“My tutor at Edge Hill recommended me for my current role at Precision Decisions and has offered me any support that I may need in the future”

After graduating from Edge Hill in 2016 with a Masters in Software Application Development, Louis Gilmartin has put the plethora of skills he acquired into helping farmers detect and monitor their crop health.

Louis said:

“My role as a Geospatial Web Developer at Precision Decisions is to develop a system that downloads and processes satellite data to help farmers detect any problems with their crops. I develop python scripts which download satellite data from the European Space Agency, and IDL scripts which process the satellite data and produce vegetation indexes so that farmers can easily see how healthy their fields are.

“Other than working from home, one of the things that I enjoy most about my job is that there are lots of different aspects to the role. One day I may be writing IDL scripts which process image data, and another I could be updating an Android app or developing a Windows application.

“One of the most important things I learnt during my time at Edge Hill was project planning and how to prioritise my time to meet strict deadlines, which is a vital skill for most roles within the software industry.

“The University has been very supportive since I have graduated. I have stayed in touch with my tutor, Professor Mark Anderson, who recommended me for my current role at Precision Decisions and has offered me any support that I may need. I have also been invited back to Edge Hill to attend various events, such as the Computer Science departments’ end of year showcase.

“The advice that I would give to current students who want to get into the software industry is to write lots of different software. If you have some spare time, use it to create something and it will not be time wasted.”