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Emma Paz


My road in life has taken me all over.
I was born in Honduras and grew up in Chicago, Illinois.
I took to science and math pretty naturally, motivated by teachers who believed I could excel and pushed me to learn more—I decided to major in chemistry with the goal of becoming a pharmacist.
When I was rejected from pharmacy school, I realized that I should probably put more thought and intention into my path—this ultimately led to me changing my major to biology.
While in graduate school, I joined a computer class in geographic information systems on a whim—it clicked for me right away and I absolutely loved it.
I stepped away from geographic information systems and spent a few years teaching science in Maryland.
I eventually came back home to Charleston, South Carolina, and landed my first tech job as a GIS specialist, where I was able to learn to code and start my path as a GIS Developer.
I’ve since been honing my skills in GIS and databases, web tools, and cloud technologies, which led to my position now as a Geospatial Application Developer for Blue Raster.
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High School
Biology, General
Kennesaw State University
Environmental Studies
College of Charleston
UAS Remote Pilot License
Federal Aviation Administration


Geospatial App Developer

I use geospatial data to create apps, beautiful maps, and meaningful data visualizations.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Building Things

Day to Day

I hop on the computer to greet my colleagues, check-in regarding project goals and priorities, and then get to review, process, and visualize geospatial data. The latter typically requires slinging code (i.e. writing, running or debugging database SQL queries, Python or Node scripts, or JavaScript applications).

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