Final Portfolio

Hi, I’m Max Felsenstein, a junior Writing & Communications student-athlete at Drew University. This website demonstrates my skills using Geographic Information Systems from our GIS class.

My final project, comparing Major League Baseball stadium elevations to exit velocity and home run distances demonstrates my best abilities using different GIS tools. Using Google Maps, Sheets, and Graphs helped finish this project.

Over the course of the semester, I learned how to use ArcGIS Pro, programming using Open Source GIS- R Studio, digitizing, Geocoding, 3D analyst, spatial analyst, ModelBuilder, and helping analyze different types of data amongst many different types of GIS.

A list of my favorite projects:

How Elevation affects Home Run Distances in the MLB

Tornado Density Map (1950-2017)

Midterm Project: Mass Shootings in 2017 and 2018

Comparison of USGS Contours and Lidar Returns at Drew University

In the tool bar on the right side, you’ll find easy access to each project we did over the course of the semester categorized by the skill used in class which is accompanied by an example of how we used that skill over the course of the semester.

Percentages of Black Citizens in US in 2016

Figure 1: Percentage of population of black citizens in the United States in 2016 with a 5-year estimate.

Published chart:

The average number of United States citizens that are black or African American per state is 3.03%. In the country, a large percentage of the black population is located in the Southeast region of the country with the highest percentage actually coming from Washington D.C. at 50.3%. Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Louisiana all also have high populations of black citizens.

Tornado Density Map (1950-2017)

The above map shows the tornado density in the United States from 1950 to 2017. It is helpful for meteorologists and those who predict the weather. In the midwest region, there were more tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and Arkansas. Especially comparatively to the pacific coast and the rest of the northeast, where the tornado density is almost none at all.

NJ School Locations in Comparison to Hospitals

Unfortunately, the scale bar was unavailable for this image. But, this graphic shows every New Jersey public, private, and charter in comparison to the location of the nearest hospitals. Each school is surrounded by the 5-mile radius. It turns out, that almost every single school in New Jersey is within 5 miles of a hospital. Which is surprising because I’d hypothesize that a school has to be within 5 miles of a hospital due to emergency.