Edward Shipman, MNR, GISP


Edward Shipman, MNR, GISP

Since December 2016, I have worked in the GIS Unit at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) as a Systems Engineer and GIS Programer. I develop server deployment scripts, manage deployment, troubleshoot applications, and develop solutions with a variety of technologies. I also invetigate new technologies and make recomendations to the organization on these technologies.

Prior to NCDOT, I was employed as a GIS Programmer at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA&CS) from 2006 - 2016. I worked on a wide variety of projects, including veterinary medicine, disaster response, public health, food recalls, forestry, and standards. Designing databases, spatially enabled or not, and applications for the diverse customer needs has given me insights into a wide range of disciplines. As a GIS professional, I see that everything has spatial and temporal position. There are some different approaches, but the data and processes are much more alike than different.

I earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at NCSU. My undergraduate degree is in archaeology. I received Master of Natural Resources degree in 2006, studying under Dr. Hugh Devine. For my master's work, I built a mobile application for collecting spatial information inside buildings without GPS. It was a great challenge that really helped prepare me for my career.

I spent 4 years serving as Scoutmaster for a Boy Scout Troop of 50 youth. I provided leadership, facilitated planning, mentoring, and recruited other leaders. The Troop camps every month of the year. Typically we produce 4 Eagle Scouts annually. Mentoring and guiding the youth and their parents has been a great experience and has made me a better leader and follower.