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        Amy Ballard is Associate Dean in the School of Applied Technologies at Central New Mexico Community College where she helps manage Surveying and other programs.  Previously she spent 15 years working in the mapping industry and was a GIS Instructor at CNM prior to taking her current position.

       Tim Burrows is a multi-talented Geospatial technician with over 13 years of dedication to photogrammetry, with extensive experience covering all phases of photogrammetric mapping. Mr. Burrows is responsible for preparation of proposals, budgeting, project management and project scheduling. Mr. Burrows has managed digital mapping projects for DOT agencies, flood control districts, federal highway design, mining, private consortiums and survey/engineering firms.

       Dr. Sonya Cooper is a Regents Professor and the academic associate dean in the College of Engineering at NMSU. She has been a member of the Engineering Technology & Surveying Engineering department over 22 years, serving as department head prior to becoming associate dean. In addition to the college academic administrative duties, she teaches courses in civil engineering topics and serves as co-advisor for several student organizations. She is very active in the community and State as a board member of non-profit organizations and practicing engineer for structural and historic preservation projects across the State. During her fall 2015 sabbatical, she served as the National Park Service Vanishing Treasures structural engineer. Dr. Cooper held officer positions for the NM section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) for five years, serving as president in 2013. During this time, she chaired the 2012 NM Infrastructure Report Card. She has served as a national engineering accreditation commissioner and evaluator, and as an officer and member on national education committees.

       Tom Darling is the Division Manager for the City of Albuquerque Public Service University, providing training to over 6000 city employees in leadership, supervision, The Entrepreneurial Mindset and organizational development.  Tom holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Planning and a Master’s degree in Adult Learning.  Tom worked for 17 years as a Faculty member for the Business Administration Program at Central New Mexico Community College before coming to the City of Albuquerque. Tom is also a public speaker and executive coach training teams and individuals on healthy organizational development strategies and Leadership through his company TeamWork Logic.

       Eric Evans has worked with HOLMANS for nearly 16 years. He has been trained in Sales and Technical Support for Leica Geosystems, UAS, Scanning, and GIS products. Previously, Eric was in HOLMANS Technical Services Division as the senior Technical Service Specialist. Currently, he is a HOLMANS Technical Sales Representative covering Leica Geomatics for New Mexico, and is additionally responsible for Western US sales for HOLMANS on Leica HDS, UAS, and Public Safety products.

        Ron Forstbauer is a fulltime surveying instructor at Central New Mexico Community College, a Professional Surveyor and a US Mineral Surveyor. Ron was a principal in Forstbauer Surveying for 35 years.  He is past president of New Mexico Professional Surveyors and past chair of the New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors.

       Robert Green is a third generation Professional Land Surveyor who started his career in 1973 working summers with his dad. In the late 1970’s thru the mid 1980’s while attending Quinsigamond College he was employed by the BSC Group in Boston, MA as a Junior Crew Chief and gained his first insights into GPS technologies. In 1986 he left New England relocating to Southern Co. and worked as a Chief of Party for both Mangini Associates the Pueblo County Surveyors Office. From 1996 thru 2003 Bob was a small business owner of a Land Surveying and Geodetic Consulting Firm in Southern Colorado. During this time he served two terms as a panel member on the Colorado State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors. In 2002 Bob was the co-recipient of the American Council of Engineering Companies Award of Excellence for a Cadastral and Retracement Survey in Trinidad, CO. Bob currently holds the position of Geodetic Consultant at Vectors, Incorporated in Albuquerque, NM.Additionally, Bob is a Measurement Consultant to the United States Government and a Software Ambassador to the Trimble Navigation Factory.

In his spare time Bob is writing a technical history book entitled “The Evolution of the Ellipsoid of Revolution” A History of the Measurement of the Size and Shape of the Earth.


        Tony Nettleman is a Land Surveying Engineer and Attorney who holds the distinguished position of professional assistant professor at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, teaches continuing education courses for attorneys and land surveyors, provides online test preparation modules to help land surveyors become licensed in all 50 states, and serves as an expert witness in boundary, easement, title and riparian disputes. He holds a BS, MS and PhD in geomatics and a law degree. Tony has helped over 100 land owners resolve land disputes and determined professional negligence for dozens of professional surveyors. Tony has also published many articles in peer-reviewed journals and professional trade magazines. He is licensed as a Florida attorney and a Florida and Texas professional surveyor. Tony can be contacted through www.CNettleman.net.

