Hayden M. Elza
GIS Developer / Forester
Just a rural Wisconsinite making his way through the world solving life's riddles as they come. Currently residing in Madison, WI. You can find me sailing or flying multi-copters.
Projects
Experience
Research Specialist - GIS
Wisconsin State Cartographer's Office
Apr 2019 - Present
Technical lead on NOAA-funded project of special merit (PSM), a collaboration between the Department of Administration (DOA) and the State Cartographer's Office (SCO). The goal is to use AWS as our main platform for our cloud environment to provide a digital space for our stakeholders to store, share and explore data, make and share maps, use tools, and collaborate on problems shared across administrative boundaries.
GIS Analyst - Research Staff
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Mar 2016 - Dec 2018
Mladenoff forest landscape ecology lab, main task is to lend technical support to a research project studying the tension zone in Wisconsin. Manage and utilize database systems, augment spatial data using GIS GUIs as well as custom scripts, curate lab data, manage long-term data storage, and pioneer new projects as well as lend support for ongoing projects and students.
GIS Web and System Developer
UW Sea Grant Institute
Jan 2015 - Jan 2019
Manage map/GIS related servers and customize web applications to fit the Sea Grant Institutes specific needs. Work with open source GIS-software including MapServer, GeoServer, GeoNetwork, PostGIS, PostgreSQL, and Open Geoportal while developing a custom stack.
GIS Analyst - Student
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Nov 2013 - Mar 2016
Work on a plethora of projects including assessing wetlands loss in Wisconsin since pre-settlement time, Bordner map digitization initiative, and other small projects and map/data requests.
Research Intern
Umeå Universitet / SLU
June 2013 - Aug 2013
Research focused on many different aspects of nitrogen fertilization and cycling as well as how nitrogen fertilization interacts with different aspen genotypes. Topics covered included: data collection, experimental design, and statistical analysis.
Education
Professional GIS Certification
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Aug 2014 - Dec 2015
A graduate-level capstone program providing a mix of GIS theory and practical experience for many possible applications and fields. Capstone project exhibited applied knowledge of GIS theory and techniques.
B.S. Forest Science
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Aug 2010 - May 2014
Coursework focused on forest management and geographic information systems. Classes consisted of indoor instruction and outdoor practicums. Summer research and capstone project provided valuable experience and consolidation of knowledge.
Secondary Education
Berlin Area School District
May 2010
Graduated with honors with studies focused in math and science.
Certification
Amazon Web Services Certified Cloud Practitioner
Jun. 2019
OSHA Chainsaw Safety Level 1 – Forest Safety Instruction
Nov. 2014
Skills
Python
Bash
R
Java Script
HTML + CSS
SQL
GDAL/OGR
ArcGIS
Quantum GIS
Tomcat
Solr
GeoServer
GeoNetwork
PostGIS
PostgreSQL
Linux
AWS
Microsoft Servers
Microsoft Office Suite
Illustrator
Photoshop
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