Amy J. Hopkins, PLS, of Delmont, Pa., has been awarded the Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors' (PSLS) 2015 Surveyor of the Year Award. It was presented to her during the society’s annual conference in Hershey, Pa., Jan. 25. The society’s most prestigious award is presented to a surveyor who has displayed exemplary service to the society, and whose work has benefitted the land surveying profession and the public. Hopkins has the distinction of being the first female to ever receive the award.
Hopkins started her career as a geodetic surveyor in the U.S. Marine Corps where she served for 11 years. She began her surveying career in North Carolina before moving to Indiana in support of her husband’s military career. After four years in Indiana, Hopkins came back to her hometown of Murrysville, Pa. and began the application process for Pennsylvania licensure. She became a licensed surveyor in Pennsylvania in March 2011.
In 2008, Hopkins worked with then President Rick Phillips to develop a mentoring program for upcoming professionals. In 2012, she organized the presentation of a mock trial to help train surveyors for the task of being an expert witness. She has also received the chapter’s Distinguished Service Award three separate years.
The Pennsylvania Society of Land Surveyors is a statewide professional organization that supports the practice of land surveying. The society focuses on providing education, encouraging legislative involvement, enhancing public awareness and promulgating ethics of the profession.