Transportation Interns are GIS Students
Sarah Zydiak has one requirement left before she graduates from Bowling Green State University and that is to complete her internship at TMACOG. As soon as she finishes her summer work here in August – collecting traffic counts and uploading data – she’ll be graduating with her bachelor’s in Geography. Laura Gantt is the second TMACOG intern working on traffic counts. She has only a little longer to go than Sarah. Laura will graduate in December with the same degree, a bachelor’s in Geography, also from BGSU.
Both Sarah and Laura are looking for careers in GIS technology although neither started college in that field. Sarah is from Cleveland and was studying Art Education but was inspired by a Geography professor who taught an elective class that Sarah enjoyed. The professor told her about the wide range of options available to people who know GIS. Sarah will be looking for work with a municipal government and is willing to travel for the job. Laura, who has family in Vancouver, Washington and in northwest Ohio, started in languages and culture on the west coast. An enthusiastic Geography professor showed Laura that Geography presented opportunities for combining her interests with a skill like GIS. Laura transferred to BGSU to complete her degree. She is planning to apply to the Air Force and is interested in geospatial intelligence.
Traffic counting of cars and trucks provides information essential for local governments planning road signage, new development, analyzing safety infrastructure, and making many more decisions. Each summer TMACOG completes hundreds of traffic counts on roadways in surrounding counties.
TMACOG members with special requests are invited to contact Marc VonDeylen, TMACOG transportation technician, to schedule a count.
(left to right) Sarah Zydiak and Laura Gantt lay out hoses for traffic counts. The
data collector records number of vehicles, type of vehicles (car or truck), and speed.