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Matt Ponder-Waldrup
1112 Laurelleaf Drive, Pflugerville, TX 78660
512-983-3524 mrp89@txstate.edu

SUMMARY
Geospatial Scientist with research and modeling experience. Organizations will benefit from my leadership
abilities, project management experience, and skills developed while achieving Eagle Scout.

EDUCATION
Master of Applied Geography in Geographic Information Science
Texas State University, Graduate Assistant for the Department of Geography, Expected
Graduation in May 2016

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Business Administration Minor
Baylor University, Deans List - Fall 2013, Graduated May 2014

SKILLS and CERTIFICATIONS
Esri ArcGIS Certifications, Including: Surface Modeling, 3D Visualization Techniques, 3D Analysis of
Surfaces and Features, Deriving Rasters for Terrain Analysis, and Using Raster Data for Site Selection
ArcGIS (ArcMap, ArcScene, ArcGlobe, ArcCatalog), ERDAS Imagine, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel,
PowerPoint, Access), Python Scripting and Automation, Database Management

WORK EXPERIENCE
Graduate Instructional Assistant for Physical Geology Lab August 2014-Present
Department of Geography at Texas State University
Instructed students in basic geologic principles such as mineral identification, geologic structures, and
groundwater processes
Developed teaching materials and prepared and administered exams
Coordinated lesson plans with fellow Physical Geology Instructional Assistants and the Physical
Geology Lab Coordinator on a weekly basis to ensure compliance with the approved curriculum

Mickey Leland Environmental Intern Summer 2014
Nonpoint Source Team Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Utilized Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to research potential success stories of restored water
bodies removed from EPAs 303(d) list
Geolocated Nonpoint Source best management practices to determine their potential connection with
water quality improvements
Analyzed surface water quality data for potential water quality improvements related to Nonpoint
Source Program activities
Updated and developed TCEQ Nonpoint Source project fact sheets and maps
Attended relevant watershed stakeholder meetings and Nonpoint Source Team meetings
Performed automated spatial analysis using VBScript, Python Coding, and ArcGIS Model Builder

ACADEMIC RESEARCH PROJECTS
Groundwater Characterization of Highlander Ranch, Waco, TX
Used Trimble GeoXM and Garmin GPS surveying equipment to collect field data for water elevation.
Developed a three dimensional hydrogeological characterization and visualization of a shallow
groundwater aquifer system at the Highlander Ranch groundwater research site using ArcScene.

Modeling Sulfur Dioxide Dispersion from Select Point Sources, Houston, TX
Created an ArcGIS Model using the standard Gaussian Plume Dispersion parameters to represent the
atmospheric dispersion of Sulfur Dioxide from industrial point sources in the Houston area.

INTERESTS and ACTIVITIES
Boy Scouts of America; Troop 157, Round Rock, TX 1998 2009
Achieved Eagle Scout March 2009
American Association of Petroleum Geologists 2013 - Present
Association of American Geographers 2014 - Present