       Jacobo Pacheco is the LiDAR Production Manager working out of Maser’s Albuquerque office. He is a native New Mexican, born in Las Vegas, and raised in Mora, NM. Jacobo has been licensed as a professional surveyor (PS # 17822) in the state of New Mexico since 2006. He obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Surveying Engineering from New Mexico State University in 2003. He is also a Certified Federal Surveyor (CFedS) registered with the Bureau of Land Management. Jacobo has 14 years of experience performing boundary, easement, and right of way surveys, subdivision platting, topographic surveys, control surveys, and construction surveying. In addition, he is experienced in the collection, processing, and extraction of LiDAR scan data for both engineering design/analysis and GIS applications. His experience and expertise ensure that all surveying and mapping projects are performed in accordance with the applicable laws, regulations, and project specific accuracy standards.

        John M. Palatiello is President of the firm of John M. Palatiello & Associates, Inc., (www.jmpa.us) a public affairs consulting firm located in Reston, Virginia, providing government affairs and association management services to firms and organizations in the surveying, mapping, geospatial, and engineering related fields.  He is Executive Director of the Maryland Society of Surveyors, the Virginia Association of Surveyors, and MAPPS, the association of private sector firms in the geospatial field, Administrator of the Council on Federal Procurement of Architectural-Engineering Services (COFPAES), a coalition of the nation’s leading design professional societies, and government affairs consultant to the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS).

In 2008, John was named by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kemphtorne as a one of the original members of the National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC).  In 2009, John was named one of the ten most influential people in the geospatial community by Directions Magazine and is listed in Who’s Who in Professional Design Practice.

In 2013, he was named by Governor Bob McDonnell to the Advisory Board of the Virginia Geographic Information Network (VGIN), the commonwealth’s statewide geospatial program.  He recently served on a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) working group on beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operation of commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

John has long been involved in public policy issues affecting the geospatial community.  He was the first Joint Government Affairs Director of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping (ACSM) and the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and was Assistant Executive Director of ACSM.  A Connecticut native, John has a degree in political science from The American University in Washington, DC.  He served for eight years as a Congressional staff assistant, including service as an aide to former Congressman John Myers (R-IN) and former Congressman Bill Hendon (R-NC).  He is a frequent instructor and speaker before surveying and mapping audiences, has testified before Congress on more than 20 occasions, and has authored more than 50 articles in P.O.B., Professional Surveyor, xyHt, and other publications on policy, business practice, and other issues.

       Lakshmi Reddi assumed the role as Dean of the New Mexico State University College of Engineering as of July 1, 2016.

Reddi comes from Florida International University where he served as Graduate School Dean. While at FIU, he directed the Academy of Graduates for Integrative Learning Experiences, which received National Award for Innovation in Graduate Education in 2013, an award co-sponsored by the Council of Graduate Schools and Educational Testing Service. Prior to joining FIU, Reddi provided leadership as department head/chair at two research-intensive departments, at Kansas State University and at University of Central Florida.

Reddi has written/co-written/edited eight books and more than 120 technical articles representing several interdisciplinary themes in engineering. He secured extramural funding of about $15 million from sponsors at all levels – federal (NSF, NASA, FHWA, EPA) and state agencies, regional centers and local industry. He has enjoyed a steady stream of NSF funding for more than two decades. He has established a collaborative network of researchers from Africa, America, Asia and Europe, with core group of investigators from South Korea, France, US, India and UK.

Reddi has received recognition not only for his academic accomplishments (teaching, research, advising/mentoring, service) but also for his administrative skills. While at Kansas State University, he received the Engineering Research Excellence Award and Presidential Award for the Outstanding Department Head. A two-time recipient of the James Robbins Teaching Award, Reddi is also a chapter honor member of Chi Epsilon and Eminent Engineer of Tau Beta Pi. A Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers) and American Association for Advancement of Science, Reddi was designated as Distinguished Alumnus by The Ohio State University in 2005. Engineering Societies of Central Florida honored him with the Engineering Leadership Excellence Award in 2010. He served on the board of directors of Florida Engineering Society and is currently serving on the GRE and TOEFL Boards of Directors within the Educational Testing Service.

Reddi’s educational background includes a bachelor of technology in civil engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University in India, a Master of Science in civil engineering and a doctor of philosophy in civil engineering, both from The Ohio State University.


