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Department of Earth Environmental and Geospatial Sciences

Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan Current location

  • Danbury, Connecticut

Date of Graduation from Lehman

  • May 2015

Type of degree/major/specialization/certificate

  • M.S. GISc – PEAR Option 

Title of MS-GISc capstone project

Internship with US Forest Service New York Urban Field Station – Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project (STEW-MAP)

Positions held since graduating

  • United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (DOALOS) – GIS Intern
  • Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) – GIS Analyst

Type of work you do there

At WestCOG, I research the accessibility of vulnerable populations to resources such as higher education, English learning courses, and employment. I analyze and visualize traffic congestion to improve transportation planning. I support local municipal governments on planning projects.

Specific accomplishments of which you are most proud

In a summer internship at the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, I contributed to processing of maritime boundaries and limits for over 50 nations and the development of a web portal to disseminate spatial data to the general public for the first time.

Geography or GISc activities and/or accomplishments, awards, internships, publications

I have an ongoing experience of collaborating with my dad, a historian, researching the spatial dimensions of the 19th Century Brooklyn Irish. We have presented our work at the Urban History Association and Middle States Division of the Association of American Geographers conferences.

Overall assessment of how Lehman’s EEGS Program prepared you for your current life

Lehman’s coursework displayed the wide range of topics applicable to geographic information science and provided the skillset needed to solve problems, both spatial and aspatial. At Lehman I developed my research abilities and discovered how to incorporate new methods and techniques into my work. In the emerging GISc field, there is always a new trick to learn and my time at Lehman showed me how to continue learning even after my degree was complete.

Comments on the EEGS Dept Program you were enrolled in

The GISc program at Lehman is a second family. Faculty and staff are welcoming and supportive of every student, whether they are a non-degree or Master’s student. The students in the GISc program are collaborative. It isn’t rare to see students helping each other on assignment or encouraging each other on a research project. Everyone is promoting the academic and professional development of their peers. That is what makes Lehman special.

What else have you been up to?

I spend a lot of my time in my new home, Connecticut, outdoors. I enjoy hiking, cycling and skiing. I have also become involved with two local non-profit organizations, Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, an educational resource for parents of and students with learning disabilities, and Community Plates, a food recovery organization.