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August 11, 2014
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John G. Fuehrer II, PLS, PE, Ephrata, Pa., received the Earl J. Fennell Award from the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) in recognition of distinguished educational contributions to the surveying and mapping profession. NSPS Executive Director Curt Sumner presented Fuehrer with a plaque at the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors (PSLS) Board of Directors meeting August 1 in Camp Hill, Pa.

Fuehrer, president of Fuehrer Associates, Ltd., Ephrata, Pa., has been a licensed Professional Land Surveyor since 1971 and a licensed Professional Engineer since 1976. Earning his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tri-State College (now Triune University), Angola, Ind., in 1970, Fuehrer’s career has focused on civil and environmental engineering and surveying projects. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Army from 1963-67 and achieved the rank of captain.

His educational leadership roles include serving as chairman of the PSLS Education Committee and the annual Surveyors’ Conference, which offer continuing education opportunities for surveyors. In addition, Fuehrer was instrumental in launching the first online educational webinar series for PSLS. He also oversees the PSLS Exam Subcommittee, which is responsible for developing the Pennsylvania State Specific Surveying Exam for professional licensure, and serves as a member of the Pennsylvania Land Surveyors Foundation, which disseminates up to $20,000 in scholarships to surveying students each year.

Furthering his educational contributions to the surveying profession, Fuehrer has served as chairman of the Industrial Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania State University Surveying Program since its inception in 1996. In this role, he ensures that the program meets quality academic standards to prepare students for entering the field of surveying. Additionally, he volunteers as the PSLS liaison to the Pennsylvania State Registration Board of Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists.

A member of PSLS since 1977, Fuehrer has served the organization as president; state director of the Reading Chapter; and member of the Public Relations, Membership, Bylaws, and Legislative committees. On two occasions, 1999 and 2007, he received the Surveyor of the Year Award, which is PSLS’ highest honor.

In his community, Fuehrer is a past president and board member of the Ephrata Performing Arts Center; past secretary of the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce; member of the Lions Club; and member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, where he has served as a council president, assisting minister, and chairman of the Property Committee. Other accolades include serving on the Pennsylvania Governor’s Conference on Handicapped Individuals and the Elizabethtown Hospital for Children and Youth Advisory Board. A commercial fixed-wing pilot, Fuehrer enjoys flying his Cessna 182 and spends his free time touring on his motorcycle.

About the Earle J. Fennell Award: The former American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM), which merged with National Society of Professional Surveyor (NSPS), created this award in honor of Earle J. Fennell, who served as ACSM’s president and executive director. Today, NSPS continues the tradition of this award. Recipients are individuals who make distinguished educational contributions to the surveying and mapping profession. The nominee may or may not be a professional educator, but should have a sustained record of superior performance in surveying and mapping education for more than 10 years at the local, state, or national level. 

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