George M. Cole is a professional surveyor and engineer currently serving as a visiting professor of surveying at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. In addition to many years in private practice, his professional experience includes service with the predecessor to the National Geodetic Survey in the first satellite geodesy program and service as the State Cadastral Surveyor for Florida. Dr. Cole is also the author of several surveying texts.
While many lament that new surveyors are entering the profession with insufficient mathematical skills or drive, this is not true of the surveying graduates at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). Surveying students at UPR are very comfortable with trigonometry and easily handle the calculus and matrix algebra necessary for least squares adjustments, map projections and physical geodesy courses. In fact, UPR students not only demonstrate a passion for their studies, they have a passion for surveying in general.