       Jim Reinbold has a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University. While at Oregon State he completed 3 years of Architectural training. He moved to Colorado to pursue a Masters degree in architecture.  Family, work, cars and kids led him to full time employment.  He worked for three years with an architect and completed the first year of my masters program in architecture at the University of Colorado at Denver.  The economy turned down in 1985-86 and he was looking for work. A structural engineer that worked with the architect offered me a position.  Under his direction, Jim converted from architecture to structural drafting. He continued to learn and perform more and more of the design work.  In 1991, they converted from hand drafting to CAD with AutoCAD Release 10. Much like today, they would upgrade and learn the new software features with each new release. He was also becoming deeply involved in client contact. Civil design was added to the services offered by the firm. He accepted the opportunity to learn and experience civil engineering. As time passed Jim was once again picking up more and more of the design responsibilities and client contact, this time with civil clients.

In 1995 Jim became involved with performing training classes and demonstrations for the software our firm used for civil design. This continued as part of his duties at the engineering firm until he left in 1998 to start his own company. He continued to perform training and demonstrations and after a year went to work directly for the software company. He continued to learn more, adding office survey, field survey, GPS and data collectors, to the list of topics he supported and trained.

In 2000 Jim completed study and exams for the Microsoft certification program and received a title of Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. This certification is on Windows NT 4.0.

In July of 2007 Jim joined the staff at Carlson Software to continue working with surveyors, engineers and construction organizations to provide top quality products and services and further their ability to excel in their chosen area of work.

       Cliff Spirock co-founded Community Sciences Corporation  in 1974 and is the Director of the Board, the senior Land Planner and Corporate Registrant Land Surveyor.

With over 40 years of practical planning experience Mr. Spirock is versed in most of the large and small scale land development disciplines as well as land use, transportation planning, drainage management, community and fiscal impacts, lake and recreational development, and golf course design.

Mr. Spirock was educated at the University of New Mexico, Casper Junior College (Wyoming), Fenn College, and the Alexander Hamilton Institute. He is non-degreed.

Mr. Spirock was named “Surveyor of the Year” in 2008 by the New Mexico Professional Surveyors. He is currently registered in the states of New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona.

He is also trained and listed as an Arbitrator / Mediator with Construction Dispute Resolution Corporation, Santa Fe, New Mexico. His listed specialty is surveying dispute mediation.

As a businessman, he had been a founder and principal investor in Las Chamisas Inc. (Native Plant Nursery), ECOS Building and Development Inc. (homebuilding and land development) and Western Power Products Inc. (machinery sales).

In 2014, Cliff was appointed to the New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors by Governor Martinez. He sits on several committees including as Chair of the Professional Surveyors Committee.

Other Board committee assignments include: Public Information, Examination and Licensure Promotion Committee; Rules and Regulations and Legal and Enforcement.

       Bill Stone is the NOAA/National Geodetic Survey’s (NGS) Southwest Region Geodetic Advisor.  He assists the geospatial community throughout Arizona, New Mexico and Utah—including public- and private-sector surveyors, GIS professionals, engineers, and earth scientists—with proper application of the National Spatial Reference System.   Stone has been with NGS since 1989, and he previously worked for the Department of the Navy and the Defense Mapping Agency.  He has a BA in Physics from Bowdoin College and an MS in Physical Oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  He lives in Santa Fe, NM.


       Glen Thurow has been licensed since 1991 and is currently the owner of Land Links Consulting Service, a surveying and geospatial development firm in Albuquerque, NM. Prior to his current position he was vice-president for Geographic Coordinate Data Base development at Premier Geospatial, Inc. and oversaw projects in the development of the Cadastral National Spatial Data Infrastructure. Glen has also taught surveying and Geographic Information Systems courses at the Central New Mexico Community College and is a former chair of the Surveying Engineering Industrial Advisory Committee to the surveying program at New Mexico State University. He is a past-president of the New Mexico Professional Surveyors and was honored as the NM Surveyor of the Year in 2003. He served as the state lobbyist for NMPS from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Thurow was also the NSPS governor for New Mexico from 2009 to 2014. He was one of the founding directors of the New Mexico Professional Surveyors Educational Foundation and was appointed to the New Mexico Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors in 2013. Glen currently serves on the NCEES Education Committee and is a past member of the NCEES Law Enforcement Committee. He is also developing online training materials for the NSPS Certified Survey Technician program.

       Clay Wygant began working his way through the survey profession starting with local sole proprietors then the NMDOT to opening and running a successful Survey Consulting business and now as Manager of the Mobile LiDAR group for Maser Consulting. As a “hands on” manager he has applied his knowledge of the practical application of survey practice to the dynamic technology of close range remote sensing, “Mobile LiDAR”. Starting with Mobile LiDAR in 2008 Clay operated, marketed and ran the first commercial Mobile LiDAR system in the Americas has taught Graduate Seminars at Philadelphia University and international conferences, managed Mobile LiDAR projects across the nation ranging from interstate highway systems, cross country pipelines, waterways and rail systems.