Stewart asked Morgan Rowden, CZO, Project Coordinator, GIS, Five Questions. Here’s what she had to say!
Q1: What do you do at Stewart, and what is your favorite part of the job?
I work in the Geomatics department at the Old Poole Rd. location in the quickly growing GIS team! My main goal is to transform data into actionable insight for various purposes, from asset management and suitability analyses to creating apps to serve both internal peers and external clients.
Q2: What led you to a career in the Architecture/Engineering/Construction industry?
I began college undeclared. I grew up in a town of 1,000 people in middle-of-nowhere-Illinois, so I was sheltered from the world, to say the least. When I learned that I could explore the world through GIS without ever stepping foot in the area, I said sign me up!
Q3: If you could share one piece of advice with someone just starting out in their career, what would it be?
Don’t be afraid to fail. Failure is where you will learn the most. It’s where you will grow. Don’t be afraid of change. It will diversify your thoughts and approaches to the work you do.
Q4: What impact do you hope to leave with the work you do?
My hope is to advocate for how diversely applicable GIS is. I have enjoyed trouble shooting problems with a GIS lens. It can be used for everything from analyzing our environmental changes to aiding our troops overseas by providing insight to areas past enemy lines.
Q5: What is something surprising that people may not know about you?
I teach children with disabilities how to ride horses! It’s an engaging and fun take on physical therapy. It has been rewarding being able to combine my passion for the equine sport while getting to hang out with some really cool kids!