Region: Central Inland
Project(s): Water Conservation through AMI and GIS
Hi! My name is Ernesto Ruvalcaba, and I sometimes go by Ernie, and I was born and raised in SoCal (Inland Empire). I graduated from California State University of San Bernardino in 2016 with a B.A. in Geography and certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). I went abroad during my undergrad and that led me to venture out and pursue my Master’s degree at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom to obtain an MSc in Geographic Data Science. I worked on a project in Liverpool that was based on race riots in the year 1919, and I was in charge of collecting data from the Liverpool Records Office and create maps of West Africans and West Indies that were affected/displaced, property damages in the city, and “colored men” that served in the armed forces during World War I. This project showed my passion for mapping, and when I found out about CivicSpark, I knew that this fellowship will be able to help grow my professional skills in GIS and apply what I have learned during school towards local communities, so that they will be able to visually see a story of the environmental impacts/improvements that we are making in their communities. Besides mapping, during my spare time I love to travel and getting to know new areas and cultures!