Photo credit: Steve Shambeck, PLS Photography

The National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) held its 10th Annual Student Competition in conjunction with the California Land Surveyor’s Association (CLSA)/Nevada Association of Land Surveyors’ (NALS) joint conference in Las Vegas, NV on March 7, 2011. Seven schools with baccalaureate degree programs in surveying, surveying engineering technology and/or surveying engineering participated.

Each competing team had four months to develop a project in the area of “Hydrographic Surveying”; write a 30pp. paper; prepare a wall poster; and give a 20 minute presentation at the conference. Judges for the competition were A. Wayne Harrison, President of NSPS; William Coleman, President-Elect of NSPS; Robert Dahn, Vice-President of NSPS, Carl R. CdeBaca; NSPS Area Nine Director; and Robert J. Reese, a Past President of CLSA.

Troy University. Photo credit: Steve Shambeck, PLS Photography


First Place:Troy University, Troy Alabama

Second Place:University of Maine, Orono, Maine

Third Place:Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Fall, Oregon

Honorable Mentions (In alphabetical order)

California State University, Fresno; Fresno, CA

Michigan Technological Institute; Houghton, Michigan

New Jersey Institute of Technology; Newark, New Jersey

University of Puerto Rico- Mayaguez; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

At the conclusion of the competition each team received a crystal bowl and each individual on the team received a participation ribbon and medallion in recognition of their efforts.

This year’s competition was coordinated by A. Richard Vannozzi, Assistant Professor of Civil Technology/Surveying and Mapping, Thompson School of Applied Science at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH and further questions can be addressed to him via email Schools wishing to receive information regarding the 2012 competition should contact Mr. Vannozzi at the above email, as well.