Meet Alina Kmiecik, Smart M.App Product Manager for Hexagon Geospatial. This week in the I am Hexagon Geospatial video series, Alina shares her story of when she first became interested in software engineering and GIS. Get to know more about Alina in this Q&A and check out her #MyGeoStory!
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I spent my childhood in the small Polish city Zduńska Wola, where I was born. It is located 50 km from Łódź – the third biggest city in Poland – where I live now with my family. My parents still live there thus I tend to visit my roots as often as possible, letting my children benefit from the atmosphere of Zduńska Wola. As a child, I always considered my city as the safest place on the planet, full of positive and active people. It was well developed city even during socialism as several big factories were located there.
Q: What did you study in school?
A: I have Masters and Engineer degree in Computer Science. I attended the Technical University of Lodz, Poland, Faculty of Physics, where I studied Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. I also attended the University of Pisa in Italy, where I participated in a PhD program in Computer Science. I had to quit the program in the second year after my thesis approval due to family reasons.
Q: How do you spend your free time?
A: Free time – is it such a thing indeed? 🙂 Frankly speaking, I have never been a person that can sit down and do nothing. My family says that I’m not in my comfort zone if it is too quiet around me and I will trigger some actions myself if nothing exciting appears on the horizon. I’m dedicated to my children and try spend time with them (actively) as much as possible. Late evening is the best time for reading and discussion with my husband.
Q: What’s the coolest project you’ve worked on during your time at Hexagon Geospatial?
A: Smart M.App naturally! It is the first software platform we provide on the cloud to GIS and non-GIS community that allows users to develop applications within minutes, based on the fresh data and focused to real-world “what will be” answers instead of available software buttons and features. I’m very fond of my own job!
Q: What do you see happening in the future of geospatial?
A: As the world changes, GIS has to transform as well. People no longer want to think in terms of sophisticated yet disconnected software that they have to learn for non-negligible time in order to benefit from the GIS functions offered there. People expect immediate answers to their cross-domain questions about the surrounding environment, observed changes or possible trends, similar to the way they look for cooking recipes in Google. It means on-the-fly processing of geospatial data captured everywhere by sensors flying over our heads and linkage with other sources of non-geospatial information to be displayed in a way that allows answers to the questions from a single eye shot. We believe Hexagon Smart M.Apps can be the engine to provide the answers.
Q: What’s an interesting thing about you that you’d like people to know?
A: As a teenager, I trained in traditional karate, attending training every day and participating in national competitions. I left the career for my family and studies, with 3rd kyu (brown belt). I think that this adventure had a major impact on my character, forcing me to always focus on the shortest and safest paths to achieve a goal.