Isibue is a junior geography major who is involved with Research Rookies and the NIU Soil Judging Team. Along with Robin Grooms, Jenée Carlson, Jessica Fliginger and many others, he will present his work Tuesday, April 19, at URAD.
As a Research Rookie, Isibue has been working on a project titled “LiDAR Mapping for Merged Interior and Exterior 3D Modeling.” He is using a portable LiDAR (a laser-based measuring unit) to scan portions of campus to try and build a digital 3D model of buildings that can be used for emergency response situations.
His favorite parts of the project? The opportunity to learn and use technology and methods that are at the leading edge of the field and could one day save lives as well as looking back to see his personal development.
“It is the milestones that I accomplished along the way,” he says, adding that what “had appeared as insurmountable as mountains when I started now feel like they were just stairs getting me to where I am now.”
He advises students who are interested in projects similar to his to not worry if they have no idea what you are doing. Instead, he says, students should throw themselves into research projects headfirst and accept that they will feel completely out of their league: Every great discovery started with someone not knowing the answer but deciding to go on anyway.
To learn more about Isibue’s work or other research projects, visit the URAD displays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. For more information, email URAD@niu.edu.