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Meet Megan Perron

We love hearing more about our students’ and alumni’s varied backgrounds, interests, and how they decided to continue their education. Let's learn a little more about Megan Perron, who recently completed the Master's in GIS.

Megan Perron in cap and gown

“Penn State has absolutely launched my career in GIS!”

A Chat with Megan

Let us know a little about yourself, your current employment, and how you 'found' GIS.

My name is Megan Perron. I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I’m currently based out of the Denver Metro area where I’m an Associate Technical Consultant at Esri. I work in the Professional Services Division where I’m focused on helping our users with app configuration, automation, and system architecture. My undergraduate degree was in Environmental Science, Economics, and Policy from Claremont McKenna College in SoCal. In my last semester of undergrad, I took a GIS course on a whim that led me to Penn State’s Graduate Certificate Program and eventually, the full MGIS.

Student Profiles

Dave Grolling

Dave is a GIS Deveoper for the University of Kansas, and completed Penn State Online Geospatial Education's Geospatial Programming & Web Map Development Certificate. 

Ben Nyberg

Ben Nyberg is an MGIS graduate who currently works as a GIS Coordinator and Drone Specialist for the National Tropical Botanical Garden. His work using drone technology to study the unique flora in Hawaii has recently been in the news. Learn more about his path to our program and his advice for prospective and incoming students. 

Sue Ann Pinton
Sue Ann

Sue Ann Panton is an MGIS Graduate, who was also the Esri Innovation Program's 2021 Student of the Year. She works for the Kissimmee Utility Authority in Florida, and her MGIS research explored using GIS in the electric utility field. 

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