBA in marketing and this would be my second masters. It was mydream to study abroad and to embrace diversity.Before coming to CMU i was a productmanager liabilies for a local bank and was damn good at it (but that part of my life is over andnow it time to look beyond).A bit about myself, i am usually introvert in the start and i hate small talk and to mingle, butpeople say i am almost bearable. I love cricket and love my country. I like breaking boundariesand barriers, and love to challenge myself and stereotypes.I love cricket,music and reading and i love, love,love travel ( i was a steward for an InternationalAirlines). My dreams keep on changing and i love to make mistakes in life cause my mistakesand failures are my best teachers.My latest two passions are Foreign Donation an NGO I started here in Adelaide with CMUstudents and it encourage international students to be more prone towards the idea ofdonation from blood donation to time and organ donation.The second is the school called Hunar ( Urdu word meaning talent) where i started this fortheunder privilege people of my country. The idea failed,but after coming to CMU, i know soonit will be time to pick up where i left out.
Thien-HuongHi everyone,I am Thien-Huong, from Vietnam. The first time I heard about the word GIS was like six yearsago, when I was working as a graphic designer, a five page brochure about GIS. This soundsinteresting-I thought to myself - I never knew I would have a chance to get to know more aboutit later on ;-).Though loving working with colors and lines, I felt like I was missing something from this job.One fine morning, I got a phone call from a stranger, he introduced himself as one of my friend,(who had this believe that I should do something other than designing), asking me to come foran interview for a PR position at his firm.That was an awkwardly funny moment, I didnt even know if he knew my background or not butI couldnt embarrass my friend so I said Id come. Id never been to a press conference, read apress release or had any idea what is a media briefing, but somehow I managed to get thru theinterview, did well the test and the weeks after, I found myself there in the office, with myteammates (who became my very good friends later) sometimes by 11pm preparing for anexclusive interview, VIP visits or some events. The workload (also working time) was double towhat it was before but I was happy with it and really love it.After few years working, I decided its time to know something new and the world financialcrisis might be a good time for studying so here I am, back to student.I am now on my second semester and GIS is my first distance course Ive taken, but feel quite"close" as I can find the answer to all my questions so far with detail and updated instructioneven with this Student Homepage. The only problem with me now is the VirtualBox to installGIS software on, to what I understand a virtual motherboard for Window7 or something likethat but this minor problem will be solved on next Monday.Thank you all for reading :-> Huong.
Umair SaeedMy name is Umair and I come from historic city of Lahore in Pakistan. I have a bachelors degreein computer sciences and similar work experience. After getting the hands on experience whileworking 4 years for leading telecom operator, I felt an urge to upgrade my skillset and for that Icame to CMU in 1 year MSIT track.My motivation in this course is to learn the dynamics of GIS and ways it could combine theunderlying principles with other areas of IT and telecom to generate greater business value. Iwant to understand that how companies such as Wal-mart have found unique ways tointegrate and automate business process and workflows with geospatial insights, integratedwithin their BI system.I hope to have a good learning experience with all of you.RegardsUmair
Vinay RajagopalVinay Dudda Rajagopal here. Doing my 1 yr MSIT at CMU A. This is my last semester.Prior to CMU, I was working for Motorola as a Pre Sales Solution Architect for South East Asiaregion. Prior to which I was a software developer for Motorola India in the WiFi division.As part of my job, I have had experience of Enterprise Mobility deployments for major playersin Retail, Supply chain, Education and Manufacturing segments. My expertise is Mobilecomputing, RFID and WiFi.I love traveling, cycling and backpacking. Thanks to my previous job, I have had my fair bit ofluck traveling all across SE Asia and US.Waiting to pass out and get back to work!On GIS part, I have had some exposure to ArcMap clients on Mobile computers. But never gotmy hands dirty with server side of analysis. Hope to do that in this course.
Class members' intro for GIS course, Carnegie Mellon University - Australia, May2012