Meet the Interns - Edison Orellana


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Major in Geographic Information Science

What are you working on at Agrible? 

I work on analyzing and manipulating geographic data for the purposes of answering geographic questions, presenting geographic information, or solving whatever geographic challenges we might come upon. I'm learning about lots of new tools for GIS and general data science. 

What got you interested in GIS work?

I took a course my first year called The Digital Earth (GEOG 105) which formally introduced me to geographic information systems and their uses in many different fields and the effects they've had on different industries. Before that course I had never really thought about the incredible logistics behind something like overnight shipping and just how much optimization it requires. There are so many moving parts working in tandem and they all have to be managed perfectly otherwise the whole system fails. Yeah, overnight shipping is amazing. 

What do you hope to get out of your internship at Agrible?

I'd want to get really good at doing actual GIS which means moving away from the prepackaged 'silver platter' data that I get in my classes and start working on something that has no step-by-step guide and will result in producing something that is actually useful to people.

If you could have lunch with one person, living or dead, who would it be?

I feel like I'd be wasting my lunch that transcends the permanence of death by having lunch with someone still living, so I'd want to choose someone dead. As such, I think I'd choose my great-great-grandfather, Fred N. Bazola. He lived to his late nineties so I got to meet him a few times when I was young but I don't remember much and he wasn't all there at the time. But from what I've heard from my great grandparents, he was a really interesting guy. He was a dentist by trade, but it didn't stop him from being a craftsman/inventor in other areas. He would make artistic trinkets (like cufflinks or jewelry) out of old dental fillings or coins. There was also a story I heard about him being one of the team of scientists who convinced governments to add fluoride to municipal water supplies to promote good dental health. He was also born in an entirely different era so I think I could learn a thing or two from him about things back then.